Termite baiting and interception programs are part of Austrapest’s integrated and environmentally responsible approach to termite management.
Baiting for termites has been used in many countries for a long time even as far back as 1880 in Asia where people were using Paris Green (Copper acetoarsenite) in termite infested bamboo stations. In Australia the more recent Baiting and Interception Systems came into existence in the late 1980's with the demise of the Organochlorines pending, consumer awareness and the need for safer products which would target a pest species and not all organisms around it.
While both Baiting and Interception systems and chemical treated soil zones are all valid and registered for termite management, Baiting Systems are considered as the safest and the most environmentally responsible way of controlling termites at present.
Current research by leading entomologists such as Dr Theo Evans is favouring the use of the termite baiting and monitoring systems as the safest approach in termite work. Termites are attracted with non-toxic timbers that they prefer to eat. Active bait, which only targets termites (not other organisms), is then applied to sealed stations. The termite attractant used is non-toxic to humans and pets, yet attracts termites to the bait stations and away from your home.
Installation of Baiting and Interception Systems are less disruptive for the home owner than installing a complete chemical treated soil zone especially when it comes to trenching and drilling of concrete, however baiting systems rely intensively on follow up visits for re-baiting and monitoring termite stations.
Inspection and proposal options:
When you have discovered that active termites are attacking your home, Austrapest will firstly recommend a comprehensive pest inspection and report with a proposal of your termite management plan.
Your termite plan is customised to your situation to achieve best guarantee that termites will be eliminated.
Our proposal options for you may be the installation of a termite baiting and interception system. The Austrapest technician in consultation with you may choose from a number baiting systems available
Austrapest is accredited to use various Baiting systems such as Exterra, Nemesis, Sentricon and Xterm
The Exterra termite baiting and interception system:
Austrapest and Kevmac recommend the use of the Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System because it supports the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in securing vital habitat for Australia’s threatened wildlife species and fits in well with our sustainable approach to Pest Control in Australia.
With every Exterra system installed Austrapest’s clients support threatened wildlife species.
How do the various baiting and interception systems work?
Chlorfluazuron, the termite bait used in baiting systems such as Exterra and Nemesis, is considered non toxic and affects only the termites. It is extremely effective in their elimination as well as being safe for the environment. Termite Interception and Baiting Systems are designed to intercept foraging termites and concentrate their feeding in stations.
In-ground Stations containing interceptors are embedded in the soil around the perimeter of your building. The stations are inspected by qualified Austrapest technicians on a regular basis until termites are intercepted.
When termites are established in the stations, (Chlorfluazuron) Termite Bait is added. The product is a Chitin Synthesis Inhibitor (IGR). A key component of a termite's exoskeleton is the substance chitin. Without chitin termites can’t complete their natural process. If they do not moult, they die. Termites will take the product back to their colony. This results in the elimination of the colony whilst avoiding the use of toxic chemicals in the environment.