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How to Do Your Own Termite Baiting

Advance Termite Bait System, Hexpro and Firstline Termite Systems

We carry three of the professional termite bait systems on the market - Firstline Termite Bait Systems, Hex Pro Termite Bait Systems, and Advance Termite Systems.

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For Installation Procedures of Advance , Hex Pro , or Firstline Bait Stations, click here.

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Step 1First, make a survey of your property

 

 

A sample survey can be found at:

Sample Survey GraphSample Survey Graph

Draw a rough graph of the home. On this graph...you can show locations of doors,windows,gutter down spouts, air conditioning drains, stumps,firewood, bushes, etc.

 

You may use a blank graph found at:

Graph Sheet Termite Inspection Worksheet .

Just print it out and you are ready to go.

If you would like individual attention to your graph, you can fax, mail or e-mail it to us for our recommendations. You can find our contact information here.

As you walk around the perimeter of your home, take note of damp conditions which are conducive to termites:
Caused by shade, poor drainage, air conditioner condensation, etc. Mark these on your graph.

As a rule, you should position bait stations at 8-10 feet intervals,but follow manufacturers recommendations. However areas that are conducive to termites such as the following conditions, it would be advisable to have bait positions placed at closer intervals.

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Conducive Conditions

EW - Earthwood contact is where wooden portions of a structure touch soil or are embedded in concrete / flooring allowing undetectable termite access.

M - Excessive moisture within 3' of a structure provides water for termites and breaks down any termiticide treatment.

F - Foliage( trees, shrubs, etc. ) within 3' of a structure reduces visual access, provides food source and may breach any termiticide barrier via the root system.

J - Blind joints are areas where two concrete slabs meet and are blocked from visual access by wood or other material. This condition allows undetectable termite entry.

HT - Hollow tile walls allow undetectable termite access via void chambers.

S - Stucco siding embedded in the soil or concrete allows undetectable termite access.

C - Concrete cracks in excess of 1/16" allow undetectable termite entry.

W - Wood debris or other cellulose containing material should not abut the structure.

 

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Step 2Dig holes about 6" deep. ..big enough for the bait stations. Always be alert for utility wires,water pipes, gas lines, etc.

Distance from the house is not critical, but installing them 1-2 feet from the foundation would be a good choice. This is to avoid placing the bait in soil that may have been previously treated with termiticides. You certainly wouldn't want to apply insecticides of any type directly to the ground in which bait stations have been inserted after you’ve gone to the trouble of avoiding likely termiticide-treated dirt when you installed the stations.

When backfilling the dirt after the station is placed in the ground, make sure there are no air pockets around the bait stations. Also, make sure the lip of the station is flush with the ground. Make sure to mark the location of the bait stations on your graph or use small surveyor’s flags or some other method of determining the placements of the bait stations. Several months from now, they will be more difficult to find than you might think.

 

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Step 2Once installed, the bait stations should be monitored every 3 months. Monitoring more frequently than this, only serves to disturb the termites.

To help you keep on schedule :

Station Inspection Schedule


Station Inspection Schedule

 

 

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Step 2If termite mud tubes or live termites are found in a bait station,s then the wood monitor-replacement stakes (Firstline and HexPro) or the inspection cartridges (Advance ) should be replaced with the active ingredient or the toxicants.

It may be impossible to tell if you have eliminated a colony, but when the termites cease feeding, that is a positive sign of control and elimination.

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Step 2Once feeding has ceased you should return the untreated wooden replacement monitors to the bait stations, then monitor as before.

Each time you have finished checking your bait stations, you should also inspect your house for signs of termite activity. Peeling paint, mud tubes or rotting wood could be related to a termite problem.

Visit Termite Home Inspections for greater detail of termite inspections with pictures.

Since termites work from the ground up, make sure that door frames, siding,or and wood close to the ground is checked thoroughly and frequently. If you have any doubts about whether you have found active termites please call a licensed pest control company and have them inspect your home.

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