These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a termite professional that believes baiting systems can eliminate termite colonies as effectively as liquid treatments.
So why are they still around?
Here are the primarily reasons baiting systems still used in the termite control industry.
1. They’re less intrusive.
Liquid treatments often require drilling holes in garage floors, patios, and porches. The treatment also requires trenching around the foundation of the home.
If a homeowner has decorative tile, brick, cobblestone, or a deck, they might opt for termite control that will keep these areas unscathed.
2. They’re Environmentally Safer
In the termite control industry, we have strict laws to ensure ground water, wells, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are not contaminated. If a home has a well, cistern, or other body of water near its foundation, treating with liquid termiticide could be risky.
Since the active ingredient in bait stations is solid, it has less restrictions on placement (example- a bait station next to a well has virtually no chance of leaching into the well water).
3. They’re Cost Effective (Initially)
Baiting system installation requires very little time and equipment. This means low start-up costs for a termite control company. In turn, this savings can be passed on to the customer.
4. Enticing Incentives
The largest/most popular baiting system manufacturer provides some termite control companies with some pretty attractive incentives.
Lets say you’re a termite control company that would like help with your advertising budget. No problem. Just agree to their terms and include the baiting system in the advertisement.
The commercials aren’t hard to distinguish, you hear things like, “Brand X! Ask for it by name”. If it’s a print ad you’ll see the baiting system’s logo along with the termite control company’s.
**NOTE: Titus Pest Control does not participate in this type of business practice.**
5. Structural Issues – Updated
Thanks to Northeastern Exterminating from Brooklyn, NY for reminding me of this one. I won’t go too far into details, but as Northeastern explains in the comments below, things such as radiant slabs, heated sidewalks/garage floors can’t be drilled. Doing so would cause big problems.
So there you have it!
The five biggest reasons termite baiting systems are still in existence. Given the tighter restrictions and environmental concerns, I get the feeling baits will be around for a very long time.