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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

Sentricon® Termidor
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

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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

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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

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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