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Liquid or Bait? What’s Best for Me?

 

You want to protect your home from termites, but first you need to answer the important question: bait or liquid?

The Sentricon® System puts science to work to protect your home. A protective ring of Sentricon stations around your home turns termite foraging behavior against them. They find the bait, feed on it and take it back to the colony. The result is proven colony elimination. Alternative liquid treatment are designed to block termite access to the home by killing some or repelling them, but the colony stays in place to resume the attack if the liquid termiticide barrier is disturbed or the chemical protection breaks down naturally. In comparison, the Sentricon System bait remains fully effective thanks to regular inspection and service by a Certified Sentricon Specialist.

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With Sentricon, there’s:

  • No digging or trenching – You work so hard to keep your lawn and yard pristine, so don’t ruin it with a liquid termite treatment. Want landscaping tips to prevent termites? We’re here to help.
  • No structural drilling – With a baiting system, there is no drilling through the structural foundation.
  • No chemicals injected in the ground – The original Sentricon System is the only termite product to receive the Presidential Green Chemistry Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That means it’s environmentally responsible, and your family and pets don’t need to worry about it.
  • No trucks with chemical tanks – There’s no dealing with hundreds or even thousands of gallons of chemical solution.
  • No scheduling hassles – At work or have an appointment away from home? No worries. A pest management company can still stop by to install termite baiting systems.

Still unsure which solution is best for you? Watch this video!

  

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5 Things to Know About Termites After a Flood

 

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You know how the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers. But what if Mother Nature goes overboard and dumps a flood on you? It’s important to know that termites can survive flooding and sometimes come back stronger. The threat increases because soils around structures are wet and conducive to foraging termites. Here’s what you should know about termites post-flooding.

  1. Termites may not have gone away. Termites in tunnels near the ground surface are unlikely to survive flooding; however, that doesn’t mean the entire colony is eliminated. Termites have been known to infest structures and debris just one month after a flood. The pests can move up in trees and stumps to avoid drowning in floodwater and/or enter an immobile state that conserves oxygen. After the waters subside, termites can start foraging immediately.
  2. If you had soil washouts, a liquid barrier protection most likely is gone. Termiticides exposed to wet conditions are more prone to biological degradation than termite bait stations.
  3. If your termite protection of choice is the Sentricon® System and stations remain in the ground after the flood, your home is still protected. Noviflumuron does not leach from the Recruit® HD termite bait used in the Sentricon System. A Dow AgroSciences study confirmed that the active ingredient, noviflumuron, is stable in the highly durable matrix. Once a Sentricon station dries out, termites return to bait in the station. Most important, bait remains palatable.
  4. To be safe, Sentricon stations should be checked and replaced if necessary. A service contract includes replacement of missing stations, so call your Certified Sentricon Specialist to schedule an appointment.
  5. It’s no shock that termites are attracted to damp conditions. Post-flooding can create areas where soil needs to be graded away from your home. Stations also may have to be moved to ensure that termite control exists in newly created conducive areas. Your Certified Sentricon Specialist will take a closer look at conducive conditions during an inspection.

If you are located in a region that experiences flooding, the best way to ensure your home is protected around the clock is to call your pest management company to schedule an on-site visit.

The Sentricon® System is Ready to Take on the “Super Termites” of Southern Florida!

South Florida is one of only three places in the world where you can find both Formosan and Asian termites—considered to be the two most destructive termite species. It was previously observed that the swarming season of Asian termites occurs before Formosan termites, preventing interaction.1 Recently, perhaps as a result of climate changes, the swarming seasons overlapped, and a new “super termite” was created.2


Rapid Colony Growth
The new hybridization has scientists concerned. Although there haven’t been any documented cases of hybrid colonies existing in the wild, there are colonies being observed at the University of Florida. Researchers have noted that hybrid colonies appear to be quite vigorous, growing at almost twice the rate of either parent species. They have also witnessed that Asian termite males actually prefer to mate with Formosan termite females, not females from their own species, increasing the chance of hybrid colony formation.2


Substantial Threat to Homeowners
While many hybrid species are sterile (e.g., the mule, a horse-donkey hybrid,) it is not yet known if offspring from a Formosan-Asian termite pair are capable of reproducing. It typically takes five to eight years for a colony to produce the winged adults that leave the nest to mate.3

However, even if the resulting offspring can’t start new colonies, the damage done over the 20-year lifespan of a colony is a substantial threat to homeowners, especially in light of the increased colony-growth rate.4 As the study published by the University of Florida researchers summarizes, “a kick from a mule is as good as a kick from a donkey.5


Protect Your Home
Researchers expect the establishment of hybrid termite colonies to dramatically increase the amount of termite damage in the affected areas.4 Matthew Messenger, an entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reports that hybrid termite colonies should respond to treatment like the parent colonies.3 The Sentricon® System is an effective means of eliminating Formosan and Asian termite colonies6 and is expected to eliminate “super” termite colonies, too.

Find a Certified Sentricon Specialist™ in your area to learn more about how Sentricon can protect your home from threats posed by termites—even the “super” ones.


References

1T. Chouvenc, E. H.-Y. (2015, 03 25). Hybridization of two termite invaders. Retrieved 04 28, 2015, from YouTube (University of Florida): https://youtu.be/qAsDs0cHX84

2L. Geggel. (2015, 03 31). ‘Super’ termite hybrid may wreak havoc on Florida. Retrieved 04 29, 2015, from Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/03/31/super-termite-hybrid-may-wreak-havoc-on-florida/

3Kay, A. P. (2015, 03 25). Researchers find 2 exotic termite species mating in Florida, raising concerns about new hybrid. Retrieved 03 29, 2015, from USNews.com: http://www.usnews.com/news/science/news/articles/2015/03/25/2-exotic-termites-find-love-in-florida-worrying-researchers

4B. Buck, U. o. (2015, 03 25). Two most destructive termite species forming superswarms in South Florida, UF study finds. Retrieved 04/29/2015 from University of Florida: http://news.ufl.edu/archive/2015/03/two-most-destructive-termite-species-forming-superswarms-in-south-florida-uf-study-finds.html

5Chouvenc, T., E. Helmick & N.-Y. Su. (2015, 03 25) b. Hybridization of Two Major Termite Invaders as a Consequence of Human Activity. Retrieved 04 29, 2015, from PLOS ONE: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0120745

6Woods, C. (2005, 04 08). Double Trouble: UF/IFAS Researchers Find Another Termite  In South Florida As Destructive As Formosan “Super Termite”. Retrieved 04/30/2015 from University of Florida: http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2005/04/double-trouble-ufifas-researchers-find-another-termite-in-south-florida-as-destructive-as-formosan-super-termite/

 

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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

(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: https://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

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.

Independence Hall 1

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…

 

Independence Hall 3

…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.

 

Independence Hall 4

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.

 

Independence Hall 5

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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