Termites Free Zone: Nemesis Termite Bait
There are many ways of killing termites in our modern world.
When you walk on the street, while passing by someone’s house, you may quite often spot underground stations filled with pesticides/baiting material.
Maybe even near schools and in parks.
This method of controlling termite population is very popular for many reasons. The most important are:
- Can be used passively.
- Mostly non-toxic.
- Good long-term decision.
But there are many baits out there. Just as with, let’s say, fishing, there are different types of worms, bread, or even plastic/metal baits. And every single one of them fit for a variety of fish. There’s no effective bait for everything.
Not only this, but some are more or less expensive than the other and some are just more/less convenient to use. Same goes for termite baiting systems. There are quite a few companies, each one making their products for particular circumstances. Currently, the most popular systems go by the names of:
and some others.
Nemesis Termite Bait System
“Nemesis”, just like “Firstline”, can be bought in a kit, containing 24 +/- baiting stations and wooden termite detectors for around 250 to 300 USD. As “Nemesis” products are not fully applicable for do-it-yourself use, there’s not a huge variety of them.
Yes, you can buy them and build the defense yourself, though it is not recommended in any way. Anyway, how does this thing work?
Well, just like many other systems, for detection you use special wooden cartridges filled with poison, chlorfluazuron, and inspect them regularly.
What the poison does is essentially stop the chitin layer rebuilding function inside the insects body, ending parasite’s life. So, when you discover the bait (wooden cartridge) being eaten, that means that termites are soon going to die… Probably…
Good things about Nemesis termite control system are:
- Low toxicity.
- Easy bait replacement (just put in the new wooden cartridge).
- Effective in defending your house, as the termites are focused on you baits instead.
And bad things are quite obvious:
- Higher price than other pest-control methods.
- May require specialist help.
- They don’t prevent you from termites, nor they detect them and display it to you. And this is where the next point comes.
- Regular inspection required. Every couple of weeks you have to walk through your perimeter, opening and closing the hatches, checking for anything new. It can be very frustrating at times.
So, as stated before, you are not really supposed to be buying “Nemesis” for DIY operations, though mostly it is not prohibited.
Thus, most kits will include about 24 Nemesis termite bait stations, each with a number of wooden cartridges supplied for all your baiting needs.
And, as a utility an instrument to open the stations for examination.
When you’ve completely identified the problem (ask your pest-control service for help if you need it), installing process is quite the same for every system – place stations at the same interval around your perimeter, dig fitting holes for containers with wood, and in case you know where the parasite activity may be – place the baits close to that place.
For long-time use, if you need to mow a lawn, for example, be sure to position them accordingly (an inch below the ground level, for example).
You don’t have to staple/weld/attach them to anything. Though it is good to put on gloves – just in case. Even if the insecticide used in there is close to being non-toxic, manipulating it will result in covering your hands in it. Hence it can be accidentally consumed which can lead to poisoning, depending on the amount.
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.
The “Nemesis” really succeeds in terms of effectiveness. Not only it doesn’t require to be inspected too often (bi-weekly or every three weeks), but also it will focus parasites on itself, distracting them from your house’s precious wooden walls, floors and foundation.
Considering it’s long-term use, the price is very reasonable. And it’s effect really depends on how you use it, what environment, time of year you find yourself in and finally which termites are you dealing with.
Although for obvious reasons (being submerged underground), “Nemesis” probably won’t deal with wooden termites, or termites that are already far inside your house’s walls.
An average time, required for killing off all the population of termites around your home is fluctuating a lot.
For example, when the best conditions are met (it is warm outside, termites are easy to deal with, you know where they are and there are not many of them) it may take from 2 to 3 months.
This is just how it is, and there’s nothing you can do to it.
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.
Learn more about Nemesis Baiting System:
At the time you’ve came to this point in the article, you’ve most likely got some important knowledge about baits, and, of course, “Nemesis Termite Baiting Systems”.
And in the end you have to understand, that before doing any DIY home defense you need to either consult your pest-control service, or read so much information, that you will definitely not have any problems with building your anti-termite protection.
And even when using Nemesis termite monitor bait station this is still an important suggestion.
Anyhow, there’s no problem with asking a professional – they always have something to answer you with, if not completely do everything for you.
If you didn’t find “Nemesis System” fitting for your current situation and/or circumstances – don’t worry! There are many other ways of pest-control, and, as stated in the beginning of the article, many more various termite baits.
And finally, if there are just too many termites to deal with – Nematodes (tiny anti-parasite worms), cold/hot temperatures to cause termites to die of hypothermia or of heatstroke, flooding and other methods are your friends. Good luck with everything, and thank You for reading!
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