Termidor not working?
Termidor not working? Everyday unsuspecting homeowners across Metro Phoenix are left with the impression that Termidor is the “silver bullet” of termite control and the only product that eliminates Arizona termite infestations. Termite sales people are trained to promote Termidor. “It’s the best!” The bottom line is that most salesman work on commission. Don’t believe everything a salesman tells you.
Is Termidor the best termiticide to use in Arizona? Sometimes, but not always.
Termidor is a good product and will eliminate termites when properly mixed and applied. The key to success and/or failure is mixture, application and consideration of the environment.
Termidor is applied like any other termite chemical, it is mixed with water and is applied to the soil around your home. According to the manufacturer, Termidor (active ingredient – fipronyl) works as a “cell degenerator” and therefore has a slow killing effect on the termites – usually 90 days. It is passed off to the other termites through “lipophilic” or “through the skin” contact and is trans-located around the colony network by the termites and body to body contact. No feeding is necessary as is the case with bait systems. Because Termidor works in such a slow manner, we recommend subsequent follow up inspections to insure that it is working properly. The colony elimination properties of Termidor have not yet been proven in the United States.
Termidor is considered a non-repellant in that termites do not detect its presence. Non-detection is essential to the success of Termidor. Repellant type termiticides will (initially) kill termites on contact; however Arizona termites will eventually work around and avoid treated locations.
The majority of Termidor failures when termidor not working can be traced to product placement and/or improper mixture. Termidor will not work unless the target pest comes in contact with it. Creating a continuous Termidor barrier around and under your home is critical. Treating plumbing voids and hidden stress cracks are important.
When termite infestations persist after treating all access points, it’s time to look at how the batch of Termidor not working was mixed.
The key to Termidor’s success is the non-repellant aspect…termites do not detect its presence.
Termidor should only be mixed in a clean tank that has not been used for any other chemical. No other products should be mixed with Termidor. Tanks previously used to apply other chemicals will contaminate Termidor and allow termites to detect and evade the treatment barrier.
If a home has been previously treated for termites it’s important to investigate what product was used, where and how long ago. Introducing Termidor over the top of an existing termiticide can neutralize the product(s) and be a waste of hard earned dollars. Arizona termites have the ability to detect the presence of many chemicals and will actively forage around treated areas.
Bill’s Pest Termite Control is your hometown exterminator providing safe, effective termite control services for your home or business at affordable rates. Family owned and locally operated we are the experts that other exterminators call upon when they encounter a termite infestation beyond their resources. We are Arizona’s termite experts!