The Treatment Stage

Termites feeding on woodWhen you find activity in any of the stations it’s time to begin the treatment stage. This on average will only be 1 or two and very occasionally 3 of the stations as when the termites enter the stations they lay a pheremone to guide the others there. The termites vitually always go to the Termite Coffins first and work their way over to the WAM’s. The “Coffins” will have enough termites in them for an effective treatment on their own, any termites in the WAM’s is a bonus. The more termites you can treat at once the faster the treatment will work.

When you buy the termiticide (treatment chemical) the tub should be kept in a cool dry cupboard until it is required. It remains in a dry powder form until it is needed and is then mixed with distilled or demimineralised water (what you put in your iron) to turn it into a paste. The correct doses and application are described in the instructions on the tub. It is much like mixing icing sugar, it really is that easy. Once the termiticide is added to the affected stations you leave them alone for 3 weeks and then check for any remaining activity.

If there are still “stragglers” in any of the stations you reapply the paste. One 500 gram tub would normally make enough mixture to treat 2 to 3 stations twice over and should be enough to wipe out the colony.

P.S The chemical manufacture rightly recommends that the baiting stations must be a ble to accomodate 100 grams of mixed paste, which is reasonably bulky,  to be affective, so we leave enough space above the termite food in the outer chamber plus space in the inner chamber to ensure you can fit it all in. A couple of thin tubes full simply wont cut it.

Professionals can’t apply the chemical any better than you can but if you do decide to call in a professional The Termi-mite Termite monitoring and Treatment stations give the termite technician three different choices of treatment.

Each of these allow the termite technician to apply the termiticide without disturbing the main feeding group of termites in the outer chamber. Most termite speciallists using “baiting stations” nowadays use the same treatment you can now buy. Modern termiticides are very clever in that they are odourless and when applied will both adhere to the termites’ shells and mix with their food.

What Happens Next?

The very nature of Termites or White Ants does the rest spreading the termiticide very quickly throughout the entire colony. The Termites feeding inside the Termi-Mite Stations are the “Workers”. They are the only member of the colony who can chew and digest the whole food and turn it into a soluble form the rest of the colony can absorb. They must then return to the nest to feed the queen, the king, the soldiers and the workers who perform other tasks such as grooming and construction.

Termites constantly groom each other as they are working as they are regularly being attacked by microbes and fungal decay in the soil. Grooming removes the “bugs” to keep the shell clean. As the Termiticide adheres to the termite’s cuticle it is ingested by grooming termites. This is the main method of transfer from termite to termite and why it is critical to treat large numbers of worker termites so the termiticide will be transferred quickly to the nest and still be potent when it reaches the queen.

Dont read this bit if you’re squeamish.

Excrement from the workers is taken up by the following termites and mixed with saliva to form their galleries and tubes. If a termite dies, to keep the pathways clear, it is eaten by the ensuing termites. Feeding of the rest of the colony is done by regurgitation.

Each of these activities transfers the Termiticide to the other workers, the Soldiers, any A-lates (winged termites that are bred, fed and housed in the nest until they are released during late spring and summer) and eventually on to the King and the Queen who are also constantly being fed and groomed by workers. The Queen thereby absorbs large amounts of the termiticide. As her subjects die she also simply runs out of minions to feed and groom her. She eventually gets sick and suffers the same fate.

Once the Queen is dead the colony is finished and your house is safe until another foraging colony enters your property. You do get a honeymoon period as when large numbers of termites begin to die they emit a pheromone which warns other termites that this is a dangerous place for termites to be. This pheromone can last for many months and it is not uncommon to have years of respite from these hungry little varmints.

In most cases the marauding colony you have eliminated took many years to expand far enough to reach your house. It is quite unusual to see a house under threat a second time within five years of eliminating a colony. Where houses have been attacked twice within two years it is usually because the queen was not eliminated the first time due to too much disturbance or too few numbers were treated to get to the queen and it has taken her 18 months to grow the colony back to its former glory.

Our experience also tells us that in most cases any new colony turning up will be much younger and much smaller in numbers because they are detected so much earlier that less treatment is required to eradicate them.

 Is The Termiticide Safe to Use?

The termiticide you can buy isn’t actually a poison. Its called an Insect Growth Regulator or IGR. It affects the termites shell production blocking the hardening process when termites regenerate their shells. As such it has no known affect on humans or any other mammal. For those who want to find out more about it it’s called “Chlorfluazuron”. The tub contains 99.9% concentrated cellulose (termite food). The chemical is only .01% but that is enough to eliminate the colony without them ever knowing what is going wrong.

At the approved application rate, the other termiticides our recommended professionals may use are rated as being of extremely low toxicity or virtually non-toxic to mammals (including us humans, pets and the environment). The termiticide cannot escape into the environment so it bears no threat to your kids, pets or the environment. Usually they would use Termidor

Can I Buy The Treatment Chemical from You?

Yes, I can supply you the chemical but I recommend you only buy it when you find activity in the stations. My main concern is for you to get the best result possible. To do this the chemical must be fresh when it’s applied. To ensure this it must be kept in a cool dry environment or it will eventually lose its effectiveness. It’s much better to buy the chemical in when you need it. I will organise to have it posted out to you within a couple of days of you ordering it which can be done over the phone or by mail order.

You will never know when termites will attack the Termi-Mite stations but it is rarely within the first month after installation. They will definitely turn up but it could be this year or the year after by which time the chemical could have deteriorated.

I will also supply the chemical at the same price as the supplier charges where most sites selling it are $10.00 to $30.00 dearer than buying it direct from the supplier. Currently a 500gram tub is $120.00 plus $10.00 postage. This should be enough to eradicate the colony when the time comes to treat the baits.

If you would like me to supply it with the kit, let me know and I’ll be happy do so.

Full details for ordering the chemical comes in the Owner’s Manual supplied with every Termi-Mite kit. By the way, this is the very same chemical the really expensive commercial baiting systems use but they can’t apply it any better than you can in fact you’ll do a better job as you’ll get to it faster..

NOTE: Don’t forget to mark the dates of any activity and treatment on your log sheet as these records will add value to your property should you ever decide to sell!

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