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Questions & Answers on Termidor® Termiticide/Insecticide from a Homeowner’s Perspective

Q: What is Termidor?
A: Termidor remains the leading liquid termiticide by providing 100 percent control of termites within three months or less.

Q: What types of termites does Termidor control?
A: Termidor controls subterranean termites, including Formosan termites, which are the most destructive species in the United States. Formosan termites account for 80 percent of the $2.5 billion in annual destruction and control of termites in homes and buildings.

Q: Throughout the years, other products have promised homeowners protection from termites.  How can homeowners be sure that Termidor works?
A:  Termidor has been used on more than 1 Million homes nationwide with unprecedented success.  Through eight years of trials by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Termidor has been proven to provide 100 percent control of subterranean termites in all tests at all locations.  In addition, more than 120 single family dwellings and apartments from New York to Hawaii have been treated with Termidor under state and federal experimental use permit (EUP) authorization since 1997.  All of these sites ranged widely in size, structure, climatic zone and soil type.  In every dwelling, 100 percent control of termites was achieved within three months. 

Q: Where can homeowners buy Termidor?
A: Termidor is a product that is purchased and applied by licensed pest management professionals (PMPs) who have been trained as a Termidor-certified professional.  Homeowners should request that their PMPs use Termidor in the termite treatment programs developed for their homes.

Q: Where can a homeowner find a PMP who offers Termidor treatments?
A: Termidor is currently available to PMPs nationwide.  Only PMPs who have been properly trained as a Termidor-certified professional have authorization to use and purchase the product.  Homeowners are encouraged to call their local PMP to see if he/she is certified to use Termidor.  For a complete list of Termidor-certified PMPs, homeowners can visit the Termidor Web site,  Homeowners also can call 1-877-TERMIDOR to obtain a list of Termidor-certified PMPs in their area.

Q: How fast will Termidor work once applied properly to a home?
A: Termidor has consistently shown exceptional results by providing 100 percent control within three months or less.  That’s significantly faster than termite
baiting systems, which typically take six to 18 months to control termites. 

Q: How does a PMP apply Termidor to a home?
A: Only licensed PMPs who are trained as a Termidor-certified professional can apply Termidor to a home.  Termidor is a liquid that is applied after it is diluted and mixed with water.  The PMP will apply Termidor along the foundation walls of the home to create a continuous treatment zone. The application method is called trenching and rodding, and may sometimes require drilling holes into the concrete foundation of the home for maximum protection.  A PMP may also need to conduct an interior treatment of the home, depending on the extent of the termite infestation and damage.

Q: Can Termidor be used in both residential and commercial termite control?
A: Yes, a PMP may choose to treat most any type of structure that is at risk for termite damage.  These structures may include residential homes, churches, office buildings and schools.

Q: How long does it take to complete a Termidor application?
A: A Termidor application program at a residential location is typically completed by a trained PMP in a half day.

Q: Does Termidor have or leave an odor?
A: No, Termidor is odor-free.

Q: What makes Termidor different from other termite control options, such as baits?
A: Termidor remains the leading liquid termiticide by providing 100 percent control within three months or less.  No other termite-control product can provide this type of assurance.  Termidor works faster than termite baiting systems, which typically take six to 18 months to control termites. Termidor’s active ingredient, fipronil, works differently to control termite infestation.  Termidor’s unique mode of action, known as the “Transfer EffectÔ,” controls termites by both ingestion and contact, which puts Termidor in a class by itself.

Most termite products on the market are repellents.  Repellents keep termites away from the treated area rather than killing them on site.  Termidor is a non-repellent.  Therefore, when Termidor is applied to the soil around a structure, termites are unaware of its presence and eventually contact or ingest the termiticide.  Some termiticides rely on ingestion alone to kill termites. Termidor controls termites through ingestion and contact.  Termites don’t have to ingest Termidor to die from its effect.  Termites can pick up Termidor on their bodies and unknowingly carry lethal doses back to their colony, killing others they contact on the way.

Q: What will a Termidor treatment cost?
A: The cost of a Termidor treatment varies and largely depends on the agreement a homeowner has with his/her local pest control company.
A Termidor treatment plan generally will cost less than a termite baiting system and will provide more effective, longer lasting control.

Q: Is Termidor safe around children and pets? Does Termidor address homeowners’ concerns for safety?
A:  For starters, Termidor is one of the most thoroughly reviewed termiticides in history – a fact that should provide an unprecedented level of confidence to homeowners.  Termidor is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and can only be applied by a PMP who has been trained in correct application methods. 

Termidor is effective at considerably low application rates.  Most PMPs will apply the product so that the fipronil content is approximately 0.06%, which is much lower than termiticide application rates in years past.  Besides its low application rates, Termidor also has other features to ease homeowners’ concerns.  For instance, Termidor bonds to the soil in which it is applied, so homeowners need not worry about leaching through rainfall or irrigation.  In addition, Termidor’s active ingredient, fipronil, has been used extensively on food crops around the world and on dogs and cats for flea and tick control since 1995.

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