The release of the Sentricon ‘Always Active’ Termiticide Rods has been a revolutionary step forwards in Termite Eradication. Termite Baiting is a process of multiple steps, which are simple enough in theory, but when it comes to termites, even the slightest mishap can cause active termites to vacate a termite bait station, and the colony continues on and into your home.
Traditional termite baiting involves the installation of a system with attractive materials installed to the stations. The attractive materials are timbers, which slowly degrade, giving off CO2, which attracts termites.When termites attack the stations, and their presence is identified during 8 weekly checks, a termite bait matrix is then added, which is a palatable poison. This termite bait matrix slowly kills the colony. But there are multiple areas where this can go wrong.
Many technicians and labourers charged with the task of checking stations and installing termite matrix for feeding can be heavy handed with the process, either scaring off the activity, or disturbing the active termites by being too rough with the station. Twist off bait station lids are an issue also. A design flow in moist termite bait stations is that when lids are twisted for removal, the station can move in the ground, severing the termite leads which provide access for the activity to feed in the station. This, incidentally, is why the Termicure Bait stations have a simple clip off lid. Secure, yet easy to access for minimal disturbance.
There are contamination issues with technicians hands having traces of other products on them (possibly from other pest control work, or traces of petrol from the service station while fueling a work truck). Contaminated tap water is also an issue, which is why distilled water should be used for all termite baiting work.
With the Termiticide Rods, these issues are almost completely non existent. There is no additional materials required for baiting live termites. They simply feed on the rod, which is what attracts them in the first place.
There is no disturbance with additional bait matrix, and contamination by the technician during checks or feeding is not an issue.
The only disturbance required, might be when an additional rod is added to a station, but by this stage, termites should be dependent on the materials, and simply be drawn further into the feeding cycle with the addition of a ‘food source’.
It will be interesting to see where this leads the industry. Professionals are already noticing the loss of customers through the DIY Termite baiting possibilities, and it’s becoming more common and viable for homeowners to keep their money in their pockets, and do it themselves.