What you don't know
can cost you.
- Americans spend more than $5 billion each year dealing with termites
and repairing the damage they cause.
- Termite damage is not covered by most homeowners’ insurance
policies and can go undetected for years.
- Termites are found in every state in the United States except Alaska.
- Each year termites cause more damage to homes than tornadoes, hurricanes,
floods, and fires combined.
- Some termite species need only a space 1/64-inch wide, the thickness
of a piece of paper, to enter a home.
Tri County Termite & Pest Control will protect
To control termites, Tri County Termite & Pest Control utilizes the
innovative Termidor Termite Control System from BASF. In our opinion,
there is no equivalent to Termidor when it comes to protecting your home
Before Termidor was made available to American homeowners through Termidor
Certified Professionals, it was subject to some of the toughest tests
in history. For 12+ years, grueling USDA-Forest Service ground board and
concrete slab trials in four states tested Termidor. At every application
rate and every last location, Termidor proved 100% effective.
How Termidor's "Transfer Effect" works
The active ingredient in Termidor is fipronil and it works quite differently
from other termiticide active ingredients. Most termiticides are repellents,
which means they keep termites away from a treated area, rather than killing
them. These repellent termiticides also kill termites. However, since
the termites are repelled when they come in contact or just before actually
contacting pyrethroid treated soil, the 'killing power' is less dramatic
and if anyone took the time to count dead termites, less efficient. Termidor
is non-repellent. Termites can't detect it. Since they don't know it's
there, they forage freely in a treated area. Like other leading liquid
termiticides, Termidor is lethal to termites when they ingest it (which
they do readily since they don't know it's there). But, unlike all other
termiticides, Termidor is lethal by contact as well. Once a termite comes
into contact with Termidor, they carry it back to the colony on their
bodies. Every other termite it contacts will itself become a carrier,
contacting and infecting others. This is known as "The Transfer Effect".
Termidor is a responsible, low dose treatment.
Termidor is effective at very low application rates. Typically, when
your pest control professional applies Termidor, the active ingredient
fipronil will be just 0.06%. That's a lot lower than old-fashioned termiticides
and less than most insecticides. Termidor also binds to the soil, so there's
no leaching through rainfall or irrigation.
How long will this
treatment take to completely get rid of my termite problem?
Bait systems rely on termites to find stations, so they may take months
to begin working and years to achieve control. Liquid treatments work
significantly faster - in fact, Termidor controls 100% of termites in
three months or less, the only termite treatment to boast such efficacy
How is Termidor different from other treatment
Termidor is different from other treatment options because it's more
effective than anything else out there. Termidor has provided the longest
control on all tests at the required USDA Forest Service trials at labeled
rates, which no other termiticide can claim. It's been used to successfully
treat more than 3.5 million homes since it hit the market in 2000, and
works up to six times faster than conventional bait systems.
What to Look For
Winged "swarmers" the first sign of potential termite damage
The Midwest this year beginning in March, winged termites are expected
to appear throughout our region. These flying insects are the first sign
of termite swarm season and the creation of new, damaging termite colonies.
Termites swarm in order to start new colonies. These swarms can frighten
homeowners, especially those unaware that their home has a termite problem.
During swarming season, termite colonies send off large numbers of winged
reproductive termites, called "swarmers". Hundreds to thousands
of these swarmers often appear inside a home or building, flying a short
distance before falling to the ground and losing their wings. Soon afterwards,
female termites emit a pheromone to attract male termites for mating;
afterwards, these termites search for a location to begin a new colony.
Termite swarming is triggered by a combination of several successive
days of above average temperatures followed by a light rain. .
There are several simple signs of termite infestation that every homeowner
should know in order to detect and prevent the establishment of new termite
colonies in their home. Some of these signs include:
- Swarms of flying termites both inside and outside of the house
- Small, papery piles of wings on windowsills, countertops or floors
- Small piles of wood residue or shavings, as well as tiny holes in
wood, crumbling drywall and sagging doors
- Bubbled paint or visible, pencil-sized mud tubes running across concrete
or connecting soil to wood
- Termite tubes along the foundation of your home.