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Sylvia from Peckville, Pa writes,

Does one need to wait for a lot of activity before placing Cartridge II in and why?

I can visually see termite activity in two of my bait systems and have placed the Cartridge II in them. However, am concerned--should I placed the Cartridge II in the 8 remaining ones--even though I do not see activity like the others??? Also, approximately how long will a cartridge last with active colony?


When using the Advance Termite Bait System you would place all stations with the wood base and monitoring and inspection cartridge in the ground from the start. Once you start to see activity in a station during your quarterly checks, you will look to see how many of the discs in the inspection cartridge have been eaten. You should be able to see what looks like 3 discs through the clear sides of the inspection cartridge, and you should only take that cartridge out and replace it with the bait cartridge in when at least 1.5 to 2 discs have been eaten. This is to ensure that the termites are fully hitting those stations as their primary food source. Once they have eaten those discs, you will remove the inspection cartridge, replace it with the bait cartridge, and leave it alone until the termite colony has been eliminated, which can take roughly 90 days. You will ONLY put the bait cartridge in the stations that have activity, not in stations that have no activity or very little. If after 90 days there is still activity in the stations or the cartridge is empty, then you can put another bait cartridge in that station. Once the colony is eliminated you will replace them with a new inspection cartridge. 

Answer last updated on: 01/01/2015

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