Apr 08, 2015 - 07:02 AM
Hex Pro Termite Baiting system is the originaly Sentricon Classic system. It's just a different color than Sentricon. Sentricon is green, Hex Pro is gray. The manufacturer did this so that it could sell the system to professionals and also to non-professionals. It's essentially the same system. Hex Pro uses a termite bait cartridge called "Shatter". Sentricon is only available from an authorized licensed installer. There are only a few Sentricon Installers Nationwide because of the authorization agreement they have to get into with the manufacturer. You can purchase Hex Pro for yourself.
Advance Termite Baiting System is also used by professionals, although not nearly as popular as Sentricon or Hex Pro. Most pros use this system because they are not under contract with the manufacturer and have the freedom to do as they please. They basically just purchase it from a distributor like us, and install it. Advance uses a "Compressed" Termite Bait Cartridge. The Advance Stations are larger than Hex Pro, and they lid is hard to remove. The hole that has to be dug for installation is also quite larger, around 4 -6 inches.
Both of these systems require regular inspections every 30 days. The plus side is that you only have to replace the bait or the wood as it is eaten by the termites. Replacement parts, baits, etc are all available from us.
Terminate Termite Stakes are an over the counter Termite Bait that has been around since the late 1990's. It has a new active ingredient this year from a killing agent to a chitin Inhibitor. It basically works the same way that Hex Pro and Advance work. The difference is that Terminate Stakes are a sealed station, with a cardboard insert. This cardboard contains the Chitin Inhibitor. Each Terminate Stake only has .25 oz of Chitin Inhibitor per station, compared to 1.2 per cartridge for Shatter and roughly the same for Advance Termite Bait II. So basically it takes 5 Terminate Stakes to equal 1 Shatter Cartridge.
The big downside to using Terminate Stakes, is that the cardboard can get wet and disintegrate in a short period of time. When this happens, the entire station has to be replaced. The upside is that when the cardboard disintegrates, a little flag pops out of the top of the station indicating that it needs replacement. This red flag is supposed to alert to termite activity, but it can work either way.
Firstline, Smartdisk, SecureChoice and HomeChoice termite baits are no longer available.
The bottom line? We are a Sentricon Installer. It's my favorite Termite Bait system of all. If you want to do it yourself, then Hex Pro is the answer.