Termite Treatments are one of the most regulated areas of pest control in New Jersey. The reason is simple, the Toxicity of the Chemicals used in this type of pest control treatment.
One of the traditional methods for treatment of subterranean termites is to dig a 6 inch x 6 inch trench the around the foundation of the home. This is kind of like a mote around the castle. A chemical solution made of “water and termiticide” is mixed and the solution is poured into the newly dug trench.
What is being done is the wrapping of the home’s perimeter with a protective chemical barrier. The chemicals used in this application are known as “termiticides. A typical single family home can easily require 100 to 150 gallons of termiticide solution.
Termite treatments must be done to the entire perimeter of the home, it is a requirement in most cases by NJ State Regulation. A complete termite treatment will surround all four sides of the home’s foundation.
In some of the treatments there is impermeable surface and the solution can not penetrate the ground. In these situations drilling into the home’s foundation, the front stoop, concrete walkways or slabs will be required. Usually the drilling is spaced 12” apart.
After the drilling a chemical solution is inserted into the holes and the holes are plugged and sealed with new concrete.
The termiticides are designed with agents allowing them to bond with the soil and remain intact and potent for 7-10 years or longer. One of the concerns with this type of treatment is that the barrier needs to be continuous surrounding the foundation to be effective. Any break in this barrier and termites may infiltrate the structure.
Another concern is the toxicity of the chemicals. These treatments can impact some vegetation in the garden, shrubs and landscaping. It is safe to say they are somewhat toxic to say the least. The other thing is that these chemical treatment do not address the termite colony, it may not be affected.
We found a better way to address “Termites and their Colonies”.
We use scientifically proven “Termite Baiting Systems”.
These systems were first introduced in the 1990’s. They have been field tested with conclusive data to prove their success.
These systems are in-ground stations/canisters designed specifically for the Baiting &Monitoring of subterranean termites. We install these stations around the perimeter of the home. We then monitor each station on a regular/periodic schedule throughout the year.
When evidence of termite activity is present we treat that immediate area.
The HEX-PRO System by DOW Agro Sciences, LLC.
Registered under the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative. The active ingredient is “hexaflumuron” in Shatter Termite bait. Shatter termite bait contains an insect growth regulator (IGR), which prohibits successful molting and development of termites.
The first step is to establish the prime foraging areas of the termites. These areas are treated immediately with our “active ingredient” “hexaflumuron” in Shatter Termite bait.
The remaining in ground monitors where activity is unknown are baited with a termite friendly wood lure. When the bait is taken and we have confirmation of an active presence of foraging Termites we swap our initial lure the wooden “Bait Cartridge” with the active ingredient “hexaflumuron” the Shatter Termite bait.
The Termites never see it coming. In fact, when the termites find our bait, and we have active foraging termites in our ground stations we transplant them with the active ingredient. They in turn take the new bait back to nest and share it with the colony.
The “active ingredient” in Shatter Termite Bait is an insect growth regulator that stops the termites molting process, meaning they are unable to grow. As a result, they die. That’s how the colony is eliminated.
Instead of using the traditional methods as discussed above and chemically treating the entire perimeter of the home, we only treat where the Termites are actively present. This approach to termite treatment is no doubt “environmentally sensible”.