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Termite Chemical Insecticide

Termite control products are constantly evolving. The termite product market has changed over the years because the EPA has removed the more dangerous termiticides from the market. Today’s best termiticides belong to a group of chemicals called non-repellent insecticides. The non-repellents are effective because termites cannot detect them. Termites crawl through the chemical without realizing it and track the chemical back to their nest where it will kill the entire colony including the queen. The most widely used termite chemicals are Taurus SC, Termidor SC, Adonis 75 WSP, Dominion 2L, Tandem, and Altriset. We prefer the fipronil based products Taurus SC and Termidor SC. If you are treating large structures or multiple homes, you may want to look at our B&G Termite Tools

Termite Bait Stations

Similar to liquid termite insecticides, termite bait systems are changing and improving every year. Our top recommendation for baiting termites is the Advanced Termite Bait System. If you don't currently see signs of termites, bait stations are a good way to detect new infestations.

Most people discover that they have termites in one of these ways: Do you have termites?

For additional termite help: Call 1-800-476-3368 and ask for Walt or Ken
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  1. Advance Termite Bait System Trelona Kits

    Starting at: $253.40

    Advance Termite Bait System Pro Kits-With Trelona Bait

    The Advance Termite Bait System with Trelona is the latest advancement in termite bait technology via a dual-stage process that features an ultra-low disturbance design to pattern termite's natural feeding behavior, leading to enhanced colony elimination.

    We carry the Advance Termite System in individual components or kit. Each basic kit contains Termite Bait Stations, one spider tool to open the stations, and Trelona Compressed Termite Bait. One option has Taurus SC added to the packaging.

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  2. Trelona ATBS Home Monitoring Kit
    $265.00

    The Trelona Bait System (ATBS-Advance Termite Bait System) has replaced the older Advance System with Difubenzuron, with its newer Trelona Bait with Novaluron. Novaluron provides faster termite elimination, using less bait. Novaluron is a chitin inhibitor. Novaluron stops the termite from molting (an essential process for growth). It is designed to suppress or eliminate termite colonies. It does not exclude termites from buildings.

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  3. FUSE Foam

    FUSE Foam is a ready to use foam that combines two active non-repellent active ingredients,(Fipronil 0.005% and Imidacloprid 0.025%) for direct injection in listed areas where termites, ants, and listed pests have infested. FUSE Foam is an expanding foam with a 30:1 expansion ratio to foam into ant and termite nests and galleries and structural voids. When sprayed, FUSE Foam expands with an expansion ratio of 30:1, uses one oz of product in approximately 5 seconds producing about 1 quart of foam.

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  4. Taurus SC 20 oz

    Starting at: $43.50

    Taurus SC Insecticide and Termiticide with 9.1 % Fipronil has the same active ingredient and label as the well known Termidor SC. Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide labeled for termite treatments and home perimeter treatments. Since Taurus is a non-repellent, the insects do not know it is there, so they don't make attempts to avoid it. They will cross over it, and consume or spread Taurus SC throughout the entire colony. It is a water-based suspension concentrate for pre and post-construction termite applications, and to control perimeter pests.

    Taurus SC will exterminate termite colonies in a little as 3 months on average. As an ant control product it is proven to be a very effective ant killer working in just a couple of weeks.

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  5. Premise Foam - Bayer

    Premise Foam is a ready-to-use foam termiticide insecticide in an 18-oz can which will treat about 1,000 cubic inches. Premise Foam is a non-repellent insecticide available in an instant, portable application.

    Premise Foam in a can is the latest innovation from Bayer Environmental Science. It's a simple and unique way to deliver foam that will change the way termites and ants are controlled.

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  6. Termidor SC (Fipronil 9.1%)- 20 oz

    Termidor SC , a non-repellent with Fipronil 9.1% has been used for years as an effective termite control product. For an more economical non-repellent Fipronil 9.1% look at the new Taurus SC. Termidor SC and Taurus SC are classified as non repellent for termites and ants. The termites and ants can't detect their presence. Termidor SC 20 oz. makes about 24 gallons. Taurus SC makes about 25 gallons. Get 100% termite-free in as little as 3 months .
    Termidor and Taurus SC active Ingredients:
    Fipronil..........9. Learn More

  7. alpine ant and termite foam

    In wall voids and localized termite infestations, Alpine Ant &Termite Foam is an excellent product to combine with other non-repellents like Taurus SC.

