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Advance Termite Baiting System Instructions

Homeowners Expect More

You should consider offering bait systems for one simple reason: 35% of your prospective homeowners desire and will ultimately purchase baits, due to the benefits they offer over liquids.

Aggressive response

PMPs across the country have reported hits as fast as 15-45 days. It’s control that homeowners can see from a simple design they can understand.

Environmentally-friendly

Families with children and/or pets or anyone chemically sensitive often prefer a low impact approach to termite protection.

Visible protection

Stations remind homeowners daily that you are protecting their homes and they like the peace of mind that comes with your quarterly service inspection.

Long-term

Many homeowners feel ATBS offers better long-term control than liquids, which degrade in the soil over time.

Non-invasive

No drilling required in or around the home, making it far more convenient and adding peace of mind with kids and pets.

You Can Expect More

In addition to a higher level of customer satisfaction, there are many business advantages to offering the Advance Termite Bait System.

Large market segment

Last year, over 35% of homes purchasing termite control chose a bait system over liquid options. Selling ATBS allows you to close sales with a segment of your market that would only purchase a bait system. In addition, you now can treat structures that often times can’t be treated with a liquid effectively or economically, such as commercial buildings.

Close more sales

Consumer research shows that 80% of homeowners prefer having a choice of both bait and liquid treatment options presented. Offering choice with a professional recommendation will enhance your credibility and your close rate with both bait and liquid customers.

Productivity

Technicians can install 4-6 bait systems per day versus one or two liquid-only treatments, increasing your revenue. This fast installation helps avoid lost sales during the busy swarm season.

Cross-sell potential

General pest control offerings can be easily added during your quarterly bait system inspections; increasing the revenue per service visit.

Profitable

Bait systems typically sell for higher installation prices and generally command about twice the renewal price of liquid jobs.

Termites Feed Aggressively Termites Feed Aggressively

Termites aggressively feed on the Advance compressed termite bait containing Puri-Cell and the active ingredient diflubenzuron.

Bait is Replaceable

Bait is Replaceable

After a colony is eliminated, the TBC is replaced with a new TIC. The technician continues to inspect these quarterly to discover any new colonies that might enter the area.

Inspect Stations Quarterly Inspect Stations Quarterly

Stations are inspected quarterly, no matter the status of the station.*

*A 45 day inspection is required on homes with termite activity present when stations are installed.

Advance Termite Bait System

The Advance Termite Bait System delivers the performance and efficiency needs for your business beyond what other termite baits can offer. Developed by research scientists at Whitmire Micro-Gen, the system is:

  • Very low profile and remains flat in relation to the soil surface.
  • Easy to handle and maintain. The Quik-Lock cap design makes opening and closing the station quick and easy. The system utilizes a unique tool called The Spider, made of rugged aluminum, which provides easy opening of the station cap.
  • A termite-friendly station environment that simulates a conducive condition and provides maximum wood-to-soil contact with the Termite Monitoring Base (TMB).
  • Designed with easy-access wood grooves to invite termites into the station. Grooves allow soil to penetrate the interior creating an ideal termite environment.
  • An ultra low disturbance environment offering a dual-stage monitoring system.
  • Created with a unique preferred compressed cellulose tablet known as Puri-Cell. When placed inside the Termite Inspection Cartridge (TIC) it provides a preferred feeding site to keep termites aggressively feeding until the Termite Bait Cartridge (TBC), also containing Puri-Cell, is inserted.
  • Easy to inspect. When termites enter the Termite Inspection Cartridge (TIC) mud is often clearly apparent around the preferred compressed Puri-Cell tablets. At this point, the maximum killing power of the 93 gram Termite Bait Cartridge (TBC) is put in place of the Termite Inspection Cartridge (TIC).
  • The ultimate environment for termites in a design that is technician-friendly.

The Advance Termite Bait System delivers the performance and efficiency needs for your business beyond what other termite baits can offer. Take a closer look at the diagram below to see the features and benefits of this revolutionary bait system.

