Sentricon* IG and AG Termite Bait Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a termite problem?
What is in Sentricon AG and IG termite bait that eliminates termite colonies?
Is Sentricon effective against the kind of termites I have?
What’s the difference between termite baits? Aren’t they all pretty much the same?
What if my house is already infested with subterranean termites?
How long does it take to eliminate an existing colony?
If my neighbors use Sentricon, is my house protected, too?
Why don’t the termites just go between the Sentricon stations to reach my house?
Does Sentricon eliminate termite colonies?
When the colony has been eliminated, will the Sentricon stations be removed?
If I don’t have a termite problem now, can Sentricon protect my home from future invasions?

How do I know if I have a termite problem?

A pest management professional should inspect your home for evidence of termites, such as wood damage and mud tubes. Be sure to speak up if you’ve seen swarming termites or discarded wings near doors and windows.

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What is in Sentricon AG and IG termite bait that eliminates termite colonies?

The active ingredient in Sentricon IG and AG termite bait is hexaflumuron, an insect growth regulator (IGR). It interrupts the termites’ necessary ability to moult, which means they are unable to grow and, therefore, die.

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Is Sentricon effective against the kind of termites I have?

Sentricon IG and AG termite bait is effective against all economically important subterranean (not drywood) termite species in Australia. It does the job in varying soil conditions and climates, whether desert, tropical or temperate.

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What’s the difference between termite baits? Aren’t they all pretty much the same?

No, not at all. Even products within the same class of chemistry have different effects on a termite colony. The active ingredient in Sentricon termite bait — hexaflumuron — affects termites slowly, allowing them to recruit their nestmates to feed on the bait, ultimately causing termite colony elimination. With some termite baits, the active ingredient may cause termites to die or become ill near the bait station. In these cases, termite nestmates tend to avoid the baited area, reducing the effectiveness of the bait on the colony. Plus, many of these baits are not very effective, so they require a simultaneous liquid chemical treatment. Sentricon IG and AG Termite Bait is a stand-alone termite treatment.

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What if my house is already infested with subterranean termites?

If termites have been found infesting the home, your professional pest manager will place a Sentricon AG (above-ground) bait station along mud tubes and other known termite infestation areas. Together, in-ground Sentricon stations and above-ground bait stations can reach more termites, more quickly, to eliminate the colony.

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How long does it take to eliminate an existing colony?

Although the exact amount of time to eliminate an existing colony varies depending on termite species and geographical factors, once Sentricon is installed, it begins working immediately. Professional pest managers are trained to regularly monitor the Sentricon stations and introduce termite bait when termites attack them. (Ask your professional pest manager about the average length of time necessary for colony elimination in your area.) This monitoring process continues even after the termite colony is eliminated, providing your home with security.

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If my neighbors use Sentricon, is my house protected, too?

No. Sentricon can only protect structures where it’s installed. There may be many colonies foraging in your neighborhood, and the one attacking your home is not necessarily the one attacking your neighbour’s home.

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Why don’t the termites just go between the Sentricon stations to reach my house?

Termites are always looking for new feeding sites, even though they may have already located an abundant food source. Plus, termites feed randomly among all feeding sites within their foraging area. So, if termites are foraging near a home, it’s likely they’ll find and attack the monitoring devices in one or more of the Sentricon stations. Once they hit the monitoring devices, termite bait will be placed in the Sentricon station(s) to begin the process of colony elimination.

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Does Sentricon eliminate termite colonies?

Yes. Sentricon IG and AG Termite Bait provides proven termite colony elimination. And with continued service from a professional pest manager, it continues to protect homes from future invasions.

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When the colony has been eliminated, will the Sentricon stations be removed?

No. Sentricon termite bait will be removed from the Sentricon stations and replaced with monitoring devices, but the Sentricon stations will remain in the ground. Once a termite colony has been eliminated, another one could invade your property. With continued service, regular monitoring of Sentricon by a professional pest manager protects a home from future termite invasions.

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If I don’t have a termite problem now, can Sentricon protect my home from future invasions?

Yes. Ongoing monitoring makes Sentricon good at stopping a current infestation and preventing a future one. When termites begin to feed on the monitoring devices in the Sentricon stations, the monitoring devices are replaced with Baitube™ devices containing Sentricon termite bait, which ultimately leads to the colony’s demise. Many homeowners with no known termite problems have used the Sentricon to help make sure the property stays that way.

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