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Should I use Termite Chemicals or Bait Stations?

 

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. BoraCare (Borate)- 1 gallon

    Boracare is an odorless liquid borate based insecticide-termiticide-fungicide that diffuses deeply into wood. BoraCare is a liquid borate in a glycol solution, allowing a deeper penetration than another borate such as Timbor. BoraCare will last for the life of the wood, so retreatment is not necessary.

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  2. Bora Care Commercial

    Out of stock

    Bora-Care Commercial may be applied to all concrete, wood, steel and other building materials. What makes it different from Nisus's Bora-Care is that it may be applied to the first 2 feet of a structure of all concrete, wood, steel and other building materials. The original Bora-Care can only be applied directly to wood.

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  3. BoraCare + Mold Care

    BoraCare with Mold Care combines Boracare with Moldcare.It protects the surface, killing all forms of fungi (including mold) BoraCare with MoldCare also disenfects and sanitizes the treated areas.When used together,  Bora-Care with Mold-Care create a highly effective, residual solution to insects and mold.  As a 
    borate-based wood preservative, Boracare renders treated wood impervious to termites and other wood destroying insects, as well as wood decay fungi. It actually penetrates into the wood where it delivers residual protection for years.
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  4. Permethrin SFR Insecticide  36.8 %- 1.25 container

    Starting at: $33.06

    Martin's Permethrin SFR Insecticide 36.8 yields 20-40 gallons per qt. Permethrin SFR Insecticide 36.8 % contains a high percentage of permethrin. Permethrin is a pyrethroid. It is a synthetic chemical similar to the natural insecticide pyrethrum which comes from the chrysanthemum plant, but it remains effective for longer periods of time Learn More
  5. Phantom Termiticide/Insecticide - 21 oz.

    Phantom Termiticide- Insecticide is an non repellent insecticide (Termites, ants and roaches don't know it is there!) For use in: indoors and outdoors

    Phantom has the ability to kill pests that have not come in contact with the treated area. This mode of action is called "secondary kill", one insect exposes other insects to the insecticide. Exposure occurs by contact, grooming and food exchange.

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  6. Premise 2 - (240 ml/8.12 oz)

    Premise 2 , Imidacloprid..............21.4% Premise 2 is a non repellent termiticide and insecticide.
     Yields 15-30 gallons for insect and termite control

    Compare Premise 2 to Dominion 2L -Yields 50-100 gallons
    Can't be shipped to to AK. CT, MA, NY

    Packaging: 240 ml (8.12 oz) bottles
    Each bottle yields 15-30 gallons
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  7. adonis 75 wps
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    Out of stock

    The Adonis 75 WSP has been discontinued. As an alternative, we suggest, Quali-Pro's Imidacloprid 75 WSB.

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  8. Tim-Bor Insecticide

    Starting at: $15.65

    Tim-Bor Professional's active ingredient, 98% Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate has no known insect resistance. It may used as as a liquid, foam or dust, and provides long term protection against insects(drywood and subterranean termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants and decaying fungi.

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  9. Arilon Insecticide Packets- 5 x 0.33 ounce pouches

    Out of stock

    Arilon Insecticide is discontinued, as an alternate, go to Advion WDG

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  10. Tandem Insecticide

    Starting at: $125.50

    Tandem Insecticide combines two powerful active ingredients for two modes of action. Tandem Insecticide is formulated with thiamethoxam (neonicotinoid class) and lambda-cyhalothrin (pyrethroid family). These two active ingredients not only give you a quick kill, but provide a residual for long term control. This new product by Syngenta is also formulated with a patented iCap technology. This a technique that uses multiple sizes of micro capsules that protect the active ingredients from harsh environmental conditions, providing a long term controlled release for up to four months.

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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