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The Ultimate Guide to Termite Treatments: Liquid vs. Baiting vs. Monitoring


The Ultimate Guide to Termite Treatments: Liquid vs. Baiting vs. Monitoring

Termites can cause significant damage to homes and properties, making termite prevention and control a top priority for many homeowners and property managers in Hampton Roads. When it comes to termite treatment, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. In this comprehensive guide, we'll break down the three primary methods of termite treatment — Liquid Termite Treatment, Termite Baiting Systems, and Termite Monitoring Systems — to help you understand which approach might be best for you.

Liquid Termite Treatment

One of the most common forms of termite treatment involves using liquid chemicals to create a protective barrier around a structure. The process often begins with trenching & drilling around the foundation and injecting the liquid into the ground to form a soil barrier that termites have to pass through. Termites will inevitably encounter the product and transport it back to their colony, where it will disseminate and effectively eradicate the entire colony.


  • Immediate Impact: Liquid treatments are fast-acting and can begin to kill termites upon application.
  • Longevity: When applied correctly, liquid treatments can provide long-term protection, often up to several years.


  • Environmental Impact: Some liquid termiticides can have negative environmental effects, which can be a concern for some homeowners.
  • Disruption to the Home: The process of applying liquid termite treatments can be somewhat invasive and disruptive. Trenching and drilling around the home's foundation might require moving landscaping, which could temporarily affect the aesthetics and functionality of your outdoor space.
  • Maintenance-Intensive: Over time, these barriers can weaken and may need to be reapplied, which can be costly and time-consuming. It's advisable to conduct an annual inspection of your home to guarantee the absence of any new activity.

Termite Baiting Systems

Termite bait systems work by luring termites to consume a slow-acting product that they then bring back to their colony, effectively eliminating the whole termite population from the inside out.


  • Low Environmental Impact: Termite bait systems use safer materials, making them a greener alternative.
  • Colony Elimination: They work to eradicate the entire colony, not just individual termites, which is essential for complete protection.
  • Easy to Inspect: Regular inspections can ensure that the system is working and that termites are under control.


  • Slower Results: It can take some time to see the full impact on a termite population.
  • Upfront Cost: While the systems may pay off in the long run, they can be more expensive initially than liquid treatments.

Termite Monitoring Systems (Not Recommended)

Monitoring systems provide an extra layer of security against termite invasions. These systems involve placing station monitors around the property to detect termite activity. Bait is only deployed when termites are found, minimizing chemical use.


  • Minimizes Chemical Use: By only applying bait when necessary, you can reduce the amount of chemical exposure in the environment.
  • Ease of Use: The simplicity of monitoring systems often translates to lower long-term maintenance costs.


  • Ongoing Cost: While the up-front costs may be lower, the frequent monitoring needed to use these systems effectively can add up over time.
  • Skill-Dependent: Ensuring the proper installation and maintenance of these systems requires some level of expertise.
  • Termite Attraction: In some cases, baiting systems may attract termites to the property, which can be counterproductive.

Which Termite Solution is Best?

The choice between these termite treatments depends on various factors, including the severity of the termite problem, the geography of your location, and your personal preferences. For the best protection Universal Pest & Termite, Inc recommends a combination of liquid treatment and the Sentricon® Termite Baiting System.

  • For Immediate Defense: A liquid treatment is typically the best option.
  • For Long-Term Protection: Termite baiting systems are designed to eliminate colonies. Universal Pest & Termite, inc recommends the Sentricon® Termite Baiting System.
  • For Early Detection: Termite monitoring systems can help identify termite activity early. Universal Pest & Termite, Inc. advises against this option, as the disadvantages surpass the advantages.

Universal Pest & Termite, Inc Solutions

At Universal Pest & Termite, we understand that each property is unique, and therefore, our treatment plans are tailored to meet specific needs. We offer a wide range of termite solutions, including liquid treatments and the highly-effective Sentricon® Termite Baiting System. Our team is dedicated to helping you protect your home or business from these destructive pests. Universal Pest & Termite, inc provides termite treatment services to residents in: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Poquoson, Newport News, Williamsburg, York County, and James City County.

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