Why Treat Termites? Don’t They Just Die Off?

Why Treat Termites? Don’t They Just Die Off?

Termite damage of homes runs into multiple billions of dollars worldwide. The Australian damage estimate is $1.5 billion in treatment and repair costs to control termites. Since termites do not live alone but in large colonies, spotting a termite typically means detecting a forager who has left the nest to find food. You can control potential termite issues by baiting their food source.

Termite Colonies Start with Just Two Termites

Young reproductive termites leave their nest about 4 to 5 years after that nest was started to begin their own colony. You may see a termite swarm in early summer when the warm, humid weather matches the nest temperature. These adventurous termites fly less than 200 metres from home and then descend to seek a mate. Only a small percentage gets this far and even fewer find the damp soil they need to nest before being eaten by a predator.

Less than five percent of the original swarm manages to mate and form a new colony. The reproductive pair becomes the royal queen and king, tending their eggs which grow into a range of castes to create a functioning termite colony. Workers, soldiers, and young nymphs have different jobs to support the nest. Termite treatment capitalizes on termite instincts and socialization to control the spread of termites in your home.

Who Can Treat Termites?

Pest control professionals once claimed termite treatment as their exclusive realm. Years ago, only industry professionals were able to buy and use termite control chemicals and bait. The good news for do-it-yourselfers is that household safe termite bait is now available for public purchase. Homeowners now have the option to call a professional or choose to control termites themselves.

DIY Termite Monitors and Bait are Straightforward and Safe

Do-It-Yourself termite trap and bait systems have three simple steps to control termites.

Step 1 – Place termite traps around your property.

Step 2 – Inspect the traps for termite activity evident in termite mud

Step 3 – Mix termite bait with water and add the bait to the top of the trap. Proper bait is not toxic to humans, pets or wildlife, but is fatal to humans.

Worker termites harvesting at the trap carry the bait back to the nest to feed the whole colony. As the termites die, gases from their decomposing bodies destroy the rest of the nest. Any unused jars of bait remain an effective termite control option for years in their powder form.