Termites Baiting or Drilling (Barrier)

What is Termites Baiting?

The baiting approach to termite control involves strategically placing bait stations around the perimeter of a property. These stations contain a slow-acting ingredients that termites consume and then carry back to their colony. As the termites share the bait within the colony, it gradually eliminates the population over time.

The active ingredient in termite bait that functions as a synthesis inhibitor is specifically designed to disrupt critical biological processes in termites. This type of chemical compound interferes with the synthesis of certain essential molecules within the termite’s body, most commonly affecting the production of chitin, a key component of their exoskeleton. This affects termites’ molting and the affected termites are unable to properly form new exoskeletons – eventually they die.

What is Drilling Treatment (Barrier)?

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The drilling or barrier treatment method involves creating a chemical barrier around and under the structure to protect against termites. This is achieved by drilling holes in strategic locations, such as in the foundation or along the perimeter of the house, and injecting a liquid termiticide into the soil. This barrier is designed to kill termites on contact or when they attempt to pass through it, providing a more immediate solution to termite infestations.

Baiting or Drilling then?

When homeowners face termite infestations, they often weigh the options between baiting and drilling treatments (barrier methods). Each approach has its unique considerations:

  1. Intrusiveness of Treatment:
    • Drilling Treatment: Traditional liquid barrier treatments, though less intrusive nowadays, may involve drilling floors or moving furnishings, which some homeowners find disruptive.
    • Baiting: In contrast, bait treatments typically don’t require indoor access, drilling, or moving furniture. The bait stations are installed and monitored outdoors, minimizing disturbance.
  2. Use of Pesticides:
    • Drilling Treatment: This method involves injecting termiticide into the soil around the structure, using a considerable amount of chemicals. While generally deemed safe, it can cause concern for some.
    • Baiting: Bait systems use a significantly smaller quantity of pesticide, confined within underground, tamper-resistant stations, easing environmental and health concerns.
  3. Suitability for Different Constructions:
    • Drilling Treatment: Certain structures with complex features like wells, streams, or inaccessible spaces can complicate liquid treatments.
    • Baiting: Baits are more adaptable to these complex conditions and are often the preferred option when liquid treatment is not feasible.
  4. Speed of Elimination:
    • Baiting: It’s a slower process, as it takes time for termites to discover and distribute the bait within the colony. This could mean ongoing damage during the waiting period.
    • Drilling Treatment: Liquid barriers act faster than baits and are often chosen when immediate results are needed, such as in severe infestations or real estate transactions.
  5. Cost Considerations:
    • Baiting: Can be more expensive in long run due to the need for ongoing monitoring and maintenance of bait stations. It’s important to factor in both initial and annual costs. Baits can eliminate the colony but it does not prevent termites re-infestation – which may re-occur.
    • Drilling Treatment: Generally, a higher one-time expense, but costs vary based on home size and location. However, it can provide both elimination and prevention effect – preventing re-infestation for 3 to 5 years or more.

How Much Does it cost?

Baitingstarting from RM1,500.
Drillingstarting from RM2,500 (intermediate or end lot) to RM5,000 (bungalow)
Price above is only a reference – please contact us for quotation

Organic Bait?

We often receive inquiries about organic termite baits. While our baits are not labeled as ‘organic,’ they are rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness, and our team is professionally trained in their use. We prioritize the health and safety of our clients and the environment in all our termite control practices.We believe in transparent and honest communication with our clients regarding the products and methods we use. Our commitment is to provide reliable, effective termite control solutions while ensuring the safety and satisfaction of our customers.

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