Treatments to specific areas with active termites in structures
If you, or one of our technicians, have found live termites in your house, in a tree stump, or in a retaining wall, and there are still good numbers of the critters, then we have a chance to apply the initial treatment. The purpose of this treatment or baiting program is to stop them chewing your house and if possible to eradicate the termite colony. We strongly recommend to do this before installing a chemical treatment around the house.
Types of initial treatments:
- Foam treatment using Termidor or Premise.
- Dusting treatment using Termidor dust.
- Baiting program using Above-ground bait stations.
Which type of initial treatment should be done?
One of our experienced technicians can assess the degree of infestation in your home. Depending on the type of termite and type of structure you have, he will advise on the most appropriate approach.
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What are the approaches?
A effective method of treating live termites in a structure is to apply Termidor as a topical treatment by injecting it in a foam matrix directly into the affected timbers. All our Technicians have a special foaming machine that allows the right amount to be applied to the appropriate areas. The direct application to live termites ensure rapid mortality. But there is another advantage of using Termidor as a foam application. Once the foam drys it stays as a non-detectable poison. If any new termites were to come back into the treated area, they too would pick up the active ingredient and it would continue to be passed through the colony.
Termidor dust is a new dusting formulation. It is basically the Termidor compound in a dust form. Once we have established the extent of the infestation we will drill small holes into the termite workings and gently apply it by hand puffing the Termidor dust. Once it has been applied into their workings, the termites carry the dust particles on their bodies and eventually back to the nest (where ever that may be). Being a very social and efficient insect it doesn’t take long for the active ingredient “fipronil” to be transferred throughout the colony.
The wonderful thing about Termidor dust is that it’s very safe to apply into domestic environments and has been proven to take as little as 2 to 4 weeks to eradicate a colony.We are finding that Termidor dust is very successful on the two prevalent types of termites in Brisbane.
See Also : Termidor Dust Brochure
In some situations we might recommend to install an Above Ground bait station directly onto an area with live termites. This allows the termites to feed on the highly desirable bait that is laced with a IG agent (growth inhibitor). The termites have no idea that the bait has poison and take it straight back to the nest to feed the colony.
We normally recommend this course of action when are concerned the structure can’t adequately be treated with a chemical treatment zone on the outside and we really want to be sure that the colony that is infesting the house is eliminated. The baiting program can take months to be completed but we can measure the amount of bait taken and gain some tangible outcomes. www.sentricon.com
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Chemicals for initial treatments
- Termidor dusting & foaming
- Premise foam in-a-can
- Above-ground baiting station
- Arsenic dust
Termidor foam or dust treatment
Termidor Dust is applied directly onto the termites by puffing only a few grams, either inside your house or onto activity around the yard (trees, fences, etc) making it the perfect termite nest elimination product.
Termidor Dust is also perfect for treating active termite bait stations. After treatment, the termites carry the dust particles on their bodies and eventually back to the nest (where ever that may be) via the unique Transfer Effect®. Extensive Australian research proves that it takes as little as two to four weeks for total termite elimination. This is much faster than expensive baiting systems and you will not require numerous visits from the Pest Control Operator to achieve success.
This is non-repellent foam that is applied from a can into termite workings.The active ingredient, Imidacloprid, is a transfer poison that the termites don’t detect. They come in contact with the foam residual and readily transfer it back to the foraging nest. It is a very safe and effective chemical with no major drawbacks.
Arsenic Trioxide Dust.
This is a fine dust that is “hand puffed” into timbers that have active termites. Usually only a few grams of arsenic is “puffed” in and the arsenic is always contained within the affected timber.
If there are “good numbers” of worker termites, then there is a chance that some of the arsenic will be transferred back to the nursery in the nest. If this happens, then the reproductive Queen dies, eliminating the colony. Arsenic dust has the ability to “flush out” active termites but has limited ability to be effectively transferred as it is highly toxic. It is non bio-gradable and hazardous to handle.
These days, we believe that there are better options than arsenic dust for colony control.