About The Design
The Termi-Mite Termite Monitoring and Treatment System
The Termi-Mite Monitoring and Treatment system comes with two distinctly separate types of stations.
The main stations are called the “Termite Coffins”. The Termite Coffins are a dual chambered station designed to amass large numbers of termites and to make monitoring and treatment not only easy but with a minimum of disturbance to the termites. The Termite Coffins are placed wherever you can dig a hole, in the lawn right next to the concrete path, patio, paving or driveway.....in the garden etc. The instructions show you where they should go. They are the mainstay of the system.
The secondary stations are called “WAM” (White Ant Monitor). They are designed to go in the critical areas where the coffins wo'nt fit. (see "The Wam Stations" further down the page). They too are easily monitored and treated and are still very efficient at diverting termites away from the building. An added bonus is that they are less expensive than the "Coffins" and as such allow excellent coverage around the house and save you a few dollars at the same time. In fact if you purchase any of the household packs the WAM's are generally provided free.
Together the Termite Coffins and the Wam stations provide comprehensive protection of your home at a very affordable price, especially as they incur no extra annual fees.
The Termite Coffins
The Termite Coffins are unique in that they have two integrated chambers. The inventor decided that no single chambered bait station, as they are commonly known, could be highly effective in dealing with white ants (termites). The reason is simple. Termites require constant temperature and high humidity to survive. With any single chambered system the cap at the top faces the elements. During peak season, in the summer they get too hot so the termites will either vacate the unit or force mud to the top to protect them from the elements. As soon as the cap is removed, to monitor or treat the termites, exposure to the elements sends them scurrying.
Research proves that one of the most critical elements in dealing with termites is to amass large numbers of “workers” to treat or the treatment will be ineffective. Any disturbance will defeat this purpose. By having two chambers you can monitor the activity of termites without disturbing the main feeding group and the safer they feel the more the numbers will build up in the trap. The “Termite Coffin is also designed to facilitate treatment without the termites knowing it's happening. Here’s how it works.
The Outer Chamber
The outer chamber is the “termite restaurant”. This chamber sits below the ground where the temperature, moisture and humidity remain constant. The chamber is filled with a specially designed composite corrugated cardboard wrapped in many layers. The cardboard is much higher in cellulose content than normal timber and will absorb the activator solution making sure it's attractive to all the main breeds of termite.
As each different breed of termite attacks different species of timber it is impossible to pick which timber to use as you don't know which termite is going to turn up. The corrugations are also very similar to the way termites build their own nests. The entry points to the chamber are staggered thin slots around the chamber. They start a good 100mm below the ground as the termites’ predators are most prolific in the topsoil. This greatly reduces predator attack, a feature the most expensive systems don’t have.
The Central Chamber
The Central chamber comprises a 50mm tube with it's own entry slots. This tube protrudes about 30mm above the cap of the outer chamber and has a cap on top to seal it. Inside the tube is a pine rod. This can be easily accessed by you once amonth to check for activity without disturbing the termites feeding in the outer chamber.
It only takes a couple of seconds to check and as you don't physically disturb them you wont set off the termites' alarm bells. As the termites have to eat all the way through the outer chamber to access the inner chamber, if you find termites eating the pine rod or "mud" build up, you not only know that there are termites in the station but that you will have sufficient numbers in the outer chamber for an effective treatment program.
The WAM Stations
WAM stands for “White Ant Monitor. The WAM is a square block of pine, wedge shaped at one end for easy installation. In the middle of the top of the block there is a tube with a sealed clear viewing window inserted into the block. The blocks are made from the more durable varieties of pine, such as hoop pine, as these varieties will last years longer than say radiata. They are also pre-aged with the activator solution before you receive them. This speeds up the time it takes for termites to be able to detect them and provides the termites with the all important protozoa they need to digest the cellulose, just as in the termite coffin. New timber blocks can take quite some time to decay in the ground before the termites know they are there.
The termites will attack the WAM's from the bottom up working their way to the top. When termites eat their way into the tube the sun will hit them threatening them with dehydration so they will block off the clear window with termite “mud” to insulate them telling you have termites in the WAM station.
As our experience tells us that the termite will mostly attack 2 to 3 stations, if there are termites in the WAMs they will virtually always be in the coffins as well. It is still very easy to treat the WAMs but we would not recommend the use of this type of station on its own as there is no way to tell what numbers of termites you are dealing with or to identify the species if necessary. Used together with the Termite Coffins however they work brilliantly as the Termite Coffins will amass enough termites on their own for treatment then whatever number of termites are attacking the WAM's is an added bonus.
The main reason we use the WAM's is to enable you to place them in tighter spaces next to drains and pipes where termites regularly congregate. This way you are able to cover these critical areas where the larger Termite Coffins may not fit. They are also perfect for where you may need to core drill through concrete to ensure a continuous barrier. As an average taken over hundreds of homes, generally every fifth position requires a WAM. If you ignore these spots you take a great risk of giving the termite s a way through.
Termites love driveways and patios due to the protection from predators, controlled conditions and trapped moisture that cocrete and paving provides. The holes required to install the WAM's are smaller (75mm), less intrusive and much less expensive than those required for the larger units. Our constant field research proves that the combination of Termite Coffins and WAM's is every bit as, and in fact more effective than using just the Termite Coffins on their own.
The Activator Solution
With every kit of Termite Coffins and WAMs you receive a bottle of Activator Solution per 16 units. This is our latest innovation to add to the effectiveness of the system. The Activator solution is based on a specific species of Melaleuca mixed with liquid cellulose and then aged to produce a live plant mould which is activated when it is put in the ground, providing the termites with their all important protein containing the protozoa needed to digest the cellulose. This mould, by growing between the layers also stops the cardboard from becoming too soggy and breaking up and prevents the surrounding soil from solidifying around the canister. Added to this is the broken down bark of the main timbers that the house invading termites mainly feed on.
Easy to follow instructions are on the main instruction sheet. All you do is mix the Activator solution with 8 litres of water in a bucket and then add about half a litre to the earth you fill in around both the "Coffins and the WAM's. The solution is drawn into the outer chamber of the Coffins and the main body of the WAM's trapping the all important moisture and high humidity required to make the termites happy so the numbers will quickly swell.
The greatest proliferation of termites around Australia is found where Eucalypts and Melaleuca are in abundance ..... This is where they love to build their nests; in the stumps of dead trees, under the root crown of living or dead trees or high up in the fork of branches of the tree. The Melaleuca and heavy cellulose have chemical signatures the termites’ readily recognise.
All of the ingredients in the Activator Solution are found naturally in nature and are completely Non-Toxic to the environment.
With the combination of the concentrated cellulose in the absorbent corrugated cardboard and the Melaleuca plant mould we have now provided the best food source in the yard to Termites. The little blighters can’t resist them. Termi-Mite Termite Monitoring and Baiting Stations are guaranteed to amass large numbers of termites, as when termites find a safe and abundant food source they lay a pheremone which serves to guide the other workers to the food source, then the termites send out a message to the rest of the workers to join in the feast by tapping their antennae on each others shells.
To see how the system works and how easy it is to do DIY monitoring follow the link below to How Does Termi-Mite Work?
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