One of the first things that a termite control expert may recommend is the placement of monitoring stations. These monitoring stations can be placed in the soil and help the termite control expert determine whether or not termites are present and the colony’s general location. If the infestation is small, a pest control expert may switch out the monitoring station for termite bait stations. The bait stations are filled with a slow-acting insecticide. The idea is that the worker termites take the poison bait back to the colony and share it with its members. Over weeks or months, the poison will slowly kill off the entire colony. Bait stations work best on subterranean termites.
The drawback of the bait stations is that they take time to work. They may not be right for very large colonies that are in the midst of creating a lot of damage. Another risk is that the termites may not find the bait right away or at all. If they don’t bring the poison back to the colony, then it will never have a chance to work.
The benefit of the traps is that they are the least invasive method of termite control. They are also a much cheaper solution than tenting and fumigation.
In many cases, bait traps are part of a more comprehensive termite treatment protocol. Termite control experts may also use a liquid treatment at the entry points into your home and areas where the infestation is occurring.