XTERM™ TERMITE BAITING SYSTEM
XTERM™ Termite Baiting works by killing the workers in the termite colony. When the ‘worker’ termites have been eliminated, the whole colony starves and “crashes”. The queens and the soldiers die of starvation as they depend on the workers to feed them.
XTERM™ Termite Baiting consists of two components:
- In Ground (IG) Bait Stations for areas in contact with soil. These normally consist of plastic sleeves which are put in the ground around the house or property
- Above-Ground (AG) Bait Stations for direct placement of bait cartridges on locations with termite activity ie. above ground around the house or property.
To effectively bait for termites, a pre-baiting strategy is implemented.
Step 1 – Pre-Baiting
Termites only eat wood and cellulose-based products. In the early stages of the baiting process, the ‘scout’ termites forage to find the bait stations and tag them with a “pheromone” which is a scent trail for the ‘worker’ termites to follow. Subsequently, the ‘worker’ termites will follow the pheromone trail established by the ‘scout’ termites and begin the feeding cycle within the colony.
The bait stations are specifically engineered to encourage termite feeding and to establish a feeding connection with the colony. Initially, the IG Bait Stations only contain wood. This wood is called “detection” or “interception” wood. It only acts as “monitors” to detect termites. When termites are seen feeding on these IG Bait Stations, the “monitor” is replaced by a bait containing a termiticide.
Step 2 – Replacing wood with Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) and slow release toxicants
After the ‘worker’ termites begin feeding and a solid connection is established, a compressed baiting cellulose substance is placed inside or next to the bait stations where the termites will transit to. Baits consumed will not kill the termites immediately, giving them ample time to return to their nest and spread the bait amongst their nestmates with the same toxicant. The termites will continually feed on this cellulose material until the feeding stops. The length of the feeding cycle and the amount of baits used depends on the termite population and the size of the colony(s).
Step 3 – Termite Colony Control
When enough ‘worker’ termites have been killed, the delivery of outside food sources is eliminated. Subsequently, the colony depletes its internal food sources and slowly starves and crashes.