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Bug Lady posted this on Oct 12, 2016

Firstline Termite Monitor General Installation Guidelines

The Firstline Termite Monitor system is a easy to install and maintain termite control system.  Can be used for both control and monitoring of termites in your home.  Customers find this easy to apply, they simply need to be placed around the structure you are trying to protect.  Placed in the soil so that the lid is flush with the ground, the station should be tight fitting so do not make the hole to large.  Place every 10 to 15 feet and you will want to avoid any areas that get excessive water or moisture.  So avoid the drip line of the roof, inside or outside placement will work fine.

Check you monitors every month or so, and look for any activity of termites, you should also try and keep the ants out of the structure and ant control will be an important part of maintaining your stations.

Once termites are located in the stations you will want to exchange the insert for the Firstline GT Plus Termite Bait and keep feeding the little fellows till you stop seeing them.  You can sometimes get a hit on a station at opposite ends of the house, but the point is once they find you, keep feeding them.

Usually in early spring it is a good time to think about replacing the insides of the monitors as they will start to breakdown over time and not be so attractive.  So do not be scared about DIY Termite Control, we can walk you through it all and assist you with the purchase, installation and maintenance over years and years.

General Use Directions

The FirstLine termite defense system should be used around structures currently infested with subterranean termites or for the prevention of attack by subterranean termites.  For best results, FMC recommends using the components (listed above) in combination, however FirstLineTM GT Plustermite bait station may be used alone for the control of subterranean termites.  Following a process at each structure, similar to that outlined below, will create good installation and monitoring habits, ensuring consistent treatments.

Inspection of the Structure and Surrounding Areas

Begin by performing a thorough interior and exterior inspection of the structure. Look for the presence of live termites or evidence of termite damage. Draw a detailed diagram of the structure and surrounding property up to approximately 25 feet away from the structure. Document the location(s) of live termites, termite damage and/or conducive conditions that need to be addressed or monitored.

Controlling Termites Around the Structure

Use SMARTDISC Locators and Monitoring Stations and/or FirstLine GT Plus termite bait stationsaround the structure to detect and control termite populations. Use of SummonTM  preferred food source inside or below monitoring stations enhances the efficacy of the FirstLine termite defense system.

Monitoring Station Placement


  • Install approximately every 10 feet around the perimeter of the structure.
  • Adjust the spacing where soil access is restricted.
  • The maximum allowable distance between Monitoring Stations is 20 feet, unless prohibited by structural components (i.e. concrete driveways, etc.).
  • Install approximately 18-24 inches away from the foundation of the structure or 1-2 inches from the roof drip line.
  • Increasing Monitoring Station placements improve the probability of achieving termite hits.
  • Use a SMARTDISC Locator with the Monitoring Station, except when installing Monitoring Stations into hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete. The Defender® unit is not recommended for this type of application.
  • Do not install Monitoring Stations in soil that has been treated with liquid termiticides or other pesticides.
  • Do not install a Monitoring Station in areas prone to soil erosion, or where water can accumulate, such as under downspouts, or in excessively wet areas.

Installation of SMARTDISC Locators and Monitoring Stations

  • Contact your local distributor for proper installation tools to ensure system effectiveness.
  • Using a 2-inch diameter drill bit, drill a 10-inch deep hole.
  • Insert a Monitoring Station through the SMARTDISC Locator and push the SMARTDISC Locator into the soil so that the outside toplip makes full contact with the soil. Adjust the depth of the hole if necessary.
  • When installing in grassy areas, use a cup cutter (or similar tool) to remove the grass and insure good contact between the bottom of the SMARTDISC Locator and the soil.
  • Each SMARTDISC Locator should be identified for tracking purposes. If live termites are found in the immediate perimeter of the structure a FirstLine® GT Plus termite bait station may be placed directly into the infested area following procedures listed below. Use of Summon preferred food source around inside or below FirstLine® GT Plus termite bait station enhances the efficacy of the FirstLine termite defense system.

Controlling Termites In or On the Structure


For optimum control of live termites in or on the structure, use a localized treatment with a liquid termiticide, such as TalstarOneTM Multi-insecticide, or FirstLine termite bait stations (Above Ground). In cases where termites have been found in the soil during installation of the system, a FirstLine GTPlus bait station may be installed, following guidelines below.

Talstar® Professional insecticide

The infested area should be treated approximately 8 feet surrounding the infestation using a localized treatment with a liquid termiticide, such as Talstar Professional. Exceptions for treating all areas of an infestation would be inaccessible areas, such as bath traps, etc. Live termites found in wall voids should be treated with termiticide foam, using a termiticide such as Talstar Professional. Follow all label directions.

