There is debate in the pest control industry and among consumers as to the whether Sentricon Baiting Systems or Liquid Termite Treatments with Termidor are the better alternative for protecting your home from termites. We have included a link to an article that summarizes the argument for using Liquid Termite Treatments.  We would also like to make a few points in favor of treating a house using Termidor as opposed to a baiting system based on the criteria of effectiveness.  In this blog post, we will assert that liquid termite treatments using Termidor are a more effective solution for residential termite control. There are two acceptable methods for treating a house for termites. The first is a liquid treatment using a pesticide such as Termidor that creates an invisible barrier between the structure and the ground. The second is a baiting system that attempts to attract termites and subsequently poison the termite colony. The baiting system approach calls for the bait stations to be placed around the house and checked every 3 months to see if termites have infested the wood bait in the station. Our main argument against baiting stations is that it is very possible that termites could infest your house without moving to the bait stations.  There could be conditions present in the structure such as water leakage, moisture problems, contact between wood in the structure and the ground, and structural defects that would make the house conducive to termite activity. It is also possible that the wood bait used to attract the termites could become contaminated by a technician as he is handling the product. This contamination could result in the termites instinctively avoiding the wood bait.  Thus, the inspections of the bait stations could show no activity while termites are infesting the structure. If this scenario were to occur, termites could be causing damage to the structure while the bait stations show no termite activity. In our opinion, the best way to protect your house from termites is to have the house inspected once each year since the goal is prevent a termite infestation in the house.  If an infestation is found, a liquid termite treatment using Termidor is the most effective method for treatment.  Termidor is extremely effective because it does more than simply act as a barrier between the structure and termites. Termidor is undetectable to termites and as termites forage in an area that has been treated, they become carriers of the product. They then transfer the active ingredient to other termites and eventually the termites are killed and eliminated from the treated area. This transfer effect is very effective and Pest Management Professionals have had great success in treating for termites with Termidor. In summary, homeowners who rely on baiting systems for termite protection are still at risk for infestation and should consider a termite service plan that relies on inspections and liquid treatments with Termidor.