Many people ask us why we prefer to deal with termites using the Sentricon® baiting system over using old-school liquid barrier treatments. We strongly believe that a baiting system offers a greater value, a more long-term solution, and an overall better way to handle termites. There is even an ongoing debate in the pest control industry concerning which method of termite treatment is superior to the other. Here is some information on both of these methods that will be helpful in understanding why we stand on the ‘baiting system’ side of the argument.
Liquid termite treatments involve creating a chemical barrier in the soil around the foundation of a building. This process requires many gallons of pesticide solution to make a continuous wall around the affected area. Using large amounts of pesticides can have a negative impact on the environment. Liquid chemicals are very difficult to apply without leaving unintentional gaps in the barrier. In order to make a liquid barrier the most effective, it is necessary to dig a trench around a building’s foundation and in some cases, to actually drill through brick and concrete to ensure that the line of the barrier remains unbroken. This process takes several hours of preparation and labor before the pesticide can even be applied. Liquid termite treatments also degrade over time and are not designed to eliminate the colony, leaving an opening for termites to return. Essentially there is a greater amount of pesticide used, plus a large effort to make it actually effective. In our opinion, this does not provide adequate results for our customers who are dealing with termites.
On the other hand, a termite baiting solution like the Sentricon® System is a revolutionary way to handle termites that is less hassle, requires less active ingredient, and is far less intrusive. A professional pest control technician from Arrow Exterminators can assess your property, install bait stations around the area, and monitor the system to ensure its effectiveness. The thoroughly tested and proven Sentricon® System requires just a few grams of the active pesticide ingredient only when and where termites are actually present. This removes the potential danger to run-off water or well contamination. Because there is no digging, no drilling, and no odor, baiting is also considered less invasive compared to other methods. Clearly less is more when protecting your property from termites.