Review of a Exterra Termite Baiting System
If you ever had to deal with termites infesting your house, you know how hard it may be to choose insecticides.
Also, there’s a lot of information you have to process if you want to do pest-control yourself. There are many ways of fighting the parasites – from naturally made pesticides to very strong, universal and global methods, like flooding insects’ homes.
But if you want to go passively and not worry too much, especially if the problem isn’t that urgent, then you might turn to using baits. And as always the choice is very broad.
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Everything depends on what you need – is it full-on passive defense from termites, or, on the contrary, is it just killing off already existing termites that you require?
Nonetheless, the bait systems are not cheap, so if you want to go with one – be absolutely sure about it.
And if you need something even larger – you will, of course, have to pay more.
If you are not sure with what should you purchase, discuss all your current factors with your pest-control service, and they definitely will know the answer to your problem.
But below, you are going to read about one bait system in particular – that is, “Exterra Termite Baiting System”. It is one of the alternatives to such systems, like:
- Firstline Termite Baiting Systems.
- Sentricon System.
- Hex Pro System.
- Termitrol Systems.Though they all resemble the same thing – that is, the termite population control – they are quite different. Starting from used insecticides, and ending on their looks. So what is it about Exterra termite control system?
Exterra termite bait stations
Extra Termite Systems are produced by “Ensystex USA”. This company has a wide variety of products, from normal DIY pest-control to specific anti-termite baits (such as the one we are currently talking about). You can buy general pest-control equipment and insecticides.
Even hardware for simply “exterminating” all the termites once and for all. In terms of termite baiting, other from “Exterra” there are products like “Isopthor” and baiting granules called “Focus”.
As for “Isopthor”, it is, as stated, a fast-working hardware, specially made for conditions when you are confident of termites attacking your house. No matter how many – it will try and deal with them.
But what about focus? Well, it’s essentially just “cheese” for bating. And now we inspect the “Exterra” system.
So, it is very similar to “Firstline Termite Bait Systems”, in that it passively locates, and then actively defends.
Unlike with “Firstline” you don’t need to replace the stations to get rid of termites.
In this case, you need to inspect them manually on a regular basis, and if you notice any sign of termites you need to bait them with said “Focus” granules.
And as they are non-toxic you don’t have to worry about poisoning anything. Also, note that “Ensystex” produce bait systems not only for ground, but even for concrete and house interior.
So, on the positive side, unlike other bait systems, you don’t have to replace the stations, as baits act as locating unit as well. Just bait the station and rebait when needed. And you are free to choose where to put your station.On the negative side of things, you will need to inspect every station manually, as there’s no software to assist you (at least yet).
Here you can learn more information about another termite bait systems: Advance, Green, CSIRO, Nemesis, Firstline, Terminate. Also find out how to make baits by yourself and how to refill them?
You might be wondering what is included in the baiting kit. Well, as always everything that is needed to start own pest-control over the usual customer’s house. Now, before you use the equipment, it is advised to consult your closest pest-control service to fully determine what you are going to be dealing with, how and why.
Then, you need to install the stations at even intervals around set perimeter. You may also be helped by that pest-control service from earlier. It is also best to put them depending on where the termites might appear.
If you locate termite activity inside the stations, add bait to there and all your termites will gradually move to the location. As stated above, the best bait would be “Ensystex”’s “Focus”. Those are granules that emit CO2 and thus attract termites.
This food is transported around the colony and eaten by the parasites. When termites taste on the granules, their ability to change the chitin cover is halted, resulting in death. Yet again, as this is not a toxic material, it won’t harm any members of your family, including your pets.When you touch the subject of price, it mostly depends on the length of your perimeter and on the amount of termites infesting your environment (hence the amount of bait you will need to buy).
Here you can learn more information about effective termite control remedies: Bora-Care, Boric acid, Borate, Fipronil, Chlorpyrifos, Chlordane, Borax, Timbor, Termidor, Terminator, Phantom, Lorsban, Biflex, Terro. You can choose different forms, such as – foam, liquid, powder.
