Over the past 10 years termite control technology has undergone major changes. In the past there was basically only one way to control termites, and that was with barrier treatments that required the pumping of hundreds of gallons of repellant termiticides under and around your home. These termiticides, of which chlordane was the most popular, were suppose to create a barrier between the house and the termites that would repel termites away. In order for this to work the pest control professional had to make sure to put chemical in every possible entry point or the termites could bypass the treatment area and get in anyway. Based on retreatment statistics this occured in more that 50% of the cases. Beginning in the early 1980′s, individual states began banning the use of chlordane, and the U.S. EPA banned its use nationwide in 1988. The loss of chlordane led to major research to find suitable replacements, and many “replacement” termiticides came — and went.
In the late 1990′s pesticide manufacturers stopped trying to “replace” chlordane, and instead began testing new methods that would “eliminate” termites instead of repelling them. Out of this testing came two new approaches to termite control: termite baiting, and non-repellent liquid termiticides like Imidaclorprid and Fipronil. At SWAT Termite and Pest Control, we offer both termite treatment options and use both to customized the best possible treatment for your situation.
To provide an affordable and yet effective means of monitoring and baiting for termites, we install bait stations containing cardboard impregnated with Sulflurimid, a slow acting stomach poison into the soil around the building(s) to be protected. In the course of their routine foraging, termites come across the bait and start feeding. They also lay a pheromone trail to the bait station, which tells other members of the colony how to find it.
When your SWAT technician during a routine inspection notices termite activity and 50% of the bait in a station has been consumed in the station, a new bait station will be installed. After consuming the bait the worker termites take the bait back to the colony, where it is spread through the colony members in the course of their normal grooming, feeding, and communications.
The SWAT Monitor and Bait System is used in conjunction with our liquid perimeter and/or spot treatment to provide the best possible protection for your home.
SWAT Liquid Perimeter and Spot Treatment
Imidaclorprid* and Fipronil* represents a revolutionary new approach to conventionally applied, liquid termite control.
Like older termiticides, both Imidaclorprid and Fipronil are applied into the soil around a building as a liquid. But that’s where the similarity ends. Whereas older liquid termiticides were highly repellant and formed a “chemical barrier” to termites, Premise and Termidor are non-repellant. Termites don’t see it, smell it, or taste it.
What this means is that termites forage freely through the treated areas and transfer the product to other colony members through their feeding and grooming activities. Within days after application, The treatment has already started to kill even those termites in the colony who have not directly contacted the product.
*SWAT reserves the right to use appropriately labeled chemical generics when available. Client may request name brand chemicals and pay additional fees for them.
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