    Alpine Foam cannot be detected by insects (non-repellent) and gets transfered throughout, allowing the insecticide to spread quickly throughout the entire colony. Alpine Foam is a safer insecticide, being part of a line of reduced-risk insecticides which contain Dinotefuran. With Alpine Foam you can treat subterranean and drywood termites, including termite swarm sites and localized termite infestations in wall voids and other areas.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  8. Termidor Dry

    Starting at: $75.50

    Termidor Dry- Microllose

    Termidor Dry is a ready to use termite bait product that contains a patented bait matrix called, Microllose, by BASF. This purified microcrystalline cellulose bait is very tempting to the termites and termites are inticed to eat it and share it with its colony. As they transfer the bait to the colony, the termite colony is eliminated. Termites find this bait even more appetizing than wood as a food source. It is formulated with 0.5% Fipronil as it's active ingredient to kill termites. As with Termidor SC and Taurus SC, with Fipronil. Termidor Dry is a non-repellent; termites can not detect it in order to avoid it.

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  9. PenaShield

    Starting at: $46.00

    PenaShield is a ready to use formulation with Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate, just like Boracare. Penashield is a termiticide and wood preservative in a patented penetrant ready- to use mixture.

    Use a hand pump sprayer to apply Penashield to all structural wood and any other building material surfaces, which can include concrete, block walls, plumbing pipes, OSB, plywood and sheet rock.

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  10. FUSE Termiticide & Insecticide -27.5 oz

    Starting at: $39.90

    FUSE insecticide/termiticide uses a combination of active ingredients with various modes of action for an unique and effective product. This combined chemistry by Control Solutions uses two non-repellents, imidacloprid and fipronil for very effective termite and perimeter pest control applications. It not only controls termites and ants, but a number of outside perimeter pests.

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Do You Have Termites?

If you find termites, the first thing to do is breathe. It's an insect problem, not the end of the world. The next thing to do is to inspect the home to see if you can find the termite activity.

How To Inspect For Termites

You'll need a few tools to help you inspect the home:

  • A good flashlight
  • A medium sized screwdriver

Remember that subterranean termites live in the soil, not in the wood. Therefore, termite damage is usually not noticed on the surface of the wood. There are not any telltale holes in the wood or sawdust to piled up to give away their location. They eat the wood so they would never waste it that way. In fact, the wood they damage in most cases appears perfectly normal.

Termite Signs

  • Mud Tubes found on the foundation or the inside walls
  • Bubbling or blistering paint over damaged wood or drywall
  • Finding winged termites called swarmers or their cast skins (most likely after a warm spring rain)
  • Damage is found while performing structural repairs or renovations

 

 

Searching For Termite Damage

Since subterranean termites live in the soil, their damage will most likely be found on wood located close to the ground. Start your search on the outside of the home near the soil. Don't skip any sections even if they are hidden by bushes and shrubs. This is often the most desirable place for them to enter due to shelter from the sun and limited air movement behind the vegetation.

If you have a crawlspace, you’ll need to go there and inspect in the same manner. This is where you'll need that good flashlight we talked about earlier. Be sure to look at the lowest boards to the ground and tap and probe them every several feet. Basements can be inspected in this same way. If you are in a basement with a drop ceiling, you will need a ladder to reach and inspect floor joists.

 

 

Termite Damage or Water Damage?

Lightly tap any wood with the handle of your screwdriver. Does it sound solid? If not, poke the wood with the blade of the screwdriver. If it feels spongy of soft, investigate a little more. If the wood is spongy or soft, but there is no wood missing then it is probably water damage. The moisture problem should be corrected as soon as possible because it will attract termites.

If you find the wood missing and the tunnels follow the grain of the wood, you may have either termites or carpenter ants.

 

 

Termites or Carpenter Ants?

Termites will carry mud into the hollowed out tunnels which makes it quite messy and dirty looking. Carpenter ants' tunnels will be clean and neat almost as if they had been sanded smooth.

By Ken Martin