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Old 09-18-2012, 07:46 AM   #16
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A termite colony has squadrons. The baits do not kill the worker who collects the pesticide laden cellulose until it enters the stomachs of the squadron. The pesticide may never make it to the other squadrons or the queen.

Imagine having a hundred huge hula hoops and tossing them around your structure. The hoops would all overlap each other. Each hoop is the food foraging circle for a termite colony. Each hoop has many squadrons that are foraging for food to support their colony. Can you feed them all? If you eliminate the hoops around your habitat, will new hoops move in? Move from 2 dimensions to 3. How deep must you go to offer bait and result in protecting your habitat?

Hide. A moat will make it worse. A desert may work (seriously). Alter the flow of water around and through your structure.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:54 AM   #17
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Baiting technology is getting better all the time. Sentricon & Dow were first. Iím of the opinion that when pheromones are isolated and incorporated into the bait, the baiting programs will have taken a great leap. We are using pheromones in german cockroach and stored product pest control.

A termite colony feeds in many locations with individual termites moving from one location to another. The Triple-Trap-Release studies have shown that, much to the surprise of pest control and entomologists. Those studies are what precipitated the research and movement into baiting. I believe that we do or will need feeding stations that are deeper into the soil, especially where basements are prevalent.

The cozy house/basement that we live in is actually harder for a termite to attack then exterior wood with direct ground contact. We as humans need to be careful about projecting our behavior into insect colonies. I wish I could make them do what I want.

As optimistic as I am about the future of baiting chemistry, we donít use it ourselves. Fipronil based products (Termidor for one) are what we use as it works well and relies on horizontal transfer similar to baits. We are a small company and donít want to have the potential warranty/liability issues that would come from a total baiting failure, which do happen.

A fipronil treatment and baiting stations, even store bought, go hand in hand as fipronil is non-repellent. Non-repellency is the direction the termite industry has gone, with much success.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:05 AM   #18
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I am one person who has had success with the bait stations. I cannot speak to the cost of them, I have a friend that works at Terminex and he installed them for free. I live about 15 feet from a river so they cannot do the Termidor treatment in the ground as is preferred. That stuff is not good for aquatic life, or so I'm told.
I did have termites entering my foundation at one point. Since the bait stations were installed I have not. I also found one station that did have termites get into it and eat some of the bait. Presumably that colony was killed off before it could reach my house. I was told that termites roam aimlessly through the ground looking for wood. When they find it they eat. If they hit the bait stations before they hit your house they will eat it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:49 PM   #19
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What part of Massachusetts are you from?
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What part of Massachusetts are you from?
I'm in Dighton.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #21
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Just an update: I decided to go with the Termidor. The pest control company is here trenching and pumping it as we speak! Thanks to everyone for their input.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:16 AM   #22
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Anyway, I got an Angie's List coupon in my email for a whole-house Termidor treatment plus 5 year warranty for $900, I am probably going to do that!
That seems a bit high to me. The Termidor runs about $200 (retail) for a 1,200 square foot house, and you can do the whole job yourself in an afternoon. It's a bit of work, but an easy DIY project.
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I use Termidor to treat the homes of all of my clients. Highly recommended.
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I know this is an old thread but it is a choice many are having to make still so would like to add my experience with the termite guy who gives the quotes with the company I chose to do my work. First off if anyone was charged 5k to Set sentricon traps, unless you live in a house the size Oprah lives in...maybe! I do not live in a small house by no means and I was quoted $805 for the traps to be set every 12 feet. The termidor was $895. The company I chose does both so has no need to recommend one over the other with similar pricing except the sentricon had a higher yearly service fee while the termidor was more of an inspection for further activity and treatment if needed. Yearly for termidor was 110 dollars. Yearly for sentricon was 300 dollars. I was told termidor has a quicker kill to the nest but you do have chemicals. Sentricon is more green friendly but can take months to a year for colony kill. Termidor requires drilling while sentricone does not. It all depends on what the customer is happy with. Some are more green conscientious. Personally I chose termidor due to the fact I had an active colony damaging my house and wanted them eradicated immediately. Also for the record sentricon does not use a stick of wood to check for activity. The bait used has been proven in the most extensive trials of any bait station to be more palatable to the termites than wood due to the higher cellulose content. Yes termites love to eat our homes But They must go to ground to the colony to feed them. Yes termites are blind. They communicate via pheromone trails and noise. They bump the earth to make vibrations. Once again, I chose termidor for my immediate needs but would feel comfortable with sentricon if I was concerned about run off. If I was purchasing a home that was termite free I might would choose the sentricon.

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