Ku-Ring-Gai Pest Control
Termites can destroy your home
Termites are increasingly causing major
structural damage to buildings throughout Australia and striking fear into the
hearts of homeowners.
With the home so often the major family asset, and termite infestation being essentially uninsurable, homeowners are desperately seeking
reliable protection against termites. Termites can be found throughout mainland Australia. They live in a central nest or colony, from which
they forage over large areas in search of timber, their staple food. Once a source is found, worker termites strip and partially digest the timber
before returning to the nest to feed the
colony. Some colonies may contain over one million hungry termites, and the
timber used to build
homes provides a very attractive meal. Attacking in large numbers, termites can feed to the point of leaving only a thin timber veneer, and this
can happen in a matter of months. Since the banning of older but effective chemistry in the 1980’s as a result of environmental concerns,
there has been a frenzied search for a termite control product (termiticide) that offers real, long-term control with fast initial kill, no smell and
low toxicity to humans and pets.
Effective termite control is here
After many years of patient research, the solution has finally arrived. The Termidor Inside-Out program.
How to turn termites Inside-Out
Termidor now comes in two formulations, Termidor Dust and Termidor Residual Termiticide (Termidor), the perfect combination, both inside
and outside your home, to ensure complete termite nest elimination and full protection from future termite attack.
Termidor Dust is the culmination of over 10 years research in Australia to find the perfect termite nest elimination product. Termidor Dust is
applied by professional Pest Control Operators directly on to the termites, either inside your house or onto activity around the yard (trees, fences etc).
Termidor Dust is also perfect for treating active termite bait stations.
After treatment, the termites carry the dust particles on their bodies and eventually back to the nest (where ever that may be) via the unique
Transfer EffectTM . Extensive Australian research proves that it takes as little as 2 to 4 weeks for total termite elimination. this is much faster than
expensive baiting systems and you will not require numerous visits from the Pest Control Operator to achieve success. Eradication of one
termite colony with Termite Dust does not guarantee protection form a future attack by other colonies in the area. Termite dusting is not designed
and should not be used as a stand alone treatment. Therefore a continuous chemical treatment such as Termidor Residual Termiticide should be
applied immediately following successful eradication of termite activity in the home to ensure protection in the future.
TERMIDOR RESIDUAL TERMITICIDE
Termidor is applied as a continuous chemical soil zone around and under the home. Some termiticides are repellent and rely on keeping
termites away from treated structures. While such products are toxic to termites, very few of the termites are actually killed before being
repelled by the termiticide barrier. As a result, termites remain alive and actively seek gaps in the barrier in order to gain access to the
building. They do this day after day, year after year until they find a way through.
Termidor is non-repellant to termites. This means that they cannot detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. As a result,
termites continue to randomly forage though the soil until they encounter Termidor and pick up a lethal dose.
Termidor moves only a small distance outward from the site of application before binding tightly to organic matter in the soil.
This means that Termidor concentration decreases with increasing distance from the site.
Termites first come into contact with Termidor at the edge of the treated zone as they tunnel through soil toward the home. At this point,
the product is at its lowest concentration.
Those termites that do not immediately continue tunnelling into the Termidor treated zone will survive long enough to transfer Termidor to
others in the colony through normal feeding and grooming.
This unique Transfer EffectTM is devastating to other termites not directly exposed to the Termidor treated zone, and indeed may wipe
out the entire colony. If termites continue to tunnel into the treated soil where Termidor concentration is higher, they will die more quickly.
This means that Termidor is two termite treatments in one.
THEN WHY USE THE TERMIDOR DUST?
There are some situations where termites may be present in the house with no connection to the exterior. This may have occurred because
of a previous treatment conducted with older termite control products that are repellent, thus trapping them inside with no choice but to feed
solely on the house timbers. Also, leaking plumbing inside the house can create conditions where the termites do not need to return to the
soil for their moisture source. Under these conditions, no liquid treatment will be effective. However, Termidor Dust will eliminate them from
Termite activity is on the increase in Australia and the the Pest Control Operators are busy people, therefore upon inspecting a house and
confirming termite activity, it may be several weeks before they can return to apply a Termidor treatment. However, the Pest Control Operator
may apply Termidor Dust to eliminate activity before applying the preventative Termidor treated zone to the soil. The Australian Standard for
termite control states that an initial remedial treatment, such as a dusting, be conducted before installing a chemical treated zone.
