Take Advantage of Conducive Conditions for Termites

Dr. Bob Davis, BCE
Technical Services Representative - BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions

Termite bait system

“Conducive Conditions” for termites are areas that have enough food, water and shelter to support termites and are at risk of infestation. 

Inspections can locate termite activity, damage and conducive conditions. Exterior termite conducive conditions include wood-to-soil contact, excessive moisture, debris under/around structures, expansion joints, cracks in slabs and foundations, excessive foliage by structure, firewood by foundation, and more.

Interior conducive conditions include bath traps, shower drains, plumbing penetrations, moisture issues, interior joints, cracks and foundation anomalies, etc.

When recommending treatment options to property owners, PMPs should use conducive conditions to their advantage - apply per label directions to control/prevent termites that may be associated with the conditions. For instance, apply finished dilution where buried wood is associated with the foundation. Also, termite bait system efficacy is improved with proper station placement. Locating stations near conducive conditions allows termites to find and feed upon the bait and transfer active ingredient into the colony faster, so colony elimination is quicker. So, take advantage!

Dr. Bob Davis, BCE

Dr. Bob Davis, BCE, is a technical services representative for BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions. His career has included various positions, including fisheries biologist, serving as the technical director for ABC Pest & Lawn Services of Austin, TX, and as a technical field representative for Aventis and Bayer Environmental Sciences. Bob is a board-certified entomologist and is active in the Entomological Society of America. He has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and has provided educational materials, presentations and articles through extension and professional magazine venues. He can be reached at robert.davis@basf.com.

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