Making your own termite aggregation box (or bait box)
There are many different ways to make a termite aggregation box or bait box, this is just my version. The idea of a bait box is to aggregate as many termites as possible into a defined area which allows your termite manager to treat with a colony control product or bait with minimal interference which the termites will hopefully transfer back to the nest. Treating termites is a numbers game, the more termites baited or treated with a colony control product the more chance of success. Termite aggregation boxes do NOT directly protect your house and should not be relied upon as the only form of termite management system. Termite aggregation boxes are simply a way to hopefully reduce the termite pressure on your home and another way of being proactive against termite attack. Laguna Pest Control strongly recommends regular visual inspections in conjunction with a certified Termite Management System.
-plastic tubs approximately 15L (the more the better) don’t necessarily have to have a lid. Bunnings or a cheapy shop is your best bet.
-a mixture of untreated hardwood (Tassie oak is a good one) and softwood timbers (pine). A mixture of thicknesses is also a good idea.
– some cardboard
-a paver for each tub (must be bigger than the tub) I like the 400x400mm ones.
-drill with a drill bit (really doesn’t matter what diameter)
-circular saw preferably a drop saw(makes short work of a monotonous job)
-jigsaw(just to put the bigger holes in the end for the long piece of wood)
-pair of scissors (just to cut the cardboard)
-tape measure and pencil (or just guess if your really good)
Step 1- Bang a heap of holes in your tub, doesn’t really matter how big or how many, termites will find their way in but let’s make it easier for them. I also like to cut a large hole in each end of the tub so I can slot a long length (approx. 3 foot) of timber through it.
Step 2- Cut all your timbers up into lengths smaller than your tub, except for that one piece that will protrude each end of the tub.
Step 3- Cut your cardboard up into smaller pieces.
Step 4- Layer all your timbers and cardboard pieces in the tub. Doesn’t really matter which order but just mix it up and allow plenty of spaces between the timbers for the termites to mud up and your pest manager to treat.
Step 5- Bury your tub/s in the garden where you have concerns. The more tubs the better (it’s a bit like fishing) Preferably bury your tubs outside the drip zone of your house , that way they will get a bit of moisture. Watering them a bit every so often can even help.
Step 6-Whack the paver on top of the tub. The paver keeps the tub nice and dark, stops people from stepping through it, makes them easy to inspect and helps stop you from losing where they’re buried.
Step 7-Inspect the tubs every 2-3 months. If you find termites in them, do not disturb them, simply cover the tub back up and contact your local professional termite manager!