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Termites

DIY Termite Control

Termites have an incredibly long history. They have lived on Earth for more than 250 million years. While termites can be helpful in breaking down rotting wood in the environment, these wood-destroying insects also can cause extensive damage to our modern day structures. Occasionally, referred to as “silent destroyers,” termites may leave few readily observable signs of activity as they consume wood, drywall, sheetrock and various other forms of building materials used in construction of walls, ceilings and floors. Experts estimate that termites damage more than 600,000 homes in the United States annually. In fact, termites cause more damage to U.S. homes (annually) than tornadoes, hurricanes, wind, and hail-storms combined. Each year, U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion to control termites and repair termite damage. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), control methods and repairs for damage caused by Formosan termites – the most destructive species of subterranean termite – account for more than $1 billion of this total.

Native Eastern Subterranean Termites

These termites are the most common in North America. They are 10 millimeters in length, with dark brownish-black bodies. Colonies are most often located in the ground. They can eat up to five grams of spring wood per day. Chemical treatments and baiting systems work best to eliminate termites.

Southeastern Dry wood Termites

As the name implies, these termites are prevalent in the Southeastern region of the United States. They are 11 to 12 millimeters long, with pale yellowish brown to pale reddish brown bodies. Southeastern dry wood termites fly to structures and infest exposed wood, such as door frames and siding, later infesting attics. Fumigation and direct wood treatment are the most effective methods of control.

Formosan Termites

This termite, originating in China, is best known for its large size, colony and ability to consume large amounts of wood. Formosan termites are 14 to 15 millimeters long and are pale to brownish yellow. Damage to wood is done in layers and soil is present. They often nest above ground as well as infesting homes, trees and landscape timbers. Chemical treatments and in-ground baiting systems, as well as direct wood treatments are typical control methods.

 

Choose from our suggested DIY termite control products.

  • Advance Termite Bait Station

    Advance Termite Bait Station

    Advance Termite Bait Station - (TBS) WHITMIRE MICRO-GEN'S ADVANCE TERMITE BAIT SYSTEM IS AN IN-GROUND MONITORING SYSTEM SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR TERMITES. THE TERMITE BAIT SYSTEM CONSISTS OF SEVERAL COMPONENTS THAT WORK TOGETHER TO CONTROL TERMITE...

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  • Termidor SC 20 oz bottle

    Termidor SC

    Termidor SC Termiticide/Insecticide is used for the control of termites, including subterranean, formosan, and drywood termites, carpenter ants, and nuisance ant species such as Argentine ants, big-headed ants, odorous house ants, crazy ants,...

    $79.95
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  • Bifen IT Insecticide/Termiticide

    Bifen IT

    Bifen IT insecticide is comparable to the very popular Talstar. Bifen IT contains 7.9% bifenthrin which is an insecticide and termiticide that provides excellent control of over 75 insect pests, leaves a long-lasting residual...

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  • Taurus SC Termiticide 78 oz bottle Taurus SC Termiticide 20 oz bottle

    Taurus SC Termiticide

    Taurus SC with 9.1% Fipronil (the same active ingredient as the popular Termidor SC) provides best-in-class control of termites, ants and a wide variety of other insect pests including spiders, roaches, ticks and many more. It is labeled to treat for...

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  • Termidor FOAM

    Termidor FOAM

    Termidor FOAM contains Fipronil, the same active ingredient as Termidor SC, in a RTU (ready-to-use) foam that is labeled for termites and ants. Perfect for spot treatments, Termidor FOAM expands rapidly creating a dry foam that can be applied in the...

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  • Premise 75 Termiticide

    Premise 75 Termiticide

    Premise termiticide products provide professional-grade, long-lasting and effective termite control. Premise 75 can be used to do an in-ground perimeter treatment around a home's foundation to prevent termite infestation or for treating localized areas...

    $79.95
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  • Bifen XTS

    Bifen XTS

    Bifen XTS is an oil based insecticide that contains 25.1% bifenthrin and provides water resistant, long lasting residual control. Broad-label Bifen XTS is an excellent choice for PMP's and customers looking for a high performance, cost effective...

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  • Phantom Termiticide/Insecticide

    Phantom Termiticide Insecticide

    Phantom Termiticide Insecticide is for indoor/outdoor use and kills termites, ants, cockroaches, and now bed bugs, through a powerful non-repellent active ingredient. Pests can't even detect Phantom, so they walk right over it and then spread it to...

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  • Alpine Ant and Termite Foam

    Alpine Termite and Ant Foam - 20 oz.

    ALPINE INTRODUCES THE FIRST NON-REPELLENT FOAM EFFECTIVE ENOUGH TO BE USED WITH TERMIDOR FOR TERMITES AND ANTS. FINALLY, A BASF-APPROVED FOAM PARTNER FOR TERMIDOR TERMITICIDE/INSECTICIDE HAS ARRIVED ! NEW ALPINE ANT AND TERMITE FOAM WON'T COMPROMISE...

    $25.95
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  • Advance termite inspection cartridge

    Advance Termite Inspection Cartridge

    Advance Termite Inspection Cartridge - (TIC) WIDELY USED BY PROFESSIONAL TERMITE EXTERMINATORS, THE BAIT SYSTEM IS USED TO MONITOR THE PRESENCE OF TERMITES AND EXTERMINATE THEM ONCE THEY'RE FOUND. Advance Termite Bait Kit offers a complete solution...

    As low as $5.29
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