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“You can do the job yourself, properly, safely and save money.
Paying more doesn’t kill termites any deader than dead” says Ion Staunton, Entomologist, text book author and inventor of the DIY TermiteTrap Control System
Ion Staunton is Australia’s most respected authority on DIY termite control and treatment. An entomologist and former TAFE teacher, he wrote the textbooks professional pest controllers use and was the first person in the world to create a DIY system for homeowners.
Kllling Termites You've Found
If you’ve found live termites busy eating timber, place bait on the outside of the timber and they will begin carrying it back to kill their colony. Our videos and the illustrated, practical instructions make it simple.
The termites that attack homes follow the same instincts they’ve used for millions of years. These few instincts are predictable. You can help them self destruct by following these recommendations — and be just as predictably successful.
We use this instinct against them
The worker termite’s main job is to find food, chew off a tummyfull and return to the nest to feed the nymphs and Royalty. Workers are like an endless conveyor belt. It’s what they do.
How we use this instinct
By feeding them a bait which is more palatable, they take it back, instead of chewed wood.
The bait contains a chemical that stops their moulting process and the viability of the queen’s eggs. The colony dies. It may take awhile but it is the most consistently reliable control method. Professionals use the same technique and the same bait — have done for 15+ years — because it works!
What you use
The carton of Colony Killer Bait is usually enough to kill a large colony or a couple of smaller colonies. What you don’t use will store for years.
How you kill termites eating timber
The workers hollow out the timber they are eating and if no one interferes, they keep on harvesting food for transfer back to the nest. If you you’ve found them in timber, make a small hole as shown to ensure they are working busily away inside. Then add a cache of bait to the outside, over the hole, and they will be able to access the bait and begin conveying it back to the nest.
See the adjoining photo and drawing for basic understanding. You will get fully illustrated, practical instructions both in the Free downloadable How-to-Guide and inside the carton of bait. Did you watch the video?
Killing a termite colony is just the start; you should consider defending your home well into the future.
Making a small hole to check they are alive and if they are present, to cover with a bait cache as shown in the drawing, below
Defending Your Home
Every TV news item you see on termites is the result of them crossing a barrier to get into the building. Placing TermiteTraps around your home gives termites something easy to find before they find a way inside.
The tyranny of termite instincts.
As a colony and as individuals, termites can only follow what has been programmed into them for millions of years. Each unfailingly follows their caste role; circumstances may differ but their instincts cannot change.
It makes it easier for us to defend our homes once we understand this tyranny of termite instincts.
We use these instincts against them
- Termite scouts are constantly searching for additional food.
- They always protect their environment to retain humidity and exclude ants using a ‘mud’ mixture.
- The worker termite’s main job is to find food, return to the nest and feed the nymphs and Royalty like an endless conveyor belt. It’s what they do.
How we use this instinct
- We give them plenty of Traps to find in places they go looking
- The base is open, allowing them access to discover the food source. We’ve left an open hole in the lid which they seal to control humidity loss. This tells you when they’ve arrived.
- By feeding them a bait which is more palatable, they take it back, instead of chewed wood.
When scouts find a Trap, they ‘report back to base’ and tunneling is commenced to the new food site. Once the Trap is sealed up around the base, they seal up the hole in the lid. This is your signal to add the bait!
What you use
There are 22 Traps in a carton to spread around about 3 metres apart. There is no digging. Place them on the garden soil, over the cracks between pavers, over expansion joints against the wall or in sheds, etc. Check the signal hole in the lid as you walk past or at least every 3 months.
The Products, Costs, Comparisons
Doing your own termite control makes sense.
You’d like to save money — but not risk your home for the sake of a dollar?
And you’d like to do it without poisons? You are on the right website.
Its a once off investment of a few hundred dollars which saves you thousands over the 10 years TermiteTraps are guaranteed to last.
You only need two products (apart from spare parts/refills).
- Colony Killer Termite Bait to kill termite nests
- TermiteTraps to place around your buildings.
- Not poisonous to humans, pets, birds or wildlife.
- Kills termite colonies because it is carried back by workers to their nest.
- Registered and approved by the APVMA in Canberra for homeowner use.
- Enough in a carton to kill a large colony or a couple of smaller colonies.
- What you don’t use will keep for many years.
- Already loaded with the timber the CSIRO recommends as most attractive.
- Place them on your garden, on pavers, over expansion joints. No digging.
- Space them about 3 metres apart.
- There are 22 in a carton; putting them around is a 15 minute job.
- The UV protected polypropylene case is guaranteed 10 years (will last longer)
- Easy to check by glancing at the hole in the lid as you walk past
- Easy to add bait to the Trap without disturbing the busy termite workers.
The 1:1 Kit is for surburban homes, 2:1 Kit is for those who may live on acreage and have sheds to protect. The 3:1 Kit is for properties with many sheds, stables, stock loading ramps, etc. There is 1 carton of Bait with each kit. You won’t need bait until you have live termites and you can always buy more when needed.
The cost / comparisons
So, how does the TermiteTrap DIY System compare to others?
