A termite infestation may not be the epitome of a terrible dream, but it sure is close. You take action and call several termite companies to find that they specialize in one of two treatments: bait stations or liquid treatment. Both treatments have their pros and cons, and as a economically smart customer, you want to know which treatment is the most efficient for your money.
The main idea behind liquid treatment is to create a solid barrier around your house. The termiticide is applied to a small, narrow trench built around your home, as well as in some minor drilled holes (which are refilled with cement) in areas where a trench cannot be dug, ensuring that the entire perimeter of your house is shielded. Termites directly affected by termiticide spread it to every termite they come into contact with- this is termed the "Transfer Effect" by Termidor, one of the leading brands in liquid treatment. This effect makes the treatment work immediately after installation- the moment it touches the first termite. There is usually an initial treatment price followed up by annual renewal fees.
The bait system is the most environmentally friendly way to rid your house of termites. In contrast to liquid treatments, the bait stations are typically placed 20 feet apart, and consist of some tasty wood along with a termiticide. Keep in mind that termites are blind and are not attracted by the baits- therefore they must encounter the bait for the treatment to be effective. A technician visits your home 1-4 times a year and checks the stations for activity to adjust chemicals if needed. Bait stations are a more environmentally friendly approach to termite removal.
Because it is your home and your money, you have the right to decide which treatment is better for your investment and best fits your interests.