Subterranean Termite Control Solutions

See also:
Subterranean Termite Control Solutions
Drywood Termite Control Solutions
Drywood Termite Biology

Termites feed slowly so there is no need to panic if they are discovered in one’s home. A few weeks or months may be needed to decide on a course of treatment.

With the knowledge we have here at Epestsolutions, we can make your treatment economical and effective. Please, if you are not sure on how to get the best out of your treatment and protect your home, don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us…we WILL help you.

The following are some of the options available for you to use in you treatment for termites.

Soil Barrier Termiticides

Conventional soil treatments rely on creating a chemical barrier in the soil that is toxic to termites contacting it. Many also have repellent characteristics and termites avoid treated soil. To achieve termite control for long periods of time, termiticides such as Talstar One Insecticide/TermiticideTalstar PL GranuleDemon TC, and Dragnet must be applied as a continuous barrier in the soil next to and under (when possible) the foundation. Talstar One Insecticide/Termiticide, Talstar PL Granule, Demon TC, and Dragnet are also used in pre-construction treatments. Talstar One Insecticide/Termiticide, Talstar PL Granule, Demon TC, and Dragnet are applied in a trench around the foundation or around each pier in a crawlspace to prevent termites from entering the home.

Spot treatment of termites can be achieved using Talstar One Insecticide/TermiticideTalstar PL Granule, Demon TC, and Dragnet, however, a non repellant termiticide such as Premise 2 would provide better results.

 

Treated-Zone Termiticides

Premise 2 is one of the top new termite chemicals used and is non repellant. As termites penetrate the “treated zone,” they contact the Premise 2, which causes delayed mortality and also possibly allows the termites to be overcome by lethal microbes. Furthermore, the Premise 2 is thought to be passed to nestmates through grooming activities and social food exchange (trophallaxis). Control usually is achieved within 3 months. There have been great results achieved when using Premise 2 to spot treat for termites, however, a complete barrier around the foundation will provide the best results.

Baits

Termite SoldierTermite bait technology (Advance Termite Bait or Firstline Termite Bait) uses wood or a cellulose matrix favored by termites that is impregnated with a slow-acting toxic chemical. Termite workers feed upon the bait and transfer it by grooming or trophallaxis to other colony members, eventually reducing or eliminating the entire colony. Termites forage among various food sites, which results in the bait being encountered by many colony members. The toxicant is slow acting because termites tend to avoid sites where sick and dead termites accumulate.

Typically, in-ground stations Firstline Monitors, Advance Termite Monitors, PT-701 are inserted in the soil next to the structure and near known or suspected sites of termite activity. In-ground stations often initially contain untreated wood that serves as a monitoring device. The monitoring wood is replaced with the toxicant (Advance Termite Bait Cartridge, Firstline GT Plus) once termites have been detected feeding on it. In addition, aboveground stations may be installed inside or on the structure in the vicinity of damaged wood and shelter tubes. Aboveground stations (Firstline AG) initially contain bait.

It is very important that bait systems are properly installed and diligently serviced. Monthly inspections of a baiting system usually are necessary, except during inclement winter weather. Successful termite baiting necessitates proper monitoring and maintenance of the stations.

Termite baits (Advance Termite Bait System, Firstline Termite Bait System) are “environmentally-friendly” because they use very small quantities of chemical and decrease the potential for environmental contamination. In addition, Advance Termite Bait and Firstline Termite Bait application causes little disruptive noise and disturbance compared to soil treatments. Advance Termite Bait and Firstline Termite Bait can be used in structures with wells or cisterns, sub-slab heating ducts, and other features that may preclude a soil treatment. Advance Termite Bait and Firstline Termite Bait are often used in sensitive environments.

 

Treated Wood

Bora-Care and Timbor protects wood against termites and wood-decay fungi. Bora-Care or Timbor treatments are primarily used to supplement other termite control measures, because termites are able to attack untreated wood in other areas of the structure. Use Bora-Care or Timbor in situations where wood is in direct contact with soil or exposed to rainfall. Foaming Bora-Care or Timbor in areas that are difficult to treat will protect those areas from termite damage for many years.

Worker, Soldier, and Swarmer Termites

Monica Bird (922 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.


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