:) I was afraid of that. So are there no products which are advisable to repel
:) termites from the bottom of the wall? I know with other bugs if you apply a
:) chemical in an area, they won't go near it.
Almost any product will do that, you are needing one
that you won't be reapplying into the baseboards on
:) Is it because of the tubes that they're particularly resistant to this? In
:) other words, even if there is repellant on the sill, that if they get a tub
:) established, they can move right past the noxious zone into areas they can
Depending on the product and the ability to sacrifice
thousands of a group so the colony survives. They can
build the tubes through treated zones.
:) So I presume that to protect a sheet of plywood, you'd need to spray both
:) AND get the edges, too...
Yepper...actually in what you are trying to do, if by
chance the area is next to a untreated bath trap area,
and they come up and get to wood you weren't able to
treat, they could still cause damage to the wood you
treated from traveling inside the lumber and crossing
into the next piece where the two pieces meet.
:) > The active ingredient
:) > is the same as what is used for flea control in
:) > Frontline.
:) Just curious, what would that be?
Frontline is Fipronil used at 9.7%. Termidor is
Fipronil used at either .06% or .125%.
:) > Termites find their food randomly they don't detect a
:) > meal and head to it.
:) Right, but the more yummy food in a given area, the more random foraging will
:) find it and the more termites will follow the trail to the banquet. I don't
:) know much about termites but I know what happens if you drop a small piece of
:) cake on the driveway and wait for the ants :-)
:) > That is one of the downfalls to the
:) > baiting. They may find the baits and they may instead
:) > still find your house with baits just inches away.
:) I always worried about that; and is part of the reason I wouldn't mind a spot
:) treatment for the short term. At the very least, it's obvious that baits
:) long-term solution at best since they need to be found and consumed; and as
:) say, if they're attacking the house, they may have less reason to find the
:) since they have a direct line to food. Hence that's one of the reason to
:) them from a zone where I KNOW they once were; make them resort to foraging,
:) again, and hopefully find baits and other chemicals.
That is why for subterranean termites, treatment for
them is attacking where they come from, the ground,
whether it be the old style products that just creates a
chemical shield for them or the newer products that they
get into or find in their foraging zone. Unless there is
a moisture problem going on, they can not survive
without returning to the ground, so any in the walls at
time of a treatment will not survive.
:) > I am guessing you have baited with terminate stakes.
:) Yes. I later found a few of them and they were empty. So I put out more. I
:) tend to feel that long-term, they are the best solution; maybe I should put
:) a TON of them.
Aren't they $50-$70 or more a box? 10 boxes, about the
cost of having a home treated properly. :)
:) That's an interesting thought. Although I've never had any activity with
:) SURFACE wood, with the exception of a board which had been dropped around the
:) corner of the yard. I may try sticking the wood down IN the ground and then
:) stake the area. Question - what kinds of wood are most appealing?
Yellow pine would be the most common you could find.
Cardboard would probably get them faster.
:) > You should get some
:) > kills and stop the activity in a few days, but it will
:) > only effect a small percentage of the colony.
:) And what will actually kill the whole colony?
Sentricon and Exterra baits from professionals. Termidor
as a liquid treatment by professionals.
:) BTW - I believe it's possible the colony was in the neighbors' yard. They
:) an entire covered porch nearly destroyed and their swarming was intense.
:) only had trickles of swarming and the worst I've found was my door frame.
I believe the thought is in the South you can be
looking at 7-15 established colonies per acre.
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