The Sentricon® System or Termidor: What’s the Difference?

The Sentricon® System and Termidor treat termites in radically different ways. Sentricon relies on a targeted approach that takes advantage of termite behavior and biology to eliminate the termite Queen and the entire colony. By requiring installation and maintenance by a Certified Sentricon Specialist™, Dow AgroSciences (the manufacturer of Sentricon) ensures ongoing protection from termite damage. And as you can tell from this video, Sentricon is tough on termites, but easy on the environment:

 

How do liquid termiticides compare? Decide for yourself…

Approach

Sentricon® Termidor
Sentricon, containing the active ingredient Noviflumuron, exploits the natural behavior and biology of termites. It is ingested by worker termites foraging for food, and brought back to the colony to feed other termites. Since Sentricon bait is preferred nearly 10 times over wood, termites continue to feed until the colony is eliminated. (Dow AgroSciences, 2013) (Dow AgroSciences, 2011) Termidor is a non-repellent liquid termiticide containing . Termites are killed as they come in contact with the chemical.

Termidor is applied to the soil around a home with the intent to create a barrier against termite invasions.

Installation / Treatment

Sentricon® Termidor
After a thorough inspection by a Certified Sentricon Specialist™, bait stations are strategically placed around the home’s perimeter. With Sentricon there’s no digging or trenching, no structural drilling, and no chemicals injected in the ground. (Dow AgroSciences, 2013) It doesn’t require large tanker trucks or heavy machinery so it won’t disrupt your neighbors or disturb your landscape or other parts of your property. Stations are barely visible around your home and don’t interfere with any outdoor activities. (Sentricon.com) Termidor is applied through a method called trenching or trenching and rodding. (Termidorhome.com) Trenching involves digging around the foundation of a house, excavating the soil and mixing it with termiticide, and refilling the trench with the treated soil. Rodding involves applying termiticide through steel rods as it is inserted into soil at the bottom of the trench. (Clyde L. Ogg) Porches, stoops, and slabs may have to be drilled every 12-16 inches depending on construction. (Miller, 2010)

Colony Elimination

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Extensive field tests completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and research conducted by 30 universities and external research contractors have resulted in the publication of more than 60 scientific articles providing independently produced data on Sentricon and evidence of its ability to eliminate termite colonies. (Dow AgroSciences) While there may be some horizontal transfer of non-repellant termiticides from foraging termites back to the colony, at higher doses termites die too quickly to be effective carriers. The presence of dead termites in tunnels repels other foraging termites. (Dow AgroSciences)

Ongoing Protection

Sentricon® Termidor
Sentricon stations are installed and maintained by highly-trained Certified Sentricon Specialists™. As part of the service contract, your CSS will monitor the stations for termite activity at scheduled intervals. This ensures that attacks from existing and future colonies are eliminated and that your property is protected from termites. (Sentricon.com) Termiticides have a life expectancy of 4-10 years. (Michael Merchant) The maximum effectiveness of a liquid treatment is the day of the treatment because liquid treatments degrade over time. And if there is a break in the barrier, the constant foraging activity of worker termites increases the likelihood termites will find the break in the barrier and infest your home. Termites need a break of less than 1/16 inch to enter a home.

 

 

Environmental Impact

Sentricon® Termidor
The Sentricon System is designed to prevent environmental exposure. Rather than saturating soil with a liquid chemical solution, small amounts of bait are spread to the colony by exploiting termite behavior and biology.

The active ingredient used in Sentricon is an insect growth regulator that stops the molting process, a process not found in mammals. This targeted approach reduces environmental impact even further.

Environmental credentials include:

·      The Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative: The premier bait used in the Sentricon System was registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the strict requirements of the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative. This distinction was based on its low impact on human health, low toxicity to organisms (birds, fish and plants) and low potential for groundwater contamination.

·      The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award: The Sentricon System is the only termite control product ever to have earned the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. This award is one of the federal government’s top environmental honors and recognizes technical innovation that incorporates environmentally responsible chemistry into its design, manufacture and use.

