Because the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ technology uses a revolutionary bait matrix, it is important to practice proper bait replacement to save time and money.
One fact based on termite palatability tests is that Recruit® HD termite bait becomes more desirable over time, despite its appearance!
- Aged, moldy bait — Recruit HD termite bait was accepted and consumed equal to or more than fresh Recruit HD termite bait after four years of field aging.
- Cracking — Cracking is normal and does not affect acceptable feeding. In fact, termites appear to use the cracks as a starting point when consuming the bait.
- Fungi — Recruit HD termite bait was exposed to brown rot and white rot and tested in a laboratory for termite consumption and mortality. Results showed that Recruit HD termite bait is highly durable against these fungi, even with long-term exposure, and mortality was comparable to fresh non-fungi-exposed bait.
- Previously fed-on bait — Laboratory and field research has shown that previous feeding by other termite colonies of the same species or a different species does not affect new invading colonies or species from feeding on the bait. In fact, feeding by new colonies or species on previously fed-on bait is consumed equal to or more than fresh bait.
Label directions state that a bait device containing Recruit® HD termite bait should be replaced when one-third or more has been consumed. If less than one-third of the bait device has been consumed, it does not need to be replaced. Look at the Recruit HD termite bait and purple extractor from the bottom. Compare the diameter of the remaining bait to the circle at the base of the extractor. If the bait is smaller than the base, it’s time to replace (Photo 1). If the amount of bait is equal to or larger than the diameter of that circle, then the bait does not need to be replaced (Photo 2). The appearance of the bait (i.e., moldy, dirty, cracked) has nothing to do with whether a bait device needs to be replaced. All that matters is the amount of bait that remains.
Recruit HD termite bait (highly dense and highly durable) has been designed to last for years, even in the toughest of environments. The special matrix of the bait extends durability by resisting degradation regardless of soil, weather or seasonal changes.
A fact sheet was created to help your technicians understand proper bait replacement, including frequently asked questions and answers from homeowners.
Helpful Hint: Laminate copies of the fact sheet and put them in your technicians’ trucks to reinforce training.