queenkiller termite bait diy

QueenKiller Termite Bait DIY

Abbreviated version, please contact us for complete detailed version with images prior to use of QueenKiller™ Termite Bait DIY .

ACTIVE CONSTITUENT: 1.0g/kg CHLORFLUAZURON   APVMA Approval No: 68903

QueenKiller™ is also known as Easy Termite Control Bait.

QueenKiller™ is used in the 1.Treatment Pod supplied with QueenKiller™ or 2.TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod.

QueenKiller when used according to the label and this manual, will eliminate subterranean termite colonies, including the queen.

BACKGROUND

Termite baiting as a means of termite suppression and complete colony eradication has made enormous advances during recent times but also continues to be used in outdated and inefficient devices.

Until the introduction of QueenKiller™ and TermiteMansion™ the huge benefit of total colony destruction was not fully utilised due to the use of inferior bait and baiting apparatus which resulted in colony suppression but not colony elimination, due to regular disruption of the baiting process.

To achieve maximum potential with termite baiting to achieve total colony eradication and not suppression, four important requirements are needed;

  1. Highly palatable and desirable food source (amazingly not all commercially available baits meet this requirement).
  2. Reliable moisture source or in the case of commercially available baits, made up with precise amount of water to consume and regurgitate as necessary.
  3. A method of providing bait into closed system of colony and then adding more bait without disturbing the consumption.
  4. An active ingredient (chlorfluazuron) that can reliably result in complete colony and queen elimination in a reasonable time frame (months).
MONITORING AND BAITING

Monitoring is the act of finding out if your property has dangerous species of termites nearby that could potentially damage your home.

Bait is the substance with a chemical/ poison (poison to termites only) that is made up with water and is fed to and added to the monitor (via Extender Pod) once termites are within. Bait is a food product and spoils once made up with water unless it is being eaten by termites. Bait is never added to anything that doesn’t have active termites.

The TermiteMansion™ with Extender Pod is designed for long term baiting to achieve colony elimination.

Australian Standards recognises the distinct difference between baiting (feeding with Treatment Pod plus QueenKiller™ plus water) a termite active house directly and proactively protecting that home with monitors (TermiteMansion™) for future attack. Once a house is being eaten and attacked by termites, bait (Using Treatment Pod plus QueenKiller™ plus water) needs to be applied directly to the activity.

Chlorfluazuron, the active in QueenKiller™ Termite Bait DIY has continually been shown in scientific studies to be the most effective of the benzoyphenylurea chitin synthesis inhibitors in reliability and speed of colony destruction.

1. QUEENKILLER TERMITE BAIT DIY WITH TREATMENT POD

The FIRST method of using QueenKiller™ is when you have termites in a solid timber structure that is firmly attached to the ground (like your home). When termites are found in a structure it is extremely important to not disturb them or use any chemicals on them prior to using QueenKiller™.

PREPARING TREATMENT POD WITH QUEENKILLER™

1. Treatment Pod (larger sachet), Polystyrene Block, Straw, Double-Sided Patch, Foil Tape and QueenKiller™ sachets by three 3 comes in sealed bag with label. If you are a smoker or have recently been exposed to any chemicals use disposable gloves when handling Treatment Pod. Unfold and Expand Pod. Place Polystyrene Block inside Treatment Pod.
2. Pour 200ml of clean filtered water into one QueenKiller™ smaller sachet by opening the zip lock seal.
3. Reseal zip lock and shake and knead contents until even, lumpy consistency is achieved.
4. Do not use water that has been chlorinated or contaminated in any way.
5. Open QueenKiller™ plus water sachet again and tip contents into Treatment Pod (via zip lock) on top of polystyrene block.
6. It is extremely important that the zip lock closure of Treatment Pod is completely closed and locked after each inspection and after adding more bait.

INSTALLING TREATMENT POD ON TIMBER STRUCTURE

In this method the Treatment Pod with QueenKiller™ (with water) is attached directly to active termites within timber via the Straw, Double-Sided Patch and Foil Tape.
A small hole (7mm) with pen knife is made into termite active timber (avoid using power drill as vibration can alarm termites). Try to choose area that is visibly damaged but not so thin that will not allow hole to be made without collapse or won’t support sachet to be attached.
Only continue if termites visible (If no termites cover with gaffer tape and find new location). A torch will help see termites in hole.
1. Insert straw snuggly into hole. Remove one side of protective cover of double-sided patch and place over straw sticking to timber. Remove other side of protective cover of double sided patch.
2. Holding Treatment Pod firmly by the polystyrene block within pod through foil with one hand, pierce pod with screwdriver (or similar) with other hand. Cut hole made to 7mm hole with sharp scissors (just large enough to enable Treatment Pod to fit comfortably over straw). If installing on vertical surface make hole in lower half of side of pod, if installing on horizontal surface make hole in flat base of pod.
3. Align hole in Treatment Pod with straw in active timber and carefully place pod over straw and push until pod and patch join together. Still holding pod (second person and second pair of hands is beneficial now), add foil tape to firmly attach/seal pod to surrounds.
4. Install Treatment Pod plus QueenKiller™ plus water with the zip lock at upper most position for easy addition of more QueenKiller™ plus water.

Screws may help secure Treatment Pod to timber via bottom gusset.
NOTE: many surfaces will not allow good attachment of tape, once tape applied you may require some screws to hold tape in place. Using a cartridge of an acrylic adhesive/ gap filler (‘No-More-Gaps’) to apply generous filling between Pod and timber will guarantee a complete seal around the
outside of the join once Pod is firmly attached.

