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lmacmil

join:2001-01-26
South Bend, IN

Termite treatment: bait (Sentricon) vs liquid (Termidor)?

I am doing some remodeling and found evidence of termite activity (fairly recent tubes but no live bugs) in an interior wall. I have had termites and termite damage in the past and had the house treated about 20 years ago. I got 3 quotes all within a $200 range. Two were for the Sentricon bait system and one for applying Termidor around the entire perimeter of the house.

Although I like the "green" approach of the baits, the company quoting the more conventional treatment claimed they used to use the bait system but with 10' spacing, they found some termites still made their way to the house, missing the baits. This company is the only one offering a guarantee to pay for damage as long as you are under their contract, although my previous supplier did not honor this, claiming water leakage in the damaged area.

Any real world experience or recommendations for one treatment style over the other?


mityfowl
Premium
join:2000-11-06
Dallas, TX
My Pesticide company and the individual I usually work with is totally sold on Termador.


davidg
Good Bye My Friend
Premium,MVM
join:2002-06-15
none
reply to lmacmil
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Sentricon uses a wood bait and they only poison IF termites come to it. they could tunnel right past the stations and never touch the poison. with termidor there is an unbroken barrier aroudn the home and when they go past enough will get in it to kill teh colony. when we had termites a couple years ago i chose termidor before i even talked to any exterminators.
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eakes

join:2000-10-20
Richardson, TX
reply to lmacmil
I had the 'barrier' method applied several years ago. Within two years the termites were back. Every year for the next three years, the termites were back. The last time I had the Sentricon system installed and have not seen a termite since. On a couple of occasions termite activity was observed at one or more of the traps during the quarterly inspection. Those traps were fitted with the extermination product and the critters were not there at the next inspection.

Personally, I consider a barrier method a waste of time and money!

robbin
Premium,MVM
join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
kudos:1
You had a barrier applied but was it Termidor?


builderbob

@cox.net
reply to lmacmil

you get what you pay for?

a lot depends on the contractor doing the treatment. unfortunately there are folks in the industry that charge for treatments and don't apply any (termidor). termidor is a good product but as with anything else, it needs to be applied and monitored by someone who knows what their doing. some in the trade are content to sell treatment coupled with triple digit annual damage renewal contract premiums, fully prepared to hire a cut rate contractor to do damage repairs if something does happen.

both systems work if properly installed and monitored. there are factors (soil makeup, moisture, debris) that an experienced contractor will be aware of and adjust his/her treatment accordingly. if your concerned by reinfestation, there are bait monitors that can be installed in the problem area. best approach is to do monthly inspections yourself. if house is built on a slab, check for cracks and patch. termites look for moisture, if there's a leak somewhere or a downspout in the area, you need to dry it up. if there's underground wood debris, firewood etc. move it out. no entrance, no water, no food = no termites.

lmacmil

join:2001-01-26
South Bend, IN
said by builderbob :

if house is built on a slab, check for cracks and patch.
The family room, laundry and 1/2 bath are on a slab (same slab as the garage.) As you would expect, the living space floors are covered with carpeting or vinyl so cracks can't be seen. I will never buy another house with slab construction.


builderbob

@cox.net

DIY

folks tend to go overboard when termite infestation is found. if you don't see swarms in spring, any tubes found may be old. one solution might be to rebuild with pressure treated lumber. more expense but may be worth the peace of mind? you can also pretreat lumber (DIY) with borate spray. I would replace all material that appears infested.

robbin
Premium,MVM
join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
kudos:1
As far as do-it-yourself is concerned, Termidor is readily available online. It is not a really dangerous chemical. Termidor contains the active ingredient Fipronil which is the same ingredient in Frontline flea preventative for dogs and cats. Frontline plus has an additional ingredient (Methoprene). The point is Termidor is not extremely dangerous to humans or hazardous to apply.

JoshuaCollar

join:2008-12-26
10726

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The fact is a fact! Termidor also helped us get rid of termites and as far as I have read on do it yourself forums it's the most recommended tool/method/substance for termite extermination. And the price is ok!

Well, you won't see daily such a thread on DSL forums

Josh