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Nelson writes,

Why can't I just place the bait in the station and not use the advanced termite inspection and the advanced...

Why can't I just place the bait in the station and not use the advanced termite inspection and the advanced termite monitoring base?


The answer is a little involved, but basically it is scientifically proven and required that all baiting systems start out with monitoring stations.  Every baiting system on the professional market is that way for a reason.  The reason is because you want the termite colony to infest the station and think that the normal wood inside and normal monitoring cartridge is a valid food source.  They will hit it hard because no termites will be dying at first.  Once they have eaten on the wood and monitoring cartridge for a little while and you replace it with the bait, they will still think it is normal wood and cartridge and injest the bait much faster, ensuring the colony is eliminated.  It has been scientifically proven that if you start out with bait only, and the termite colony starts dying right after eating it, they will leave the station and move on before enough termites have eaten it to kill the colony.  Since the point of the baiting system is to eradicate a whole colony, it is very important enough of them eat the bait or it will not work.  The only way to ensure this is to get them hooked on the normal wood and monitoring cartridge first. 

Answer last updated on: 04/07/2010

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