TERMIDOR INSIDE-OUT CONTROLS TERMITES
The performance of Termidor has been proven around the world, in all types of conditions, and in the most difficult-to control situations.
Termidor has been extensively tested under Australian conditions, including the treatment of 22 termite-infested houses across five states
under an experimental use permit. The results were outstanding and are illustrated in the graph below. In every state, 100% control was
achieved within 9 weeks. On average, termite activity was eliminated within 4.3 weeks*. (* BASF Data, 2002.)
EUP Commercial Trials. 22 Buildings treated during 2002 in Australia.
CSIRO Forest Products continues to monitor Termidor treated soil trials in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia,
with excellent results observed against Australia’s major termite pests Coptotermes acinaciformis and Mastotermes darwiniensis even 8 years
after treatment. The following graph illustrates the mean distance tunnelled by termites ( Coptotermes acinaciformis) into soil treated with the
label rate of Termidor. Both weather-exposed and covered sites were assessed.
This data confirms that termites are controlled before they can tunnel through the Termidor treated soil barrier and reach the home, even 8 years
after the product was applied. Termidor has also created excitement in the USA by being the first product since those banned in the 1980’s to
provide 100 % control of termites at all U.S. Department of Agriculture field testing sites. The most recent reports indicate Termidor was still
providing 100% control 8 years after treatment, while a number of competitor products failed much earlier. This is illustrated in the table below.
Source: USDA Tenth Progress Report
# imidacloprid applied at 0.1%. This is the registered rate of Premise®1 200SC for control of Mastotermes only
and 2x the rate for all other species.
Termidor has been used in more than 50,000 structures in Europe and more than 2.6 million structures in the USA. Termidor use is expanding rapidly
throughout Asia. In Thailand, Termidor is now the biggest selling termiticide in the most difficult tropical conditions.
Termidor and the environment
When applied according to the label directions, Termidor has minimal impact on the environment. Termidor is applied at some of the lowest doses of
any of the termiticides available today, and the active ingredient has been registered in household pet products in Australia since 1996. Termidor has
been assessed by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and is fully approved for use in domestic and commercial situations.
Termidor is water-based and has no odour. Termidor will not leach through soil and is not damaging to soil microorganisms, earthworms and plants.
The Termidor Inside-Out program provides highly effective, long-term residual termite control.
With a unique mode of action, the Termidor Inside-Out program will not only eliminate the current activity (including the nest) but will provide proven
protection against termite entry and sill continue to control termites for at least 8 years.
When compared with other termiticides, Termidor has consistently provided termite control over a significantly longer period. Termidor also controls
termite populations more rapidly than baiting systems which rely on attracting termites to begin to work.
The Termidor Inside-Out program can only be applied by a licensed pest control operator to ensure that the treatment is successful.
For control of termites and peace of mind, insist on Termidor
• DO have your licensed Pest Control Operator conduct thorough inspections of your
home and surrounds at least every 12 months, and more frequently in high risk situations.
• DO keep all sub-floor areas clean, dry and well ventilated where possible.
• DO fix up leaking plumbing e.g.: downpipes, gutters and taps, and ensure that there
is good drainage around the house.
• DO NOT build up soil, mulch or garden beds against the house.
• DO NOT store timber or wood-based materials under or against the house.
Termidor delivers these outstanding
• Unique mode of action for unequalled termite control
• Fast elimination of termite activity
• Unique “Transfer Effect”
• Low dose
• No odour
• No effect on soil micro-organisms, earth worms and plants
• Long-term residual control
Termidor Hotline: Free Call 1800 006 393
The information submitted in this publication is based on current BASF knowledge and experience. In view of the many factors that may affect its
application, this data does not relieve the user from carrying out their own tests. The data does not imply assurance of certain properties or of
suitability for a specific purpose. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that any proprietary rights and existing laws and legislation are observed.
® = Registered trademark of BASF.
© 2007 BASF Australia Ltd.
Termidor should be applied by licensed Pest Control Operators only.
To make an appointment for a termite inspection/treatment, general pest treatment or to obtain further information on prices and warranties
phone Ku-Ring-Gai Pest Control on Tel: (02) 9456-2378
Michael Simmons is an accredited Termidor Applicator
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