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Termite infestations can be a nightmare. There are over 40
species of termites in the United States. Termites do more
property damage in the United States than fire, flood, and
hurricanes combined. If allowed to continue, a termite
infestation can destroy your home within a few years, or at
the very least, cause damage that is very expensive to
Termite damage is usually not covered by home insurance
(check yours). Fortunately, there is a very inexpensive
do-it-yourself treatment for prevention of termite
infestations, and the side-effect is that this treatment
will also eliminate other pests such as ants, spiders, and
cockroaches as well. If you've landed on this page, you are
very fortunate because we have done all the research for
you. If you want to save hundreds of dollars on termite
treatment, the products at the bottom of this page will cost
you much less than $100, you can apply them yourself, and
the treatment will protect your home for years.
Termidor SC Termiticide
or Taurus SC
is more effective than
acts immediately, and kills on
and Taurus SC
does not kill immediately, which gives those that have been
in contact with the pesticide time to get back to the nest
and poison the rest of the colony.
and Taurus SC
are undetectable so termites neither
avoid the treatment zone nor do they try to find a way
first thought, a termite
may seem like a good idea. A repellant is a chemical formula
that the targeted bugs try to AVOID. If you treat the
perimeter of your house with a termite
what will happen is that
termites that are INSIDE the house will try NOT to cross the
barrier, and will essentially be trapped inside the house.
In addition, since they will seek ways AROUND the repellant
barrier, it may drive them to other areas of the house that
were previously free of termites.
and Taurus SC
are NOT repellants; they are a poison that is undetectable to
the termites, and so they will be free to cross the treated
areas and be poisoned, but their days
the days of all the other termites they come in contact with
‒ are surely numbered.
Termites are "social" critters (but don't look
for a termite Facebook page ☺);
A termite colony can number in the
millions. It is estimated that
for every human being on Earth,
there are over 1,000 pounds of termites.
That means there are 8,000,000,000,000 pounds of termites,
or approximately ten times the bio-mass of human beings.
Termite farts are also a major contributor of greenhouse gas
million tons of methane a year! That's a lot of
Termites work 24 hours a day
and never sleep. They're a bit
less active in the colder months, but they do NOT hibernate;
inside your heated home, you can bet that there won't be
much slowing-down of their activities.
groom each other and crawl over each other and feed each
regurgitated wood that used to be part of your house. When
they do that, and the wood and / or the surrounding ground has
been treated with
or Taurus SC,
their death warrant is signed, sealed, and delivered, and
it's only a matter of time before they're all dead and their
rotting little carcasses are food for your petunias.
and Taurus SC do not cause termites to behave
like they're poisoned. It has been proven that healthy
termites will avoid contact with those that act strangely.
Since the means by which
and Taurus SC
(or any termite poison) is spread into
the colony is by contact with the termites that have crossed
the pesticide barrier, or have actually ingested the termiticide, if those that have been poisoned act normally,
they will bring the pesticide into the nest and the entire
colony will die.
information found on the
Termidor Web site is inaccurate.
They say that this treatment is not available to the public.
Well, that statement is partially true; as you cannot go
into a hardware store and get this product off-the-shelf (I
tried), however, it is available here ‒ either click a link
or scroll down to the bottom of this page.
ounce bottle is more than enough to treat the average home.
Field tests by the United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service showed no signs of termite damage in concrete
slab field test plots treated with
than 15 years after treatment. Since
contains the same active ingredient (9.1 % Fipronil) in the
same concentration as
it's six of one and half-a-dozen of the other which brand
CHECK THESE AREAS BY POKING THE WOOD
SHARPLY WITH A SCREWDRIVER:
All wood that is on the foundation of
your house (in basement or crawl space).
Wood on the bottom of entry door
frames (particularly next to wooden decks or concrete
Any door frame in which the doors are
sagging, or where hinges have come loose.
Wooden decks - particularly where the
wood is up against the house.
Any wood immediately below or
surrounding drain pipes or faucets.
Any wood around pipes that are
"sweating" such as cold water pipes (inspect on a hot,
Look for termite tubes. These can be
almost any color (see photo below), and look like
somebody spilled a drop of glue or paint. If you see
any, destroy them and spray the area with
or Taurus SC
Termites need moisture. A few drops from a leaky or sweating
pipe, or slight seepage of rainwater through a foundation
wall is all it takes to provide a perfect environment for
termites to live.
Termites will usually not eat wood which supports lots of
weight. This is why their preferred meals come from wood
piles in the back yard, and door frames. However, when the
infestation gets worse, termites will eat your whole house
if you let them. The photos below show residual damage
that had to be fixed from a past infestation that was caught
in time and eradicated.
cut and pried open after termite damage has been discovered
by poking the wood sharply with a screwdriver.
Close-up of the damage - you can see that this piece of wood
was almost completely hollowed out by the termites.
termite infestation is allowed to continue, they can get
into the walls, and can even get into your furniture. If
they start eating the floor joists, you won't know it until
you move the piano to install a carpet, or the refrigerator
to dust under it ‒ and they end up crashing through the
floor. This happens in the worst-case scenario, because
termites will not eat wood that is under pressure because
when they tunnel through the wood, the weight could crush
the wood and kill them (they ain't stupid).
is the front edge of the 2x4 which was broken off easily
with a screwdriver. You can see that the damage to this
structural support member was extensive; the insects
hollowed-out this piece of wood until it was no stronger
than a cardboard pizza box.
holes in a main joist were made by other wood-burrowing
insects, probably carpenter ants or bees. The termites and
other insect infestation was long gone, but the damage
remained. In this photo, you can see a termite tube (yellow
If you see any termite tubes on the beams in your basement
(usually near the foundation walls), you should call a
or Taurus SC
are by far, the best termite treatments
available. The active ingredient Fipronil is found in the same
concentration in both products, and has proven to be
in eliminating termites when applied according to
directions. One 20 Oz. bottle is more than enough to treat
the average home. Use the foam application where termites
have infested inside walls or door jambs.
products are effective against: Termites (all species), Ants
(Acrobat, Argentine, Pharaoh, Crazy, Big-Headed, Carpenter,
Odorous, Pavement, and Thief), Asian lady beetles, Darkling
beetles, Cockroaches (Australian, Oriental, Smoky Brown),
Black widow spiders, Brown recluse spiders, Centipedes,
Cellar and Hobo spiders, Box-elder bugs, Stink bugs, Pill
bugs, House Crickets, Brown and dog ticks,
Cluster Flies, European Earwigs, Millipedes, Paper Wasps,
Silverfish, Yellow Jackets.
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