Apart from the things that look too-good-to-be-true, like weird ultrasonic and electronic termite repellers, just about any termite product you’re offered that has some sort of government approval or label is capable of doing the job. Trouble is that each product has situations that suit its use and usually also some situations where it isn’t the best choice.
So how do you choose which product to use to keep termites at bay? The easiest way is to ask your technician. For termites, nothing beats local knowledge. Your climate, your species and the way houses are locally built, even land-use history, all have a major impact on what’s the best management option. So, you can spend a lot of time online researching all the options or you can spend a bit of time getting a background and then ask your technician.
Don’t just look at which works best and is cheapest. Look at safety and environmental toxicity as well. Some chemical products will have off-target impacts. Some termiticides don’t last well and others last too long, becoming persistent environmental pollutants.
It is so easy to make mistakes and think you have control when you really don’t, As you explore the options, just remember “Don’t do this at home”. DIY management of termite infestations can be very risky but in saying that’ there’s lots you can do to lower risks and also to monitor for termite activity. You might even put in your own baits and call the technician back when you have activity.