Thursday, April 7, 2011

How does baiting system work on ants and termites?

In late modern century, people are talking about baiting system most of the time. But, how much do you actually know about baiting system? Does baiting system that powerful or just because the sales rep is trying to push hard on their product?

In my blog, I will not comment much either baiting system is better or conventional method will do a better treat to the pest but, I will let my readers to understand more on how does each method works. Today blog will be about, "How does baiting system work on ants and termites?"

Have you ever heard the word trophallaxis? Trophallaxis is the behaviour from the social insects which make the baiting system successful in the whole process. Without trophallaxis, baiting system is failed for social insects. So, what type of insects are categorised as social insects? Insects like ants, termites, bees and wasps are falled under this category.

Trophallaxis in Asian-Australian weaver ant O. smaragdina, Thailand (The above photo does not belong to Carron Lee. It is an extract photo from

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Trophallaxis is actually a transfer food or fluid process among social insects from mouth to mouth or from mouth to anus. The foraging workers of the ants cannot digest solid food. Therefore, most of the time, we will see these foraging workers will be busy carrying all the particles on the floor (food debris, sugar and etc) back to their nest. They will feed their larvae in their colony who will digest the solid food and regurgitate the food contents (now a liquid form) back to adult ants. Hence, the ants will be sharing and feeding the food to the other member in the ants colony. This is the trophallaxis from mouth to anus with the help of larvae to digest their food.

You may click the below link to see trophallaxis from mouth to mouth. Very beautifully captured.

Termites are classified as social insects too. Most of the time, when you see termites trails, you actually can see their workers and soldiers. Soldiers are basically meant to protect their nest when danger or disturbance from human was found and workers are basically responsible in foraging food for the rest of their members. Same like ants, the workers of termites will actually bring back their food to be digested by their nymphs and anus trophallaxis will transform.

(This photo does not belong to Carron Lee. It is Copyright 2010 of David Almguist and an extract from internet)

The above photo shows oral trophallaxis where the termites are actually sharing nutrients among each other.

I hope by the above explanations, by now you will have a better understanding on how does the baiting system works on ants and termites. It's actually the trophallaxis system which exist in these social insects.

My next topic which I will be posting will be how does baiting system work on cockroaches. So, follow me on blog, facebook and twitter.


  1. I love this blog because now I know that they are not kissing i thought before that it's part of their love making but it's part of baiting system, but aside from this I'm also looking forward for Termite Baiting Systems Queens NY.

  2. Termite baiting is better than any other technique used for controlling termite infestation. Many thanks for describing termite baiting system.

  3. Md. Arifuzzaman Faysal. You are welcome.=)