Frequently Asked Questions
How can I reduce my chances for getting termites?
Don't place shrubs or other plants near the foundation
of your house. Don't put mulch, especially wood chip mulch, next to the house.
Don't affix wooden trellises to exterior walls. Keep wood debris, fire wood and
scrap lumber away from the house. Remove infested trees and stumps. If you have
a leaking water spigot/faucet on the outside of your house, fix the leak. Be
certain that the downspouts from the gutters drain away from the house. Be
certain that the finished soil grade also drains away from the house. Avoid
having a sprinkler system that splashes onto your house or a sprinkler system
where the emitter heads are nearly adjacent to the outside walls of your house.
Termites are attracted to wood and wet soil conditions - so the goal is to keep
cellulose based products away from your house as well as do what you can to keep
things dry near the house.
My house is built on a slab - doesn't that make it
Slab construction offers many opportunities for termites
to gain entrance through expansion joints, cracks and minute gaps around
plumbing. Termites will not penetrate solid concrete, but they can penetrate
very small minute concrete cracks. Once you carpet a slab do you know if minute
concrete cracks have occurred? Carpeting over a slab can hide such cracks.
What makes Termidor different from other termite
Termites can't detect it. They forage freely in a
treated area. Termidor is lethal to termites that ingest or contact it. A
termite carries it back to the colony and infects every other termite they
How quickly does Termidor work?
Termites that come in contact with Termidor (either
directly or through contact with infected termites) will die in 3 months or
How long does it last?
For 5 years. Your pest control professional will conduct
inspections annually to make sure that it's still working.
Will it kill all of the termites, or just some?
Termidor's unique mode of action achieves 100% control
of termites in 3 months or less. This 'termite control' is not just limited to
the termites who happen to forage in the soil treated with Termidor. Termites
are social insects living in large nests, often underground. Our research has
shown that termites foraging through treated soil come in contact with Termidor
but do not die quickly, these contaminated termites contact others in the nest
(by food transfer, grooming or just climbing over and rubbing against each
other) and transfer Termidor to these other termites. No other termiticide or
termite-control system has achieved the same level of efficacy as Termidor.
What type of termites does Termidor control?
Termidor is effective against Subterranean termite
species as well as Drywood termites.
Does Termidor have an odor?
No, Termidor is odor free.
Is Termidor safe?
The active ingredient in Termidor, fipronil, has been
used since 1995 for flea and tick control on millions of cats and dogs. Termidor
is fully approved by the EPA as well as other government authorities around the
Can I apply it myself?
No. Termidor can and must only be applied by a Certified
Termidor Professional. Type your zip code into the search box at the top of this
page to find a Termidor Certified Professional in your area.
Is Termidor Available Everywhere?
Currently, Termidor is registered in all states except
New York and Alaska.