How can I reduce my chances for getting termites?
Termite infestation can occur in any unprotected home. If the home was treated in the past but regular inspections have not been done, gaps in the treatment may have occurred which would allow termites to damage your home. Certain factors will increase the chances for termite infestation. It boils down to moisture, food sources and access.
To prevent termites and excess moisture around your home consider the following recommendations:
- Avoid having a sprinkler system that splashes onto your home or a sprinkler system where the emitter heads are nearly adjacent to the outside walls of your home.
- Be certain that the downspouts from gutters and air conditioner drains lead away from your home.
- If you have a leaking water spigot/faucet on the outside of your home, have the leak fixed.
- Be certain that the finished soil grade drains away from the home.
- Don’t plant excess shrubberies or other plants too near to the foundation of your home.
- Un-repaired cracks along patios and other slabs will allow water to enter and weaken the treated zone as well as attract termites to the area.
- Have stumps that are within ten feet of your home removed.
- Avoid allowing wood or cellulose containing products remain on the ground under and/or around the home.
- Masonry cracks, whether in slab floors, poured wall or concrete block foundations should be repaired.
- Certain types of stucco are easily penetrated by termites and provide concealment while they attack your home.
- Areas where plumbing pipes, air conditioning vents or electrical service penetrate a slab may allow termites to enter.
- Crawl spaces under homes must have adequate ventilation to prevent condensation on the substructure.
- Untreated wooden trellises, porch posts, fences or any other lumber not rated for ground contact will provide food for termites and draw them toward the home.
- Firewood should be kept at least six inches off the ground on bricks or metal racks. Storing firewood inside the home will risk bringing wood destroying beetles into your home.
My house is built on a slab – doesn’t that make it termite proof?
As we have discussed, there are many ways for termites to gain access to slab homes. In addition, once termites establish themselves under a slab home the required treatment will be more labor intensive due to floor covering removal. Also, inspection of the slab for termites or cracks is restricted.
What makes Termidor different from other termite treatments?
Termites can sense and avoid areas treated with traditional termiticides. With Termidor, termites can’t detect it. As worker termites forage in a treated area they ingest or contact Termidor. When they return to feed the colony the Termidor is transferred throughout the colony ending your termite problem.
How quickly does Termidor work?
Termites that come in contact with Termidor (either directly or through contact with infected termites) will die in 3 months or less.
Will it kill all of the termites, or just some?
Termidor’s unique mode of action achieves 100% control of termites in 3 months or less. This ‘termite control’ is not just limited to the termites who happen to forage in the soil treated with Termidor. Termites are social insects living in large colonies, mostly underground. Research has shown that termites foraging through treated soil come in contact with Termidor, but do not die quickly. These contaminated termites contact others in the colony (by food transfer, grooming or just climbing over and rubbing against each other) and transfer Termidor to these other termites. No other termiticide or termite-control system has achieved the same level of efficacy as Termidor.
Does Termidor have an odor?
No, Termidor is odor free.
Is Termidor safe?
Termidor is a fipronil based termiticide. Fipronil has been in use since 1995 to safely treat pets for fleas and ticks and on agricultural crops to protect food supplies. New studies have shown that the product is safe not only for termite control where the material is applied beneath the soil or masonry, but can be used safely as a surface application for ants and other pests.
Can I apply it myself?
No. Termidor can and must only be applied by a Certified Termidor Professional.
Termite damage found in home.
Termite tunnel found in home.