·      No signal word: Very few products today are not required by the EPA to carry a signal word on their labels because they have the lowest toxicity rating by all exposure routes (oral, dermal, inhalation, and eye and skin irritation). The Sentricon System® was the first termite product to achieve this. Currently, only two termite products have this distinction. (Dow AgroSciences, 2011)

The signal word on the Termidor HE safety data sheet is CAUTION. The signal word on the Termidor SE safety data sheet is CAUTION.

 

Liquid treatments require the use of hundreds of gallons of dilute termiticide solution. (Agriculture).

 

Application within 50 feet of a body of water, well, or cistern presents a risk of contamination. (Dini M. Miller, 2010)

 

 

To find out more about how the Sentricon® Solution can help you defend your home against termites, contact a Certified Sentricon Specialist™ in your area.

References

(n.d.). Retrieved 04 22, 2015, from Termidorhome.com: http://www.termidorhome.com/Termidor-for-Termites-FAQ.asp#professional-apply

Agriculture, M. F. (n.d.). TERMITE BAITS: A GUIDE FOR HOMEOWNERS. Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef639.asp

BASF. (2014, 08 29). Safety Data Sheet Termidor HE Termiticide. Retrieved 04 24, 2015, from cdms.net: http://www.cdms.net/LDat/mpAQ4001.pdf

Clyde L. Ogg, B. P. (n.d.). Sunterranean Termites A Handbook for Homeowners. Retrieved 04 22, 2015, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/termites/termite%20manualhome10.pdf

Dini M. Miller, A. P. (2010). Subterranean Termite Treatment Options. Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Tech Virginia State University: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/444/444-500/444-500.html

Dow AgroSciences. (n.d.). Elimination vs. Knock-back . Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from dow.com: http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_00d7/0901b803800d745f.pdf?filepath=sentricon/pdfs/noreg/010-70899.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

Dow AgroSciences. (2011). Environmentally Responsible Termite Protection. Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from Dow.com: http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_0725/0901b80380725e64.pdf?filepath=sentricon/pdfs/noreg/010-71452.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

Dow AgroSciences. (2011). Get perace of mind from true termite protection. Retrieved 05 06, 2015, from dow.com: http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_05f9/0901b803805f9647.pdf?filepath=sentricon/pdfs/noreg/010-71388.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

Dow AgroSciences. (2013). Kill the Termite Queen. Kill Her Subjects. Crumble Her Colony. . Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from dow.com: http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_08e4/0901b803808e4f37.pdf?filepath=sentricon/pdfs/noreg/010-70056.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

Dow AgroSciences. (n.d.). Scientific Research Demonstrates Effectiveness of the Sentricon® System. Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from dow.com: http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_08ff/0901b803808ffe5c.pdf?filepath=/pdfs/noreg/010-70648.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

Dow AgroSciences. (2013, 02 19). Why Do Termites Like Sentricon? Retrieved 05 04, 2015, from Letstalktermites.com: http://letstalktermites.com/2013/02/19/why-do-termites-like-sentricon-2/

Michael Merchant, P. R. (n.d.). Frequently Asked Questions About Subterranean Termite Control. Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension: http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/household/termites/ent-2002/

Sentricon.com. (n.d.). YOUR VERY OWN TERMITE PROFESSIONAL. Retrieved 04 23, 2015, from Sentricon.com: http://www.sentricon.com/purchase/manage.htm

Termites, Ahoy! How the Sentricon® System Eliminated a Floating Colony

In September 2014, Home Paramount Pest Control in Baltimore, Maryland, was approached by a gentleman named Henry with a unique problem: termites had come aboard his houseboat. Unfortunately, the termites took control and Henry had to gut the boat completely. He was contemplating selling the vessel, but first he made a call to Home Paramount. Here’s how they, along with Sentricon® Recruit® AG termite bait, kept Henry and his boat afloat.

First, some backstory:

Henry purchased the boat in April 2010 from a local marina, and had kept it docked for 4 years as he worked on it.