There are 2 types of DIY systems:
- Monitors buried in the ground
- Monitors placed above the ground
There are 2 types of DIY treatment:
- Most offer bait that affects termite moulting
- Others offer dust for you to use instead of bait. WARNING Dust, when it transfers, works faster, but be aware that a monitor buried in the ground is in a damp situations and most of the dust immediately sticks to the damp timber and mud. It is supposed to be picked up by passing termites for transfer back to the colony on the bodies or in the gut of the workers. If it is ‘stuck in the mud’ the transfer may not happen in sufficient quantity.
Termites have always known there is more food above the ground than under it. That’s why we put our TermiteTraps above ground where the scouts go looking. Trials proved monitors above the ground were found before any of those buried in the ground. Monitors are useless unless they are found!
So, how does the TermiteTrap DIY System compare to others?
We think ours is the best. Here’s why:
The Bait we offer is exactly the same formulation as used by professionals for the last 15 years — because it is reliable.
The TermiteTrap is the easiest of all to check for termites. The hole in the lid allows humidity to be lost and the termite instinct is to close the hole as soon as they arrive. A glance as you pass is all you need; being in the top lid, it is visible from all angles. Look at them every three months or so. (Provide us with your email address and we’ll remind you).
Monitors that are buried flush with the garden and lawn surface can be covered and lost — meaning you won’t know about it.
There is no digging among roots or rocks; you can place the 22 in about 15 minutes.
In summary: they work, they last and the bait need only be purchased if you have another colony threatening.
They are guaranteed for 10 years but being UV protected, will last much longer and can be can be re-used many times.
Real comments by real people.
The TermiteTrap system is used by thousands of homeowners.
The big question everyone asks at first is:
Do The Traps Really Work?
Read these real comments by current customers.
“Just wanted to say thanks for a great product and for running a great business. You’ve really got it nailed – good science, great product, great design and great product information that empowers people and lets them use, adapt and recycle instead of trying to force them into a cycle of re-ordering. Great people, great communication, great values. Your integrity and the intelligence and work you put into improving, refining and simplifying your offering really show.” - Jenni
“Thanks for the advice. Your videos are great!!! Gave your website URL to a colleague today as I have been impressed with your website and service.” – Angus – NSW
“Your product is great and your service, as always, is excellent. ” Tim & Cathy, SA
“less than 10% of what I was quoted by the local pest bloke” – Len, Hornsby NSW
“I did as you said and the termites have finally gone” . . . - Meg H. Balingup WA
“Nice to know some products do what they claim. . .” – Adrian, Capalaba, QLD
“. . . so simple and so low in cost which also works” – Derek K. ACT
“G’day Ion, I had great success with your Termite Trap system. I live on the outskirts of Gympie renowned for its termite infestation. I initially installed only 3 tube type baits and within two weeks had activity. I commenced baiting and monitored regularly, I averaged one tub every 2 to 3 weeks for a total of nine months. During this time activity slowed and then speeded up, I can only surmise that colonies further away were connecting and finding the bait, eventually nothing left and has been clear for a couple of years. I did the same at my fathers place in Amamoor Qld. In this case they were wiped out within 7 months of continuous baiting. This system is spot on and wipes them out from within the colony. Its the best $600 I’ve ever spent and the peace of mind is priceless. I continue to monitor in case they migrate back but am sure will detect them if and when they come back. I recommend to many people, Before I commenced baiting I had to rebuild half my building. They ate it so fast before I realized I had a problem, now I sleep well knowing theyre gone and not eating my house from under me. To anyone looking for the right treatment you can’t go past this system as professional spraying is way more expensive and doesnt destroy the complete connected colonies, Thanks for your research and good luck with your business.” - Greg Sims QLD
“We’ve killed 3 different nests” . . . David S. St George, QLD
Things you wonder about may be covered right here.
How do white ants/termites find Termite Traps?
Do monitors attract termites to my house?
My house is only three years old. It must have been built to meet Codes including termite preventive measures, and anyway, isn’t there a seven-year builder’s warranty to cover me?
If termites are already in my house can I use Termite Traps to entice them out?
I’ve bought a load of firewood for the winter and found termites in it. What do I do?
What are the dimensions of a TermiteTrap?
Is it legal for homeowners to buy and use your bait?
I’ve read about ‘serious’ and ‘nuisance’ termite species. How can I tell the difference?
How do termites get into the Trap?
My house was built more than twenty years ago and there has been no termite attack, why would I bother putting monitors around?
I understand termites can do $50,000 plus in damage to a house in a short time. Doing something about the termite threat is obviously sensible, however, aren’t chemical barriers better value, even though more costly than termite monitors?
What is a nest?
We have lots of ants which we know are the enemy of termites. Do we still have a termite problem?
Won’t dogs or kids move the Traps?
Is there a guarantee?
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FREE DIY termite control How To Guide
Download your Free Home Termite Control How To Guide
In this 16 pg illustrated guide you’ll learn:
- How to tell the difference between termites that are just a nuisance and those that are a threat.
- Assessing your Termite Risk depending on where you live and your house construction style
- How to do a professional termite extermination job yourself, at a cost a few hundred dollars – the same job a technician will charge thousands for.
- Killing termites inside timbers in your house, sheds, trees and mounds – Safely!
- How to protect your home with an ‘early warning system’, stopping termites in their tracks before they get to your house.
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