Termidor Dust – perfect for baiting stations
Termidor Dust is widely used by pest managers to eliminate termites inside dwellings or outside in trees and fences. Well aware of its effectiveness on termites, a growing number of pest managers are now using Termidor Dust as their product of choice to apply to termites found in baiting stations.
Termite baiting stations are a common form of termite detection. Once termites are found a baiting station provides the perfect opportunity for colony elimination.
Most commercial termite baiting systems recommend, or are sold with, a specific termiticide – usually an insect growth regulator (IGR). Several IGR’s are approved for use in termite baiting stations, but they all work in the same manner, that is, as chitin synthesis inhibitors. Though usually effective, one of their weaknesses is that they are slow acting.
Scott Kleinschmidt, Technical Manager for BASF Pest Control Solutions is someone who knows a lot about termites and Termidor. He sees a great opportunity for pest managers with Termidor Dust, “Many pest managers complain about the slow action of insect growth regulators. When termites are found the homeowner wants to see them eliminated quickly. At best, an IGR may eliminate a colony in 4-6 weeks, but in my experience it take months, and often only suppresses the colony.”
While termites continue to be active, they are still doing damage, creating frustration for the homeowner and creating more work for the pest manager with extra “call backs” and assurances to the client that “everything is OK.”
According to Mr Kleinschmidt, “Pest managers should consider using Termidor Dust when they discover termites in bait stations. The fast action of Termidor Dust will lead to quicker cessation of termite activity, and colony elimination – usually in less than four weeks.”
IGR’s have been favored for baiting systems because their slow action means the termiticide gets carried back to the heart of the colony. This is in contrast to fast acting products which kill the termites before they have the opportunity to transfer the termiticide back to the colony.
“Where Termidor stands out is its unique ‘Transfer Effect’. Termites will carry the Termidor back to the heart of the colony, and through the process of grooming and contact, pass the termiticide on to other colony members.
“Termidor dust is not too fast, or too slow in its action. It has the right speed of action that will deliver a good result faster, and more decisively than an IGR.”
Termidor Dust has a unique edible cellulose carrier, “The carrier is highly palatable and the termites actively eat the cellulose meaning that they cannot escape ingesting the Termidor.”
This unique formulation of Termidor Dust was developed in Australia by Mr Kleinschmidt and the concept has been patented by BASF. The cellulose carrier formulation is so effective that it is now being used in North America and parts of Asia.
With its great reliability and reputation, pest managers can use Termidor Dust with great confidence.
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