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Henry’s houseboat.

Last year, Henry noticed damage along the fiberglass in the main cabin (see the photo, below.) It was unknown when the feeding began, but further inspection turned up significant damage throughout the boat.

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Damage was first found in the main cabin.

Damage report:

There were mud tubes everywhere. Termites had destroyed the floorboards and surfaces on the bottom of the boat. There were visible termites in the carpeting, and they had even started eating through a stack of paperback books.

Damage under and around electronics on the boat.

Damage under and around electronics on the boat.

The most unusual damage:

During inspection, the Certified Sentricon Specialist™ found an unusual situation. Termites were committing tubing into a shallow area filled with water. This was nicknamed the “Suicide Pond,” as termites were found floating, lifeless, in the water.

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Termites built tubes into this “suicide” pool of water!

 

The Solution:

In September, 2014, Home Paramount Pest Control installed 14-15 Recruit® AG stations in the houseboat. Because of the extensive damage on the houseboat, the stations were monitored throughout the year. In the most recent inspection, the Certified Sentricon Specialist™ concluded that the colony had been eliminated on Henry’s houseboat.

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Recruit® AG station in the main cabin.

 

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Recruit ® AG station in the galley.

 

According to Jeremy Adamson, a sales representative for the Sentricon® System, “this boat had tons of damage. It’s almost impossible to preventively treat a houseboat, which is why in this case there was a significant problem; so much damage in fact that it would likely have caused the boat to sink eventually. Our Recruit® AG termite bait is the only product out there that could solve this issue. Liquid termiticides wouldn’t work in a boat on the water; this was a unique opportunity that only Sentricon was fit to resolve. We knew that once they [the termites] started feeding on one of the stations, we were confident the problem would be solved.”

The good news is that Henry is pleased. He can now resume work on his houseboat after not being in it all summer. He says, “I’m glad they [the termites] are gone. Now I can figure out what to do with this boat.”

The moral of this story? Termites don’t discriminate on the type of dwelling. Even houseboat owners need to be vigilant, and like Henry, trust the Sentricon® System to provide complete termite colony elimination and further protection from damage. Find out more on our website, or visit with us on Facebook or Twitter.

All photos courtesy of Jeremy Adamson

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What Homeowners Need to Know About Termite Inspections

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Every year in the United States, more than 5 million homes1 have some sort of termite problem, amounting to approximately $5 billion2 in damage. That’s more damage than is caused by tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes combined. And termite damage is rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. If you’re buying a home, here’s what you need to know when it comes to termite inspections.

Real estate contracts dictate whether or not a termite inspection is required before the purchase of a home. VA home loans in most states require a termite inspection. Few states require a termite inspection, but many lenders or banks won’t make a loan without one. It’s a good idea to talk to your realtor and find out exactly what is needed before you close on a house. And before you think that your home inspector will be able to determine the presence of termites, think again; most home inspectors are not trained to look for termites.

The termite inspection, also known as a Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO) report, is prepared by a licensed pest control company and addresses the presence of any termite damage or evidence of treatment for termites. By law, pest inspectors are required to report only on what they visually encounter–be it actual termites, wood damage, or a mud tube trail. It is NOT a guarantee that termites are not present. Multiple termite colonies can live near the home, all of them in constant search for food. Find out if the company backs up their inspections with a limited time warranty, which may cover minor repair from damage.

Pay close attention to your seller’s disclosure documents. The home’s termite history and damage should be on the disclosure, with receipts for treatment copied if possible. This full disclosure protects the seller, especially in the Southeast, where it’s more common for older homes to have termite damage. Many times, a termite “bond” transfers service from the seller to the buyer; ask your realtor if this is the case in your home purchase.

Make sure you are present during the inspection. That is the best way to insure that an inspection is completed. If there is damage present, ask the inspector to show you what he or she has found, so you can be an informed homeowner.

What if you’re already a homeowner, but you discover some damage to your wood or find a “mystery insect” in your walls or floors during a renovation? It’s not a good time to try to diagnose or remedy the problem by yourself. The best person to assess wood damage is a pest management professional with specific training in termite detection.