FirstLine Termite Bait Stations (Above Ground)

If active mud tubes are discovered inside or outside the structure, attach a FirstLine termite bait station (Above Ground) directly to the broken end of a mud tube to control the termites. Inspect the Bait Stations according to the label directions. An unlimited number of FirstLine termite bait stations (Above Ground) may be used on commercial properties, and up to four may be used at one time on residential structures. Follow all label directions.

Inspection to Confirm Control of the Infestation

Within three months of the initial treatment (or sooner if required by local laws), re-inspection of the structure should be performed to confirm that the infestation has been controlled.


Inspecting the Monitors


Structures With Active Infestations


Check for the presence of termites within one month following installation. If a localized liquid termiticide treatment is used in the initial treatment, re-inspection of the Monitoring Stations may occur within 3 months.


  • If there is no evidence of termite activity, begin inspecting the Monitoring Stations quarterly.  (The wooden monitor may be removed from the Monitoring Station and inspected every three months to confirm or refute termite, fungal or other activity.)
  • If mud tubes or live termites are found, carefully remove the cap and extract the wooden monitor, trying to minimize termite disturbance. If there are live termites present;
    • Remove the Monitoring Station, add a SummonTM disc to the bottom of the hole and install a FirstLine GT Plus termite bait station.
    • Use the same SMARTDISC Locator, and discard the infested Monitoring Station.
    • Use a SummonTM disc with each Bait Station installed.
  • Once a FirstLine GT Plus termite bait station has been introduced, re-inspect every 1 to 3 months.
  • Replace wooden monitors and/or SummonTM discs when fungus or moisture levels would deter termites from feeding.

Structures Without Active Infestations


  • The Monitoring Stations should be checked for the presence of termites within three months of installation.
  • If there is no evidence of termite activity, continue to inspect the Monitoring Stations quarterly.
  • If mud tubes or live termites are found, follow instructions in Structures With Active Infestations above.

Inspection of FirstLine GT Plus Bait Stations


  • Look through the clear cap of the Bait Station for the presence of termites or termite mud. Termites usually fill in the cardboard corrugations with mud when they infest a Bait Station.
  • If there is no indication of termite activity, do not disturb the bait stations; continue to re-inspect every 1 to 3 months.
  • If there is evidence of termite activity, carefully remove the Bait Station from the ground to determine the amount of bait that has been consumed.
    • Add a new Summon(tm) disc to the bottom of the hole.
    • Replace the Bait Station when approximately half of the bait has been consumed.
  • Continue to monitor the Bait Station every 1 to 3 months while there is active feeding.
  • A Bait Station must be replaced at least every 6 month regardless of the level of feeding.
  • When termites have stopped feeding and no activity has been observed for three consecutive months, replace the FirstLine GT Plus bait with a new SmartDisc Locator and Monitor and resume ongoing monitoring as described below.

Inspection Interval Adjustment Due to Climatic Conditions

Since subterranean termites are cold-blooded animals, their foraging and feeding activity is significantly reduced during periods of low temperature. When the temperature falls below a certain level, termites may stop feeding. During these periods of low temperature, inspection intervals for FirstLineTM GT Plus termite bait stations may be altered following the criteria described below.

The temperature at which termite activity substantially declines may vary between different geographic areas and termite species.  In general, when the average daily exterior air temperature is below 50š F, termite activity may be reduced to a point where inspections are not necessary.  If bait stations are inspected and found to be inactive, and the daily average temperatures are below 50š F, inspections of bait stations may be postponed until the average daily temperature exceeds 50š F for 7 consecutive days. Bait stations whose inspections had been postponed because of low temperature must be inspected within 30 days of the resumption of the inspections. Consult a weather database such as the National Weather Service at www.NWS.noaa.gov and use the mean monthly normal minimum daily temperature data for the closest reporting station to construct a written schedule for the inspection of stations during cold weather.

Regardless of temperature, do not allow the FirstLineTM GT Plus termite bait station inspection interval to exceed 6 months.

Ongoing Monitoring

Following one to three months of inactivity in a previously active Bait Station, replace the Bait Station with a brand new Monitoring Station. Continue to inspect the Monitoring Stations quarterly.

A thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of the structure should be performed at least annually. If live termites are discovered, they can be treated with a liquid termiticide, such as Talstar Professional. If an active mud tube is found, it can be treated with FirstLine® termite bait stations (Above Ground) or Talstar Professional to achieve control.

Need more information on termite?  Go to Solutionsstores.com or email is at askapro@solutionsstores.com

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