PUBLISHED ON March 31st, 2011
Aerosol pest control sprays have become an unfortunate fixture in many American homes. They may work at getting rid of pests on sight, but most sprays are toxic, smell bad and don’t effectively wipe out the entire infestation.
To reach the source of an infestation, many professional pest control services use pest baits as part of an overall Integrated Pest Management strategy. Here’s a look at what baits do and why they work:
Pest baits are a simple control method that’s less toxic than chemical sprays or fumigation and, if used properly with the guidance of a pest management professional, can be quite effective at eliminating certain pest infestations.
Baits and bait stations work on many types of small pests, including ants, roaches, flies, spiders and crawling insects. Bait stations are odorless and because they are so small, they can be placed in inconspicuous places.
Baits work on a very simple level. Most attract the insect by smell. For such hive pests as ants, the drones carry the poisoned bait back to the colony and its queen, resulting in the destruction of the colony within a week or two. For solo pests such as spiders, bait stations can also be used to trap the pest inside and kill it on the spot.
The pests most commonly treated with bait stations are ants. Different types of baits treat different ant species, but the most effective baits work on sugar ants, protein-loving ants and carpenter ants. Other pests that can be controlled with baits include spiders, flies, cockroaches, termites, silverfish and even mice and rats.
Not all pest infestations can be controlled with bait systems. Check with your Seattle or Portland pest control service if you are still seeing signs of an infestation after two to three weeks of using a bait system.