Getting rid of those pesky termites is a huge part of our job as Pest Control operators and suppliers. Termite baiting has lots of great advantages and is considered one of the best methods for delivering colony control and eradication.
But it’s not always that easy, right? The longer it takes to get termites feeding, the smaller your profit margins and the more you risk dissatisfying your customer. Whatever baiting system you use, Agserv has created these top tips to help you maximise your chances of a faster and more thorough termite “hit.”
Tip 1. Choosing a Reliable Bait
In our experience, there is certain termite baiting technology that can be more reliable than others. These are usually top-shelf baits like Xterm that consistently lead the market in terms attractive ingredients and fast-acting termite elimination.
Remember, a huge part of driving your success means investing in great products that will deliver the results you want, so don’t skimp when it comes to selecting a good bait.
Tip 2. Mixing Bait
Mixing bait correctly is also of utmost importance and it’s one of the most common problems we hear about in relation to baits not working. The bait must not be too wet or too dry and you also need to avoid using any type of contaminated water or liquid in your mix. Make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions carefully when choosing your liquid and mixing your bait.
Don’t forget, if you get stuck in the field, just call Agserv’s Pest Controller support team on 1800 554 445 – we’ll make sure you’re preparing the bait right!
Tip 3.Placing Baits in the Right Spots
Once your bait is mixed and ready to go, successful application is dependent on your assessment of the problem, the type of baiting system you’re going to use and where you’ve decided to apply your baits.
For instance, will you be using above-ground or in-ground baiting systems? If so, where will these go? Or will you be using a dust or liquid termiticide to apply a barrier treatment?
Placing bait near pathways of high termite activity or at entrance positions is ideal. You can also place baits in area that are already damaged, since termites are likely to return there.
If you choose to use bait stations, you’ll also need to make sure you use a sealant that won’t repel termites and discourage them from taking the bait.
Tip 4. Don’t Disturb Those Termites!
Inspections or applications that are too vigorous or invasive can also disturb termites and their existing termite routes, sending them running away from your bait!
Careful inspections and gentle installations are ideal here so that you don’t “spook” the termites and risk making your application less successful. This takes good practise and training and is the mark of a great pest control operator. The less you disturb the termite activity, the faster your “hit” will work.
Tip 5. Communicating With Your Customer
Communicating the right information to your customers about your chosen bait system is also essential for a successful job. At the end of your application, your customer should have a clear idea of how your baiting system will work, when they can expect to start seeing results and if/when you will be back to monitor the application’s progress.
Communicating these details to your customer will mean you can make sure their elimination expectations are realistic and that they’re happy and satisfied at the end of your job.
Do you have any tips for successful termite baiting? We’d love to hear them! To chat further or learn more about our bait products, contact Agserv on 1800 554 445 or visit www.agserv.com.au