Termites are a wood destroying insect that can cause a lot of damage to homes and basically anything made with wood. Termites are important in nature because they help recycle dead trees along with anything made with cellulose. But when they invade our homes and eat away at our house, a good termite control program must be instituted.
DO IT YOURSELF TERMITE CONTROL ^
At this time there are many options for doing a termite treatment inside and around the home. And though termite treatments used to be something that one would hire a service company to perform, the products being used are a lot easier to handle and apply. So if you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to save a lot of money by doing your own termite treatment, we can help.
WHAT TERMITE CHEMICAL IS BEST? ^
First you’ll need to decide what type of product to use. In general, termiticides fall into one of two groups. Repellent and non-repellent.
Repellent products tend to last longer. They will kill insects that travel through the treatment but in most cases, they “repel” insects.
Non-repellents are not detectable by insects. The goal of a non-repellent is to get enough of the active colony exposed to the chemical which in turn can kill the nest. This approach is effective for insects which live in communities like ants, termites and bedbugs.
And then there are bait stations and “local” treatments for infested wood.
But what’s the best treatment? And which chemicals are the “best” to use? The answer depends on which company you ask. In our opinion, they all can work when used properly. At least that’s what our hands on experience shows. And the goal of this article is to share some of that information and experience so you too can decide what will work best for your property.
BEST REPELLENT TERMITE CHEMICAL ^
If you want to treat around a structure before you have any sign of termites, use MAXXTHOR EC. Termites will readily detect it and stay away from where its been applied. Mix 1 quart of concentrate with 100 gallons of water (.32 oz per gallon of water) and apply this mixture to a small trench you’ll need to dig around the homes foundation. Plan on using 4 gallons of mixed product per 10 linear feet.
The label allows for a variable rate of coverage but in general, 1 quart of concentrate mixed at this rate can protect any home which has up to 250 linear feet of foundation to treat if you apply 4 gallons for every 10 feet of trench.
Treatments will last 5-10 years and can be renewed if termites are found active or if the soil is disrupted.
NON REPELLENT TERMITE SPRAY ^
The “newer” products for termite treatments include actives which are very differently. Instead of having to apply 50+ gallons to get a good barrier in place, these newer compounds rely on a “stealthy” approach. This means you can achieve success with very little chemical because the treatment is essentially non-detectable by foraging termites.
These actives are the better choice to use if you have active termites because they will assuredly walk through it. This insures they’ll be exposed and “share” the treatment with the rest of the colony. Conversely, the use of a repellent like Maxxthor EC may only chase them elsewhere and get rid of them for good. So if you have an active infestation, use a non repellent to insure the problem is handled.
The original and still best option for use around the home is PROTHOR SC. Mix 1 jug per 50 gallons of water (.5 oz per gallon of water) and apply 5 gallons to every 12.5 linear feet. At this rate 1 jug will make 50 gallons of finished product and will be able to treat 125 linear feet. Treatments will last 3-5 years making Prothor a cost effective option for any structure.
TERMITE BAIT STATIONS ^
Another option commonly used by many professionals today are TERMITE BAIT STATIONS. These offer a very different mode of control in that they’re not a spray but instead a feeding station where termites will go to eat. These stations can be placed anywhere in the yard around the home and can be used as a way to “monitor” termite activity on your property. Treating around the home with a repellent or non repellent is still suggested and should be done. But knowing there are termites in the yard is helpful and for this reason, using Termite Bait stations in some areas is a good tool for detecting early activity.
Once in place, you’ll want to inspect these stations every 2-3 months during the warm season to see if there is any activity. And once active termites are found, you’ll want to bait the station with an active BAIT CARTRIDGE. This cartridge contains a slow working active (another non repellent) that will then infiltrate the colony and eventually kill it.
HOW TO TREAT TERMITES IN WOOD ^
For termites discovered in floor joists, sill plate, fences or some other area above ground, spray all galleries with FS MP AEROSOL. This oil based formulation will kill termites quickly and “permeate” through the wood enabling it to reach far beyond the galleries you spray. FS MP will cover up to 100 linear feet per can and one application will last 5-10 years.
IN SUMMARY ^
Termites are a major pest here in the United States and are important to the natural balance and “recycling” of cellulose products in our environment. But once in the home they will cause costly damage. Considered a “latent” pest, its important to treat around any structure suspected of termite activity to insure there isn’t an ongoing problem or lingering infestation.
Need help calculating how much chemical you need to treat your home? Give us a call or send us an email anytime and we’ll try to assist.
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