Advance Termite Bait System

The components of the Advance Termite Bait System

Termite Bait Station (TBS)

  • Ultra low disturbance design means less termite abandonment of the station
  • Dual-stage interior design provides two unique food sources
Advance termite bait station
Compressed Termite Bait II
  • With Tri-Annual Service Label
  • Used during baiting phase
  • Contains124grams compressed Puri-Cell bait matrix with .25% diflubenzuron
  • Containerized for ease of inspection
Compressed termite bait
Termite Inspection Cartridge (TIC)
  • Used during monitoring phase
  • Contains 93 grams Puri-Cell monitoring matrix without active ingredient
  • Quick transfer from wooden termite monitoring base (TMB)
  • Promotes "harder hits"
Termite inspection cartridge
Termite Monitoring Base (TMB)
  • Preferred wood species with horizontal grooves allow easy termite access
  • Designed for maximum wood to soil contact
  • Constructed with 63 grams of wood
  • Used as the aggregation point, where termites enter the station
Termite monitoring base
Puri-Cell™ Compressed Cellulose Tablets
  • Uniquely preferred by termites
  • Orients termites upward in the station
  • When placed inside, the TIC keeps termites aggressively feeding until the TBC, also containing Puri-Cell is inserted
  • Produced from purified cellulose
  • Contains no wood resins, terpenes or lignins
  • Compressed to deliver more bait to the colony
Puri-cell compressed cellulose tablets
Advance Concrete Bait Station (CBS)
  • For use where soil is inaccessible
  • Contains TIC and TMB
  • Cap sold separately
Concrete bait station
Quik-Lock™ Cap
  • Makes opening and closing the station quick and easy
  • Low-profile design for easy servicing
Quik-Lock Cap
Vertical Slots
  • Allow for soil to penetrate the interior
  • Provides maximum wood-to-soil contact
Vertical Slots
The Spider®Station Access Tool
  • Designed to open and close bait station, making a technician's job easier and more productive.
  • Station cover remains on tool during inspection for safety, speed and efficiency
  • Long-handle Spider extension aids in finding stations from a standing position, minimizing back strain.
  • Ergonomic Spider EH features an oversized handle and ergonomic design. It is light weight and made of high density durable plastic. Its rugged construction is proven in field tests and is preferred by technicians over the previous metal style handle. The Spider EH features an enhanced clean-out edge that helps take debris out of the station lid area and the “safety orange” color reduces the likelihood that the tool will be misplaced in the field.
Spider Station Access Tool
Reveal Termite Monitoring System (TMS)

Reveal Termite Monitoring System (TMS) is the premium termite monitor that helps you offer your customers peace of mind – and enhances your termite lead flow with general insect customers. Think of it as a powerful lead generating tool that will help you increase general pest route revenue with customers not currently seeing termite activity but who are concerned about the threat to their home.

Reveal Termite Monitoring System
FastOut CS Foam
  • Microencapsulated Formulation Delivers Fast, Non-Repellent Results
  • Broad, Flexible Label Includes Termites Plus 34 Insects
  • Easy Foam Delivery Makes Treatment Quick and Hassle-Free
FastOut CS Foam

DIRECT BAITING

Placing ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait bait directly into a station is permitted in areas of suspected termite activity. Follow directions for station installation and fill with ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait.

GENERAL USE DIRECTIONS

PRE-CONSTRUCTION USE

ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait can be used for preventative treatment (before signs of infestation) of structures under construction or newly completed (as a substitute for and in lieu of pre-construction soil treatment). Place stations around the outside of the structure only after the final exterior grade is installed (and preferably after landscaping is completed).

POST-CONSTRUCTION USE

ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait can be used for remedial treatment of infested existing structures or for preventative treatment (before signs of infestation) of existing structures.

