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There are a number of different monitoring and baiting systems available on the market today. These systems are designed to address subterranean termite activity and are not designed to address drywood termite activity.
While these systems can work, they are also subject to human error. The effectiveness of these types of systems is only as effective as a technician's experience and expertise. Additionally, the success of these systems is highly dependent upon a company's commitment to maintain the system and monitor it on a regular basis.
This section will give you an overview of monitor and baiting systems.
Excerpt From BugInfo.com Regarding Termite Baiting
"When a professional, licensed pest control company offers to place the termite monitoring stations around your home, what is it that you really are getting?
First, they will place "Monitoring" stations. These are generally tasty pine sticks set into plastic tubes that are placed in the soil in strategic locations. The tubes have "child resistant" caps so things cannot be disturbed. The professional then inspects the stations on a regular basis to see whether or not termites have discovered the food source.
When termites are discovered in the monitoring stations the pine sticks are replaced with the actual bait tubes, which are filled with the material which will kill the termites as they feed on it. With any luck the termites continue to feed at that point, and if they keep on feeding on the bait that is offered, and replaced at regular intervals, it may result in the complete elimination of that colony of termites. "
Quick Facts About Monitors & Baiting
1. Baiting systems do not mean that all termite colonies around your home will be eliminated. The baiting systems will only affect those colonies that feed on the bait tubes. Colonies around your home that do not feed on the bait tubes will not be affected.
2. Baiting systems can go undetected by termites. Foraging workers may move right past the stations. Therefore, bait systems are not a guarantee that you will never get termites in your home.
3. Bait systems do not work overnight. In many cases, it could take a few months to several years to eliminate a colony.
4. These systems require consistent monitoring in order to detect termite activity and replace the monitor sticks with actual bait tubes
What Could Happen: Reasonable Expectations
1. No activity whatsoever in the bait stations; OR
2. Delayed activity where termites begin to appear weeks or months later; OR
3. Some termite feeding activity followed by station abandonment; OR
4. Termite feeding activity that leads to colony elimination