ON-GOING BAITING OF TIMBER STRUCTURE WITH TREATMENT POD

Each 3 Sachets of QueenKiller™ is sold with one Treatment Pod which is sealed to activity within active timber. Further QueenKiller™ plus water sachets are emptied into the Treatment Pod after termite feeding has removed QueenKiller™ plus water from Pod. Only one place of feeding is required or desirable for colony elimination. Keep extra Treatment Pods if later required.
NOTE: At every new feeding location some bait is used by termites to protect entry point and therefore not consumed. Therefore it is faster and more economical to have consumption by colony at fewer feeding locations. DO NOT HAVE TREATMENT PODS ANY CLOSER THAN 5M FROM ANOTHER TREATMENT POD.
NOTE: Always attach Treatment Pod to activity within a structure at furthest practical point from ground entry. However the ease of opening should be a priority, therefore do not put where opening is difficult to access.
1. Treatment Pod plus QueenKiller™ plus water should be inspected every 10 to 28 days with the more frequent inspections occurring during the initial stages of termite feeding.
2. Although Treatment Pod is light resistant, when installed in direct light it is a good idea to also cover between visits with aluminium foil. In particularly hot environments a moistened cloth may be draped over Treatment Pod to keep cool. In addition the Pod may require additional protection from wild life/ pets.
3. If termite consumption has not commenced within pod after 10 days, open the zip lock and from inside the sachet (using long sterile screw driver) find the straw and hole into workings and dislodge straw and pierce hole into termite workings. If consumption has still not commenced after 4 weeks the bait will have started to deteriorate and a new activity point with a new Treatment Pod should be tried.
4. Allow all (or most) of first QueenKiller™ plus water sachet of bait to be eaten before adding contents of second QueenKiller™ plus water sachet to pod.
5. Continue to add contents of additional QueenKiller™ plus water sachet to pod as previous sachet consumed BUT as consumption slows increase days to inspection (i.e. if more than half contents remains, double time to 20 days).
6. When worker termite numbers start to decline (Queen has died) continue to add new clean bait which will allow an observation of when activity has ceased between visits and even when no termites are observed and it is expected that colony elimination has occurred, add clean bait and re-inspect in 4 weeks. If only soldier termites are seen, all workers may have died and soldiers will not last long without workers feeding them.
7. If still no activity has been observed, and new bait is still clean, leave a further 4 weeks until confirming Colony Elimination.
8. After Colony Elimination has occurred all Treatment Pods can be removed and any repairs to structure can now be made.
Note: Do not over service as continually opening the Treatment Pod will slow feeding. Do not use more than one Treatment Pod at a time in area of activity. Even when 2 or 3 Treatment Pods are used in a home in different areas (never closer than 5m apart), one is usually eaten in preference to others. On average anywhere from 6 to 12 QueenKiller™ sachets is required by colony until elimination of the whole colony and queen (more may be required in particularly large colonies or when multiple feeding points are used).

2. QUEENKILLER TERMITE BAIT DIY WITH EXTENDER POD

The SECOND method of using QueenKiller™ Termite Bait DIY is when you have termites in the TermiteMansion™.

1. In this method after termites are found, the lid is temporarily (lightly) returned to top of TermiteMansion™ (but not forced down) until QueenKiller™ is made up with water.
2. Pour 200ml of clean filtered water into one QueenKiller™ sachet by opening the zip lock seal. Reseal zip lock and shake and knead contents until even, lumpy consistency is achieved.
3. Open Extender Pod from packaging and place Polystyrene Block into Pod. Remove TermiteMansion™ Lid again and place into Extender Pod with any termites still in lid. Tip contents of QueenKiller™ plus water sachet into TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod (via zip lock) on top of polystyrene block and TermiteMansion™ Lid. It is extremely important that the zip lock closure of TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod is completely closed and locked after each inspection and after adding more bait.
4. TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod is pushed firmly onto the rim of TermiteMansion™. For additional security it is a good idea to run some tape over the join between TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod and TermiteMansion™. Plastic Electrical Tape is the best for this or tape supplied can be used. Tape remains in place till Colony Elimination has occurred.

ON-GOING BAITING OF TERMITEMANSION™ WITH EXTENDER POD

1. TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod plus QueenKiller™ plus water should be inspected via Zip Lock Closure every 10 to 14 days.
2. Although TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod is light resistant, when installed in direct light it is a good idea to also cover between visits with aluminium foil. In particularly hot environments a moistened cloth may be draped over TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod to keep cool. In addition the Pod may require additional protection from wild life/ pets (an upturned bucket with weight or similar may aid).
3. Allow all (or most) of contents of first QueenKiller™ plus water sachet of bait to be eaten before adding contents of second QueenKiller™ plus water sachet to pod. Continue to add contents of QueenKiller™ plus water sachet to pod as consumed BUT as consumption slows increase days to inspection (i.e. if more than half contents remains, double time to 20 days). It is better to allow complete removal of QueenKiller™ plus water sachet of bait by termites than top up before most has been consumed.
4. When worker termite numbers start to decline (Queen has died) continue to add new clean QueenKiller termite bait diy which will allow an observation of when activity has ceased between visits and even when no termites are observed and it is expected that colony elimination has occurred, add clean bait and re-inspect in 4 weeks. If only soldier termites are seen, all workers may have died and soldiers will not last long without workers feeding them.
5. If still no activity has been observed, and new bait is still clean, leave a further 4 weeks until confirming Colony Elimination
6. When using TermiteMansion™ Extender Pod and the colony has been eliminated, the Pod is disposed of, and the TermiteMansion™ V10 Base needs to be replaced with new one or recycled with new parts and moved to a slightly different position. These monitors are returned to their monitoring condition. Return to normal (3 monthly) inspection intervals.