A Certified Sentricon Specialist™ receives specialized training in termite detection and treatment through the use of the Sentricon® System. Bait stations are strategically installed around the house containing a lethal food source that the termites eat and take back to the colony, destroying the reproducing queen termite in the process, and eliminating the colony. With the colony—or multiple colonies—eliminated, the home is protected from termite destruction.

It pays to be proactive when it comes to protecting your home from termites. If you’re purchasing a home that’s not protected by a termite specialist, find out more about Sentricon here, or visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.

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The 5 W’s of Swarm Season, Part 2

Last month, we explained the who, what, when, where, and why of swarm season. So what do you do if you find winged bugs flying around in your biggest investment—your home—this spring? Here are five steps the experts recommend.

1.   Get help. Many pest management firms will do an inspection for free. Termite damage is slow but steady, so although it needs to be stopped, you have time to make the best decision.

2.   Identify the enemy. Flying bugs could be termites, but they also could be ants or pantry pests. Catch one in a bag or jar to help with identification. Physical traits of flying (“swarming”) termites and ants can easily be confused. Ants have a narrow waist, and termites have straight antennae.

3.   Know your options. Used since the 1950s, liquid barrier treatments inject a chemical insecticide into the soil around and even beneath your home to stop the termites.  Another approach, the Sentricon® System, eliminates the underground termite colony. The original Sentricon System, introduced in 2000 continues to be the only termite product to ever win the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

4.   Conquer the queen. You need a product that doesn’t just kill individual termites—your response should kill the entire termite colony. The colony is a complex hierarchy of termites who depend on each other for survival and who protect and care for the termite queen. Her job is to produce offspring and, depending on the species, has the amazing ability to produce up to 1 million eggs in her lifetime. Bottom line is: you kill the termites in the colony, no one can care for the termite queen, and she – and her ability to reproduce – dies.

5.   Take action to avoid termite swarming altogether by eliminating colonies. Preventative treatments are becoming the norm as pest management professionals seek to help homeowners avoid pest problems before they occur. The old saying that “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” is especially true for termites ─ flying termites known as swarmers in a home are a sign of a mature colony, and that usually means damage already has occurred. But the lack of swarming termites in your home does not mean your home is not being attacked.

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The ant is on the left; the termite, on the right!

Visit Sentricon.com to learn more about the No. 1 brand in termite protection. Developed through extensive research on termite behavior, Sentricon targets the whole termite colony. Installed by a Certified Sentricon Specialist®, the bait stations are placed in a protective ring around the perimeter of the home. Termites eat the bait in the stations and share it with the rest of the colony, eventually eliminating the entire colony, including the termite queen. No queen. No colony. No problem!

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The 5 W’s of Termite Swarm Season, Part 1

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This is a photo taken by a Certified Sentricon Specialist® of an actual termite swarm inside an office building in Louisiana in Spring 2014.

March may come roaring in like a lion and bleating out like a gentle lamb, but it also may bring another animal with it—hordes of ever-hungry, wood-chomping termites. While termites are actually necessary to accelerate the degeneration of wood debris in the forest, they’re not welcome inside your home. Why do they swarm in the spring, and who is at risk? Here’s the who, what, when, where and why of swarm season:

WHO—It’s native subterranean termites that cause most of the ruckus in spring. In the Southern US, Formosan subterranean termites (exports that have gained a foothold in the warmer climate) will swarm, too.

WHAT—Swarm season occurs when winged male and female termites, called “swarmers,” leave the colonies where they were hatched to start new colonies. They shed their wings during the swarm, pair up with a mate and look for a suitable location to start a new colony as queen and king.

WHEN—Swarmer termites emerge from the colony when daytime temperatures begin to warm up and rain becomes more frequent—termites love damp weather. This is usually around the first day of Spring.

