Treating Termites In The Soil
Despite what some companies may tell you, treating your home for termites can be a complex and difficult task and is not an easy do-it-yourself project but could save you a lot of money in the end.
The general guidelines below may help you decide if it is a project that you want to tackle. Each situation is different; you may contact us for assistance. We have licensed professionals on staff with many, many years of hands on termite treating experience to assist you. If you are treating large structures or multiple homes, you may want to look at our B&G Termite Tools
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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.Learn More
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Dominion PT with 42.3% imidacloprid (four pounds per gallon) is a formulation for pre-construction termite treatments. Dominion PT is a non-repellent chemical, so the termites do not know it is there. A non-repellent formula for termite treatments in the soil is the best option for subterranean termites, drywood termites, dampwood termites, carpenter ants, and other wood infesting termites. A repellent chemical will repel and scatter the termites; the termites will look for another path.Learn More
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Premise Pre-Construction Insecticide is a non-repellent insecticide. It places a protective treated zone between the wood in your home and termites. Bayer's Premise Pre-Construction binds to the soil and will not wash away along with its non-repellent features. As a non-repellent insecticide, the termites can not detect its presence.Learn More
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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
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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.Learn More
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XT - 2000 Orange Oil Plus with 95.0% d-Limonene is an alternative green option for the primary treatment of structural destroying insects. It is part of an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) practice that minimizes the use of pesticides.It treats drywood termites, wood boring beetles and carpenter ants*.Learn More
$179.95Altriset Termiticide (a non-repellent termiticide ) stops termite feeding within hours and provides termite elimination for long- term structural protection according to laboratory and field study results . The active ingredient chlorantraniliprole in Altriset is a a new class of chemistry featuring a number of "green" characteristics .Altriset termite chemical offers an excellent toxicological and environmental profile. In addition to requiring no signal word on the label, DuPont's Altriset is the first and only liquid termiticide to be classified as reduced-risk under the U.S. EPA reduced-risk program.
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Yields: 100 gallons of finished solution
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Active ingredient in Dominion 2L is Imidacloprid 21.4 which is a neonicotinoid, which is a class of neuro-active insecticides modeled after nicotine.
Dominion 2L Insecticide (Imidacloprid 21.4)
Dominion 2L is one of the most versatile, effective, and economical insecticides on the market. Dominion 2L contains imidacloprid which is a non-repellent. We have recommended it for years against termites and ants, and it continues to prove effective. Ants and termites can't detect the Dominion 2L Insecticide, so they crawl through it, and unknowingly track it back to the nest. Once there it eliminates the entire colony. For termite control, an average house would need 100 gallon yield, using 4 gallons per 10 linear feet. The exterior perimeter label of Dominion 2L which allows you to focus your treatments where termite infestations are most likely to occur .Learn More
Starting at: $51.25Cyper TC (compare to Demon TC),active ing: cypermethrin 25.3%. Cyper TC is a residual insecticide and odorless. Cyper TC provides 5-7 years of termite protection.Works outdoors for termites and other insects.
Packaging: 1 Gallon
Yields: 96 gallons of finished product.Learn More
Starting at: $18.08Many customers use Bifen IT for mosquito control in their backyards. Mosquitoes feed on plant juices. You find them on the leaves of plants, bushes, and trees. Try to spray the underside of the leaves. Remember that Bifen IT is non-selective and will kill the good guys such as bees and butterflies so avoid spraying any flowering parts because that is where the bees go. We need to save the bees!!! The 3/4 gal size is the best value, but consider the one gal container because it has a tip and measurement device. The tip and measure makes life easier when mixing. Learn More
General Guidelines For Treating Termites In Soil
(Here are some questions to answer before you begin treating for termites with liquid termiticides.)
1. What type of foundation do you have? Do you have slab, basement, crawlspace or some combination of these three?
- If it is a slab, is it a floating slab, supported slab, or a monolithic slab?
- If it is a basement or crawl space, is the foundation wall made of cinder blocks or poured concrete?
2. Do you want to treat the entire structure or just a spot treatment in the area where the termites are active?
3. Where are your plumbing and utility lines? Call 811 BEFORE YOU DIG and they will come to your house and mark your utility lines FOR FREE! Let me say right here,"Don't skip this step !"
Exterior Treatment In All Types Of Foundations - Slabs, Crawlspace and Basements
So let’s start with the outside of the structure. Begin by digging a small trench against the foundation. Six inches wide and six inches deep is the most commonly suggested size but don't get too wrapped up in the size of the trench. It only serves to contain the chemical against the foundation. If the trench doesn’t allow any runoff, then it is sufficient.
Once the trench has been dug, dilute the termiticide as per label directions and apply four gallons of the diluted liquid per 10 feet of trench per foot of depth.
Consideration of Depth Per Foot And Rate Of Application
The last part, per foot of depth is important and is often overlooked. It is not a factor if you are treating a slab but can be very important if you are treating a basement or crawl space. If your footing is two feet below the soil it will require 4 gallons X 2 (8 gallons per 10 feet.).
Here is a helpful chart for depths per foot and gallons required:
If the depth of the footing is:
- 1 foot (or less), use 4 gallons per 10 feet
- 2 feet, use 8 gallons per 10 feet
- 3 feet, use 12 gallons per 10 feet
- 4 feet or more, use 16 gallons per 10 feet
Treat A Continuous Band Of Chemical In The Soil Against The Foundation Of The Structure
I suggest blocking or damming the trench with dirt at 10 foot intervals. This creates a series of 10 foot sections and keeps the chemical contained. Now mix four gallons of chemical in a five gallon bucket and pour the appropriate number of gallons into one of the 10 foot sections. Cover it with dirt and move to the next 10 foot section. Repeat this process until all of the trench sections have been treated.
How To Treat Around Patios, Porches and Attached Garages and Drilling
When treating with a liquid termiticide, you are attempting to create a continuous band of chemical in the soil against the foundation of the structure. Sounds easy, but patios, porches, and attached garages serve as obstacles that keep you from getting to the soil against the foundation in order to treat it for termites. The termite chemical needs to be applied to the soil against the foundation under these attached slabs.
The solution to this dilemma is a rotary hammer drill. You can rent a heavy duty rotary hammer drill at most tool rental outlets. Drill ½ inch diameter holes through the concrete until you reach the soil. Space the holes no farther apart than 12 inches and about two to three inches from the foundation. The slab may only be four to six inches thick, but I suggest using an 18 inch drill bit so that you can stand upright while you drill. Your back will thank you!
Remember, you are not drilling deep into the soil. Once you break through the concrete and reach the soil, you have drilled deep enough. The goal is to get the termite chemical to spread from side to side until it overlaps. Apply the termite chemical to the soil under the slabs by using a funnel or a sprayer. Keep in mind that soils are different and the liquid chemical will soak in very quickly in some soils and very slowly in others.
The rate of application is still four gallons of chemical per 10 feet. If your holes are a foot apart, then you'll apply 0.4 gallons (just under ½ gallon) per hole. If the soil is loose and accepts the chemical well, you can place a funnel in the hole and just pour in 0.4 gallons. Once the chemical soaks in, repeat this process for each hole. If the chemical backs up into the funnel, it can be messy and you will need to use a sprayer to apply the liquid. This is a little slower method than using a funnel, but it will be much more manageable. A larger volume sprayer such as the Chapin Compressor Charged Industrial Sprayer 3.5 Gallon #1999 will keep you from refilling as frequently. Once you have treated all of the holes it is time to patch them using concrete, mortar mix, or 1/2 inch plugs designed just for this purpose.
By Ken Martin