Termite Bait Stations vs. Liquid Barrier Treatments

Subterranean termites are a variety of termites common to Southeastern Georgia and most other states.  They live below ground in supportive groups known as colonies.  Subterranean termites dig narrow tunnels in the soil.  Eventually, they come across their primary food source, which is wood.  They may find wood such as decaying tree roots, logs, stumps, piles of wood, and plant debris.  However, the termites may come into contact with the wood within our buildings/property.

Short and sweet, there is no good reason to employ a termite baiting system.  The technology has been completely outdated.  According to industry standards, termite bait stations have a greater failure rate than the liquid barrier treatment.  There are many reasons why a contractor would steer you this way, whether it be the builder or the termite company, the main reason being profitability.


A liquid barrier treatment consists of applying a chemical barrier to the soil around the property to create a barrier between your home and the ground.  This creates a continuous barrier around and under the building in order to block all potential routes of termite entry.  The termiticide Preferred Pest Control uses for Liquid Barrier Treatments is Termidor.


If you do your homework, you will find a liquid barrier treatment to be the best value.  The initial cost of a baiting system may be less expensive, but over the long haul you would be better served by the Termidor Treatment.  Here is why.  Once applied, a Termidor barrier is nearly 100% effective and may last as long as your lifetime.  Also, once the property is treated, Preferred Pest Control offers a lifetime warranty.  The baiting system on the other hand must be inspected and maintained regularly and is going to end up being more expensive in the long run.


Furthermore, because the baiting system requires regular inspections and maintenance, if you do not pay your renewal fee for the maintenance of the bait stations, you have neither a warranty nor anything protecting your property from Subterranean Termites.  However, with a chemical barrier, if you don’t pay your renewal fee for our warranty, your treatment is still in place.  You may not have a warranty, but the chemical barrier is still working to protect your home against Termites.


In summary, while the initial treatment cost of a liquid barrier treatment may be higher than the initial costs of a bait stations, in the long run the liquid barrier is typically less expensive, yet more effective; therefore, creating value.