STATION PREPARATION AND LOCATION SELECTION

To reduce the potential for tampering with and disturbance of stations, points of station installation should be chosen that, where possible, minimize installed station visibility. Areas where barrier type termiticides may have been previously applied, such as within two feet of the foundation wall, should be avoided if possible. Install stations at or near points of known or suspected termite entry into the structure. If a point of accessible ground is not located within ten feet of a point of known termite entry (due to an intervening hardened construction surface such as a concrete slab), it may be advisable to create an access to the ground through that surface close to the point of known entry and install a station at that access. Install stations at, or preferably within five feet of points of known, probable or suspected termite foraging, and at other critical areas. Such areas may include areas with concentrations of cellulose-containing debris, such as mulch or wood scraps, in contact with the ground, areas of moderate soil moisture, shaded areas, areas containing plant root systems, bath traps, visible termite foraging tubes, etc. Install stations around a structure such that, except where sufficient access to the ground is not available, the maximum interval between any two stations does not exceed twenty feet. If the distance between two points of accessible ground around the structure exceeds thirty feet, it may be advisable to form one or more openings in the surface creating the inaccessibility to facilitate baiting between those points. If the structure has an accessible crawl space, stations can be installed in the crawl space in lieu of or in addition to installing stations around the structure. Stations can be installed within a slab structure at existing or created openings in the slab surface through which ground is accessible and into which the station can be installed in a secure manner.

Once termite activity has occurred at a station and bait consumption has begun, it may be advisable, depending on the rate of bait consumption in that station and nearby stations, to locate one or more supplemental stations in the immediate vicinity of the infested station(s) in order that bait consumption by the colony be maximized.

If termites have not been present in the station for at least approximately sixty days, remove any remaining bait (clean outstation) and replace the monitor (pre-bait). If termites have abandoned the station possibly due to reductions in termite activity related to low temperatures during the period of predicted limited termite activity (see below), it may be advisable to leave the station and bait in place and recheck the station again after the period of predicted limited termite activity has elapsed before removing and replacing the station.

If termites have abandoned the station possibly due to excessive moisture, it may be advisable to remove the saturated bait and re-bait the station with fresh bait at that time or after the excess moisture condition has abated.

If a station, upon repeated inspection, is found to contain excess moisture (water standing at the bottom of the station or cavity, etc.), it may be advisable to relocate the station, if possible, to a nearby area where the soil is better drained or alternately, modify the station location to prevent water from collecting in the station by, for example, creating a sump area under the installed station or at the bottom of the cavity.

STATION INSTALLATION

To install a station, excavate or form a hole in the ground approximately the same size and dimensions as those of the station. Insert the station into the hole. Maximizing contact between the exterior of the station and the earth during installation will increase the probability of termite entrance into the station. If the station is inserted into an opening created through a hardened construction surface (such as a concrete slab, asphalt, etc.), insert station below the surface (in contact with the ground) and seal securely.

INSPECTING A STATION AND PLACING

ADVANCE COMPRESSED TERMITE BAIT

To inspect a station, remove the cover and visually examine the interior for the presence of termites, being careful to minimize disturbance of the termites. If live termites are present in the station, bait with ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait. If it appears that more than 50% of ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait has been consumed, it may be advisable to replenish the bait. If termites are not present, further inspect bait or pre-bait for excessive decay or moisture saturation. Replace excessively decayed bait or pre-bait. Replace the station cover securely.

SCHEDULING OF INSPECTIONS

If termite activity is known to be present in the structure at the time stations are initially installed, inspect all stations two time sat approximately 45 and 90 days after the date of completion of initial station installation. If no termite activity is present in the structure at the time stations are initially installed, inspect all stations for the first time within approximately 90 days after the date of completion of initial station installation. Thereafter, inspect stations within approximately 90 days after the date of the last inspection of the stations.

ADJUSTMENTS TO INSPECTION SCHEDULING

Decreases in elapsed time between inspections of a baited station may be warranted if consumption of all the bait in the station occurs during the interval between any two inspections. Because subterranean termites are cold-blooded (poikilothermic) animals, low temperatures can substantially reduce or stop their activity close to the earth's surface during a certain period of the year.

For this reason, if the temperature falls low enough, termites may cease to feed in stations or the onset of feeding in stations may be delayed until temperatures have recovered above a certain level for a long enough period of time. Reductions in termite activity that are the result of low temperatures may make inspections of stations unnecessary for as long as low temperatures prevail in the area.

The temperature at which termite activity is substantially curtailed may vary significantly between different geographic areas and with different species of termites. However, generally speaking, termite activity will be reduced in the stations during those times of the year during which the average daily mean exterior air temperature is below 50°F. The operator should always make allowances for local circumstances when considering increasing elapsed time between inspections.

