Most of the homeowners often fail to decide which kind of treatment should be used to get rid of termites. There is no easy and simple answer. Following factors must be considered while making the decision:
- Are you against floors/porches drilled, or your furnishings moved?
Though liquid barrier applications available nowadays are less intrusive as compared to the past, few homeowners still object to them.
Customers who are considering bait treatment will usually be relieved to know that their floors will not be drilled or any furnishings moved.
Usually, for installing or monitoring the bait stations the pest control technician will not even have to come indoors. You can avoid drilling, dust or similar disturbances.
- Are you against having pesticides applied in your home?
With liquid barrier treatment gallons of termiticide will be injected into soil under and all around the structure. Health and environmental influence from such treatments will usually be considered negligible.
However, some people may still remain apprehensive. By using baits, the quantity of pesticide used will be miniscule, and your bait will remain confined below the ground in all tamper-resistant station.
- Whether construction features will make it difficult for treating with a liquid?
Few buildings having well, cisterns, plenums, nearby streams or ponds, sub-slab heating ducts, inaccessible crawl spaces, drainage systems or other features complicate treating of soil with liquid.
By using baits, such conditions are not a problem which can only be the feasible treatment form.
Those houses which were unsuccessfully treated by liquid also can be candidates for baits, as they do not need to gain access to any hidden or difficult-to-reach areas.
- How soon the infestation must be eliminated?
One limitation with all baits for termite is that usually they are slow-acting as compared to liquid effects. It may take weeks or months before termites may find baits underground and then distribute them among their nest mates.
Hence, the process of elimination may take many months or even longer to complete, also degree of damage and feeding may occur before bait takes effect.
Those homes with severe termite problem or people involved in real estate transaction will not like to wait that long and may prefer only liquid to be used or in combination with bait.
- How much can you spend for treatment?
Price needed for such termite services may vary based on factors like perimeter or dimension of home, type of construction and area of country.
Sometimes baiting may be costlier than liquid treatment as more visits will be needed for monitoring the termites, and also add/replenish baits.
Homeowners must consider both initial treatment cost as well as the annual fee in making the purchasing decision.
If you fail to maintain annual renewal agreement for baits then it poses additional risks, as there will be no residual pesticide which will be left in soil after termites have been totally eliminated.
Baits can be useful and also effective tools to manage termite infestation. Irrespective of which product or system is used, baits will not just work by hammering few stations into ground and walk away.
For better success needs thoughtful installation and also diligent monitoring by experienced technician, supported by responsible pest control company.