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Shona from Dallas, Tx writes

How long is Termidor SC in soil a problem for a vegetable garden?

We had Termidor applied to our soil a little over 5 years ago. We just planted a vegetable garden in the soil where it was applied. Do we need to discard and start over with new soil or has enough time passed? Does it wear off? Also if we handled the soil, is that a problem? We have a 5 year old who wants to do the gardening.


You should not plant anything edible in the same soil that was treated with Termidor SC. Termidor SC persists in soil for at least 10 years and it is not labeled to be used in places where edible plants will be grown. If you really do want to plant a vegetable garden in an area that was treated with Termidor SC you will need to remove all of the soil and replace it with untreated soil. You should note though that if the soil is removed and it is in the termite treatment barrier zone you will be left with a hole in your termite barrier.  When handling the soil it would be recommended to wear gloves and to wash hands thoroughly after.

Answer last updated on: 10/24/2013

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