Using Pest Control As Preventative MaintenanceUsing Pest Control As Preventative Maintenance

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Using Pest Control As Preventative Maintenance

A few years ago, I experienced a personal breakthrough as a homeowner. I realized that I waited to call pest control until my bug problem had grown out of control. Instead of simply controlling pests, we would have to work through from square one each and every time we wanted to resolve the problem. However, my pest control guy gave me some advice that has stuck with me since that day. He explained that we should consider using pest control as preventative maintenance. Since then, I have pest control spray regularly every 3-6 months, whether there are bugs in my house or not. Tips like these can be found in the articles on my website.


What To Know About A Termite Bait Station

Are you worried about termites getting into your home because they are a problem in your area? If so, the solution to stopping them will be to use an outside termite bait station to prevent them from even reaching your foundation. Here is what you need to know about this unique form of pest control.

Bait Stations Need To Be Buried Properly

Every termite bait station will need to be buried in the ground surrounding your home. While every bait station has its instructions for how far away they should be from each other and the foundation, the key is to bury them in the ground and create a bait station that will attract the termites before they reach your home. If your home is surrounded by concrete attached decks, and other objects, then you may not be able to use these bait stations.

One thing to keep in mind when burying these bait stations is the gutter's drip line. You want to keep them away from a place where water is going to pool due to your gutters, because the wood inside the station will become saturated quickly. The hole for the bait stations should also be deeper than the stations themselves because you want moisture to be able to flow away from the bait station rather than absorb into the wood. 

In addition, you may not be aware that termites have an excellent sense of smell, and can actually smell the oils, soaps, and lotions that are on your hands. Consider wearing gloves when you work with these stations to keep those scents off of the bait station. If not, the termites may stay away from the bait station because they do not like the scent that you left behind. 

Bait Stations Need To Be Manually Checked

The bait station is going to have a wood base at the bottom of the station, and then a termite bait cartridge that goes on top of it. The wood will attract the termites to the station, where they will eat the wood and eventually reach the bait cartridge.

These stations need to be checked periodically to ensure that there is still wood and bait in each station. This helps ensure that the termites are actually eating the bait that is designed to kill them, since no bait or wood within the station can create a gap that allows them to reach your home directly. 

For more information about termite control, contact a local company.