Under no circumstances should more than six months elapse between inspections of stations.

Allowing extra time between inspections may not be advisable if stations are located in an area in or under a structure in which the average daily mean air temperature is expected to remain above 50°F and termites are actively consuming bait in the stations.

Inspection intervals must comply with state regulations, where applicable.

The active ingredient in ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait, diflubenzuron, is an insect development inhibitor. When consumed by a termite, diflubenzuron impairs the ability of a termite to molt.

Molting is the process by which termites, at certain points in their development, shed their existing exoskeleton and form a replacement exoskeleton. Termites that attempt to molt after ingesting an amount of this product sufficient to impair their molting process either die or are incapacitated by their inability to complete the molting process.

Insect development inhibitors such as diflubenzuron are characterized as slow acting toxicants, however their action is slow only to the extent that they affect a termite only at the points in its life cycle when it molts.

Because all the termites in a colony do not molt at the same time, the effect of diflubenzuron on the colony as a whole is progressive. This progressive effect is one of the key attributes of diflubenzuron as a termite colony toxicant. Sufficient consumption of ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait by a termite colony can cause a decline in the number of members of the colony. Such a decline, if sustained by continued consumption of this product by the colony, can significantly impair the vitality of the colony.

Further, continued consumption by remaining colony members may ultimately result in the total elimination of the colony. The extent of the decline of the colony, the speed of its decline and the possibility of its elimination depends upon the extent to which ADVANCE Compressed

Termite Bait is made continuously available to a colony for consumptionand the extent to which members of the colony consume it.

Close adherence to the General Use Directions can increase the likelihood of colony elimination, however, conditions or circumstances beyond the control of the user may preventor substantially delay colony elimination. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to, alternate non-bait food sources that reduce the extent to which the colony depends on

ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait as a food source, excess moisture, low or high

temperatures or abandonment of feeding on the bait by the colony. Because termites cannot be attracted, they must instead find the station as they randomly forage for food. This product affects termite colonies only if they consume it. Pre-baiting is a process by which termite activity is established at a location prior to the application of ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait at that location. However, once they have consumed the prebait, termites can normally be induced to consume the bait. These termites then guide other colony members back to the bait station where they also consume it.

After termite activity has been absent from a baited station for at least 60 days, the monitoring (pre-baiting) process is resumed by cleaning out the station and replacing the monitor or prebait. In order to affect as many of the termites as possible that currently or could potentially infest a structure, every termite colony that inhabits the ground under and around the structure must be pre-baited and/or baited with ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait.

If the cycle of pre-baiting and baiting around a structure is interrupted or discontinued, new colonies occupying the territory of suppressed or eliminated colonies, existing colonies that were suppressed but not eliminated, existing colonies never baited or colonies that were pre-baited may forage at points of possible entry into and infest the structure. For this reason, the cycle of pre-baiting and baiting should continue for as long as it is desirable to suppress or eliminate subterranean termites.

If a conventional termite liquid barrier treatment is performed in conjunction with an installation of ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait, care must be taken not to treat in the area of installed stations (preferably not within two feet of stations).Because the use of this product may be a multi-step process, localized treatment(s) of areas of the structure infested with active termites at the time of pre-baiting or baiting, using soil type termiticides may provide more immediate control of termites in those parts of the structure than ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait. Preventative critical area soil or wood treatments may be performed in conjunction with station installation.

Do not treat in areas of installed stations during routinepesticide applications.

PRE-BAITING

Pre-baiting is a process by which termite activity is established at a location prior to the application of ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait at that location. Use Whitmire Micro-Gen approved pre-bait monitors to establish activity in the station. The non-toxic food materials provide a pre-baiting food source for termites that, upon being fed on by termites, establishes termite activity within the station. If there is termite activity at a pre-baiting site, make ADVANCE Compressed Termite Bait continuously available for colony consumption by placing it inthe station and replenishing consumed amounts for as long as termite activity is present in the station. See section entitled “Inspecting Station And Placing Advance Compressed Termite Bait” for details.

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