Worker termites discover these baiting systems and believe the bait to be a viable food source. They then feed other members of the colony with this bait, leading to the eventual death of the other members. While waiting for the baits to take effect, pest control professionals will supplement treatment with liquid residual barriers in order to limit further damage in areas identified as active.
After subterranean termites have been discovered feeding within a structure, a professional exterminator can place monitoring stations into the soil. These monitoring stations allow for detection of high-traffic areas where termite control bait will be most effective.
Termite control bait will contain one of a number of slow-acting insecticides, which kill termites over the course of a few weeks to a few months. Although extremely effective in ensuring that a colony will perish, treating infestations solely with termite control bait may be a lengthy process. Pest control professionals are likely to use multiple custom control methods when treating a termite infestation. Liquid barriers are often utilized in areas where termites are most obviously active. Trained professionals will also treat any support beams that come into direct contact with the ground. These measures prevent more insects from infesting the home, deterring future infestations.