Eliminating Subterranean Termites With Bait Systems

Termite bait systems take a very different approach to eliminating subterranean termites compared to termiticides. Instead of repelling termites, bait systems attract the termites by offering them an enticing, yet poisonous, food source.

While the implementation of termite bait systems can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer of the trap, they generally follow the same basic principle: a plastic tube containing untreated wood is placed roughly every 10 feet around a structure. The traps are than checked routinely, often once a month. If live termites are found in the trap, a toxic bait is placed in the trap.

Now that the termites have found a food source they will continue to feast on the poisonous bait, which will kill them.

Average Cost

Green Heat SD says that the average customer can expect to pay roughly $1500 for installation and around $300 a year for routine maintenance and inspection.

Application Time

A technician will be able to install the termite bait systems within 1 day for most customers. Routine monthly inspections will often be made to check for termite activity.

Treatment Time

Will vary from customer to customer. Since there is no way to “coax” the termites to the trap, it may take anywhere from several weeks to several months for the termites to discover the traps.

Hassle Factor

Although minimal work (in most cases) is needed to place the bait stations, monthly inspections will be required to determine if the termites have found the trap.

In most cases drilling will not be required, as the bait stations can be placed in soil around your home or structure. However, if your home or structure is surrounded by concrete patios, driveways, or walkways, technicians will have no choice but to drill through the concrete to place the bait stations.


  • Termite bait systems are substantially more environmentally friendly than termiticides (another method to fight subterranean termites).
  • They have considerably less active ingredient and it’s almost impossible for the toxin to seep into the soil and contaminate any water sources.


  • It may take months for the termites to discover the baiting systems, as there are no means to coax the termites to the bait stations.
  • Tends to be more expensive than termiticide methods.
  • Bait systems will not protect the structure directly. If termites are already inside they will continue to feed until they are eliminated through another method.