WHERE—Swarm season can begin as early as late February in coastal Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. As the weather warms and rains increase, swarm sightings begin to spread throughout the South and gradually work their way east into Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and west into Texas and Arkansas. By late March, swarm season is usually at its peak in the South and is spreading throughout the rest of the country as it gradually thaws from winter’s cold.

WHY—It’s new colony initiation time for termites. Unfortunately for most homeowners, termite swarmers usually appear only when a colony is mature and under way. And more than one termite colony can be present at a single property! The event may last just a few minutes, so chances are better that you’ll see the wings they leave behind. Look for shed wings around windowsills, doors, heating vents, even bathtubs and sinks.

Next month, we’ll tell you how to take steps to defend your home from termite swarm season. In the meantime, if you see any flying insects in your home, contact the Certified Sentricon Specialist® nearest you to take advantage of 20 year’s worth of experience in providing the latest, most effective termite protection for over 2 million homes in the US. Help us track swarm season on our Facebook pages, or send us a tweet on Twitter using the hashtag #swarmseason!

Sentricon® Stands Guard at Independence National Historical Park

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been preserving our country’s most significant historic places for all to enjoy. That includes Independence National Historical Park  in Philadelphia. Now, through the professional efforts of Ehrlich Pest Control, the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ technology—the latest innovation in termite elimination—is being used to protect these important structures from termite damage for years to come. This group of buildings has been nicknamed “America’s most historic square mile” and includes Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Franklin’s Print Shop, and numerous other buildings significant to the Revolutionary War era.

 

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Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park. Built between 1732 and 1756, it is best known as the building where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated and adopted. The Sentricon System was first installed around Independence Hall in April 1999 as a preventive measure to protect against termites known to be active in the area. One month later, during the first monitoring inspection by a Certified Sentricon Specialist®, subterranean termites were discovered in the Sentricon stations adjacent to this historic building. Four months later, termite activity ceased, indicating the entire termite colony was eliminated. Termites have not returned.

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The National Park Service added more structures to those originally being protected. That ongoing, long-term protection from termite risk has continued. Recently, Ehrlich Pest Control upgraded the entire site. Here, the wood sensor devices used to monitor for termites are being removed…

 

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…and every station was prepped to convert to the Sentricon System with Always Active technology. The system is designed to be non-intrusive. Stations can be covered or hidden, but monitored later through special location detection equipment, even in urban areas.

 

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Here, a technician uses a clean out auger to clear mud and dirt from the cored hole so the Sentricon System station can fit securely in the ground and be covered with a concrete core cap.

 

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Each station was upgraded with Recruit™ HD termite bait. During the upgrade, all of the stations received new core caps so the installation would be secure, and look clean and consistent.

 

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Not only structures like Independence Hall need protection from termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites in the U.S. annually cause over $5 billion in damage. Local Dow AgroSciences representative Jeremy Adamson (pictured above,) says, “The Sentricon® System is proven in over 60+ published, peer-review scientific studies to eliminate termite colonies, and Sentricon has been successfully used to protect over 2 million structures. It works by killing the termite queen, not just individual termites. That eliminates the entire colony and removes the threat of damage from termites at historic structures, commercial properties, and residential homes.” In fact, the Sentricon System is the most recognized brand of termite protection by consumers1.

 

Independence National Historical Park represents many significant moments in our nation’s history. The Sentricon System will protect this and other important structures for many years, and is proud to now have the latest technologies in place to continue protecting these treasured places. Discover more of the national landmarks that are protected by the Sentricon® System here on our website: www.sentricon.com/protect/success.htm

 

1 Jefferson Davis & Associates

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Q and A with Field Scientists for the Sentricon® System, Part 2

A compilation of interviews with Sentricon field scientists (past and present:) Michelle Smith, Dr. Joe DeMark, Dr. Joe Eger, Dr. Barb Nead-Nylander , and Dr. Neil Spomer.

Our field scientists are a great resource for information for every Certified Sentricon Specialist®. In turn, they provide answers to the questions their customers frequently ask. It’s the basis of our commitment to providing up-to-date technology that keeps your residence safe from termite colony invasion. Continue reading