TRELONA ATBS TERMITE BAITING SYSTEM
Every year in the United States, termites cause more than $5 billion in damage to homes and other structures that is typically not covered by insurance policies. Paramount understands the problems and challenges associated with termites, so we offer the revolutionary Trelona ATBS Advance Termite Baiting System for homes and other structures in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and on Long Island.
What is a Termite Baiting System?
When properly installed and monitored, termite bait stations provide an effective first line of defense against foraging termites. Termite bait stations can provide an effective, long-term solution for termite issues, and termite baits have been used to help control subterranean termites for decades. Termite bait systems can be used as a home’s sole prevention and control method, or in conjunction with liquid chemical soil treatments to control known termite colonies.
Termite bait stations are generally installed in the ground surrounding the exterior foundation of your home. These stations are sometimes referred to as "termite traps," but they do not actually trap termites. These stations contain a bait, often comprised of wood, paper or other cellulose material, that is laced with a chemical that is deadly to termites. As termites naturally forage for food sources, they are attracted to the bait matrix in the stations and eat it. One of the key characteristics of the termite bait pesticide component is that it is slow acting, which gives affected termites time to return to the colony and spread the bait to others. This "transfer effect" of the bait helps with the destruction of all termites within a colony, including reproductives, soldiers and workers. When workers of a termite colony are eliminated, the food supply chains are cut off, the rest of the termites starve, and the colony collapses.
Typical finished installation of a termite bait station around a home.
Why Choose the TRELONA Termite Baiting System?
Trelona ATBS is a time tested and proven termite elimination system that is installed around the immediate exterior of your home to provide long-term protection against damaging termites. The Trelona system is a viable alternative to traditional liquid chemical treatments and has far less impact on the environment. Depending on the situation, the Trelona ATBS System can be initially installed as a monitoring system or directly baited from day one.
Trelona ATBS - Frequently Asked Questions
How does Trelona ATBS actually work to control termites?
Termites are constantly foraging in soil looking for food, and their preferred meal is wood...like the wood holding our homes together. Due to its large and innovative station design, termites find Trelona ATBS bait stations fast. Once termites find a station, they begin feeding on the cellulose matrix tablets within the Trelona Compressed Termite Bait cartridges, which termites prefer over the wood that homes are built of. Termites then travel back and forth to the colony in shelter (mud) tubes, sharing the bait containing Novaluron, a fast-acting insect growth regulator, with their nest-mates. As feeding on the bait continues and more and more termites are affected, the termite colony starts to die and is eventually eliminated. As a result, Trelona ATBS achieves on-going structural protection through termite colony elimination.
How and where are stations installed around my home?
Trelona Termite Bait Stations are strategically installed around the entire exterior perimeter of your home, typically in the flower beds or soil abutting the foundation. The amount of stations required for proper coverage is determined by the size and layout of the home. Using an electric drill or gas powered auger, your Paramount Termite Specialist will excavate small holes in the soil about 2 feet out from the foundation, and each hole is approximately 3 inches in diameter by about 1 foot deep. After the holes are created, the stations are inserted into the cavities. The termite attractants and/or active bait cartridges are housed inside each station, which is buried in the soil to prevent access by children, wildlife, and pets. Only the top of each station and tamper-resistant cap are visible after installation (see image above).
What happens after the stations are installed?
Depending on the situation, the Trelona ATBS System can be initially installed as a monitoring system or directly baited from day one. When initially installed as a monitoring system, stations are checked quarterly for termite activity. When your Paramount Termite Specialist identifies sufficient termite activity in any station, as the label requires, active termite killing bait is placed inside infested stations and monitored until there is no evidence of active termites in the stations.
When initially installed with active termite killing bait, Trelona ATBS are inspected at least once per year. This reduces feeding disturbance and the number of required site visits compared to other termite baiting products that require shorter inspection intervals. The annual inspection label also gives us the flexibility to check the stations more frequently if heavy termite activity is present.
How long will Trelona Compressed Termite Bait last in a station?
When installed according to the label, most Trelona ATBS termite bait cartridges can remain effective for 2 or 3 years under typical conditions. Aside from actual consumption of bait by termites, the length of time the bait will last in a station largely depends on environmental conditions, which can lead to a shorter life span.
Are Trelona Compressed Termite Bait cartridges ever replaced?
Per the label, when more than 1/3 of the bait matrix within a single cartridge is consumed by termites, or is missing, the cartridge will be replaced. Tests have shown that bait cartridges with certain types of mold and/or fungus can be even more palatable to foraging termites, so the call for replacement for such stations will be made by your Paramount Termite Specialist during routine inspections. However, bait cartridges with excessive mold or fungus will be replaced.
What is Novaluron, the active ingredient in Trelona Compressed Termite Bait cartridges?
Novaluron is a chitin synthesis inhibitor, also known as an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). Once Novaluron is in an insect’s system through direct contact with the bait, or transferred from another infected insect, it blocks the development of chitin (skin) so that the insect cannot form a new exoskeleton or shed the old one. Thus, affected insects die during the molting (growing) process, leaving no replacement insects to sustain the colony. Adult termite workers don’t live very long, and without new workers, the termite soldiers and reproductives (future kings and queens) soon starve because they rely on workers to bring them food. Novaluron has been proven to be effective against termites as a result of many laboratory and field trials.
Will Trelona Compressed Termite Bait contaminate plants or my home?
As mentioned above, the active ingredient in Trelona Compressed Termite Bait used inside the Trelona ATBS stations is in a pesticide group called Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). IGRs are considered some of the safest pesticides to use as they only affect undeveloped insects that contact or feed on the material. Even if by some chance the active ingredient leaches from the bait into the soil, it will not have any effect on nearby plants or the insects that visit them. If a pet or child dug up a station and ate the bait inside it will not cause any more harm than eating a piece of paper covered in dirt and fungus.