Termidor is applied by licensed pest controllers to soil areas abutting
a building in order to eradicate termites as they attempt to gain
entry into the building. This provides immediate protection and reduction
of risk of on-going expensive structural timber damage from a termite
infestation, of a kind not available from alternative termite baiting
In addition, termites in contact solely with a lower concentration area, such as, in the out-reaches of a Termidor treated soil area, will not detect it's debilitating effect until a few days later - enough time to routinely transfer the Termidor active ingredient to other termites they contact. This delayed accumulative lethal effect of Termidor, aimed at eliminating the entire colony, is discussed in detail later on.
The installation of a chemical soil barrier requires expert knowledge and
specialized equipment to form a complete and continuous barrier to protect
the building from a termite entry and infestation - as illustrated below:
Trench and treat soil around external concrete slab edge
Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area
Treatment of soil along / around the external perimeter
Drill concrete floor along expansion joints and cracks, and
treat soil thereunder
Drill concrete floor around pipes and treat soil thereunder
Drill concrete patio areas and treat soil area therein - a high
risk termite nest location
| Termidor works quite differently from other termiticide soil treatment
products which are repellents, in effect designed to repel or keep
termites away from a treated soil area, rather than killing them.
This means any minute gap in the treated soil can be detected and
exploited by the termites to gain entry in the building. This is a
major short-coming of the old-fashioned termite control alternatives,
far too often, with financially disastrous consequences.
Termites tunneling in higher concentration Termidor treated soil areas
abutting the building, are killed outright, within a few hours.
Termites tunneling in the outer reaches of a Termidor (lower
concentration) treated soil area, cannot detect the Termidor
chemical which readily sticks to the termites' body. These termites
remain unaffected for a few days, before sudden death occurs.
delayed lethal effect provides enough time for the Termidor
chemical to be transferred back to the central colony nest to
infect other termites.
The "carrier" termites are able to readily spread the Termidor chemical to other termites during regular physical contact with other termites in the colony, particularly when working together in close proximity, grooming and feeding other termites, a regular function of
their daily life.
Termites cannot detect the Termidor chemical as it has virtually
no odour, taste or smell to the termites. Termites cannibalize
or carry away dead termites killed by the Termidor on their
bodies, further spreading Termidor's deadly effect to other
termite colony members.
| If you have termites in your property, we recommend
you discuss the problem with the neighbors. Obviously, several homes
close by each other with a Termidor treated soil barrier, will greatly
increase the chances of successful termite colony elimination, for
the benefit all concerned, excepting the termites.
Based on our extensive testing, published results of field trials by regulatory
authorities and the manufacturer and other industry feed-back it appears
that for buildings under heavy termite infestation, a complete Termidor
treated soil barrier thereto has a devastating effect on a termite colony
within a few weeks.
Indications are that a Termidor treated soil barrier to a building under
moderate to low termite infestation, has similar results within a
few months. FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND, in the meantime, a Termidor treated
soil barrier immediately protects the building from termite entry. The alternative
termite baiting systems cannot provide such positive assurances and immediate
protection to the building.
Based on the USA and Australian field trials and laboratory testing,
a Termidor treated soil barrier should remain termite control effective
for 5 to 10 years in a variety of situations, if it is correctly applied
at the rate required by the registered label. This means long term
protection of a kind not able to be offered by any alternative termite
colony baiting system.
Termidor is more expensive than alternative products, so BEWARE of "dodgy"
companies which undercut the required application rate in order to cut costs,
which will NOT provide the level of protection neccessary. Refer to the
CONSUMER ADVICE section later on, for tips on selecting a reliable pest