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Choosing Between Bait Traps and Termiticide Barriers

  1. Homes with a type of construction that is difficult to treat with a conventional soil treatment system, because of an inaccessible crawl space or other impediment, or a history of repeated termite problems, would do better with bait system.

  2. Homeowners that don’t want their floors drilled, and furniture and carpeting moved for a soil treatment would prefer bait traps because it is a less intrusive system.

  3. Termiticide soil treatment is the least expensive choice for a budget-conscious homeowner, at about half the price of bait traps and follow-up monitoring. Annual renewal contracts for termiticide are also less expensive than a bait system.

  4. Anyone concerned about the use of pesticides around their home would be a good candidate for bait traps. Liquid termiticide ground treatments are not hazardous to humans or their pets when applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but anyone who is apprehensive about use of any pesticides would find a bait system, which uses a small amount chemicals compared to multiple gallons needed for an effective ground treatment, a better choice.

  5. If a termite treatment is being done as part of a real estate transaction, because evidence of termites was found during the home inspection, a termiticide ground treatment is probably a better choice. Bait traps use a slow-acting poison that requires up to a year for the baits to reduce or eliminate the infestation.

  6. People living in a condo or townhouse that is part of a large complex may prefer termiticide ground treatment for their individual unit, especially if the homeowner association is not providing a bait trap system throughout the development.

  7. A combination of both bait traps and localized treatments with termiticide soil treatment to infested areas is also an option, which provides immediate elimination of a known infestation, but limits the use of pesticides around the rest of the home.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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