If you picture “Exterra Termite Baiting System” as just a pack of stations that work on their own, while you simply need to inspect them every couple of days/weeks and rebait if the problem is present, then you can be sure that it is worth it.
You could be as effectively be dealing with the problem yourself every day for multiple hours, wasting you precious time. But instead you can relax and/or work.
And as there’s a variety of ways to use the system (in the interior, outside in the dirt/concrete), you can defend from subterranean and wooden termites at the same time.
Learn more about subterranean termites: signs of their activity; best methods of treatment and DIY methods. Eastern subterranean termites and their tunnels and tubes with photo.
Although you need to understand, that the more termites there are the more it is going to take for you to remove termites completely from you territory. Thus you need to be very patient, as it may take quite a lot of time.
But if, on the other hand, you’ve identified the problem immediately right after it started (by regularly checking the stations of course), it isn’t going to take too long before all the parasites are going to be gone, and in addition you won’t need to spend more cash on additional bait.
Learn more about drywood termites: signs of their activity; best methods of treatment: spot treatment and DIY methods; how to get rid of them in furniture?Remember: termites and other parasites and insects are breeding very fast. If you get the situation out control or don’t notice the infestation growing, you will have a really bad time. Sometimes even baits won’t be enough if placed to late. So as always keep your eyes open to everything, and you will save yourself from the subsequent problems that may reveal themselves.
If you interested in more information of termites we recommend you to read the following articles:
- All types of termites. Are they harmful to humans? Can they bite you? And what is the difference between drywood and subterranean ones?
- What does swarmers of different species look like: drywood, subterranean, formosan?
- Signs of infestation outside and in the house: in walls or furniture.
- How to treat them at home and in the yard: in wood or in fence. How long this process lasts and what is pre-construction and soil treatment?
- What does termite holes look like? What is droppings and is it toxic to humans? Do termites make noises?
- Posible termite damage, how does it look like? Examples of damage in walls and wood floors.
- All about flying termites: how do they look like, swarming season and what to do if there are swarmers in your house?
- How do they do nests and mounds? How to find it in your garden or inside the house?
- Termite life cycle – from egg to larvae. And social hierarchy: workers, soldiers, queen.
- Did you know that termites can infest living trees, for example a palm or a pine tree. They also like to live in stumps.
- You can prevent the infestation by using barriers, such as: HomeGuard, Physical systems, Safeguard, Stainless steel mesh, Kordon.
- If you want to get rid of termites naturally, learn more about such methods as: heat or cold treatment, orange oil, using nematodes.
Exterra termite system review from pest control specialist:
Rounding everything up, it must be said, that if you choose to buy “Exterra Termite Baiting System” you will most likely make a good decision. If you don’t mind manually checking all the stations every couple of days in favor of good and effective protection of your property.
Not only that, but “Exterra” system is non-toxic and can be installed inside your house to battle with wooden termites besides subterranean ones.
Moreover, the amount of termites you can get rid of is fully limited by the amount of bait you use.
Which can be easily purchased online or in pest-control shops. Though if you are defending you own home from termites, then “Exterra” probably isn’t your option, as it is a more industrial decision, especially concrete-mounted stations.For home variant, unless you are dealing with wood termites, you are better off with buying “Firstline” from “FMC”, as it doesn’t require too much management, has good monitoring software and it goes in DIY kits. On the counterpart is is somewhat toxic.
Though it is your right to choose what you think is best. Now you know all the important information about “Exterra Termite Baiting System”, and it will surely help you choose a mean of do-it-yourself parasite control. And thank You for reading!
We have used exterra in our home and outside (we have a large home) and live on average. We have 33 stations
I have received a 12 month contract for $1350 for them to do the ongoing maintenance. Can I do this myself and can you buy exterra powder to fill the station?
Your article was great, thank you