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termite-infestation-baiting-systemA termite infestation is one of the last things a homeowner wants to think about. These little critters literally eat you out of house and home. If you don’t stop an infestation in time, you could be looking at considerable damage, not to mention the thousands of dollars often needed to fix it.


How a termite infestation affects your home


Most of the time, there seems to be an almost endless number of insects that are desperately trying to get inside your home. Some are seeking shelter, while others are hoping to invade your kitchen cupboards and trash for a quick meal. And some even feast on human blood.


Termites are in a class all their own. Why? Because unlike other creepy crawly critters, a termite’s primary food source is wood. This makes your house into one big, tasty smorgasbord. Because of this, it is imperative that you get rid of a termite infestation as soon as possible.


How insect baiting systems work


A number of baiting systems exist on the market that can be used to help rid your home of insects. Each baiting system includes a poison that is designed to attract a certain insect, whether your house has a problem with ants, cockroaches, or even termites. The idea is that the insects will take the poison (disguised as food) back to the nest, where the poison will spread within the larger group. When dealing with termites, however, the question becomes: can a baiting system help stop a termite infestation?


How termite baiting systems work


Some homeowners might wonder if a termite baiting system would be effective in preventing an infestation. After all, termites eat wood, and a baiting system’s success relies on being able to provide a substance that mimics, at least in some sense, the food that the insect needs for sustenance. It might not seem possible that a termite baiting system would be able to mimic  wood. To get around this, baits will typically use actual paper, cardboard, or other similar substance, which is then combined with the poison.


The success of termite baiting systems


How successful a baiting system can be at preventing a termite infestation is often reliant on the correct placement of the bait. The biggest challenge of using a baiting system is making sure that the termites are able to find it. For example, you’ll need to decide if the system would work better if it was underground or above-ground. Other factors can include the time of year, the amount of moisture in the area, and the availability of food. To get the very best out of your termite baiting attempts, consulting a professional is often a good route to take.

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