Premise Foam is a ready-to-use formulation of imidacloprid intended to kill subterranean species of termites and other wood-infesting insects. Premise foam comes with 2 tips that both measure 1/8 inch. One is a cone type tip and the other is an extension tip. Scroll down to bottom of page to see a picture of the tips.
Pest Management Professionals and Commercial Use Only.
Exposed wooden elements in crawl spaces, basements, or attics, unexposed wooden elements inside wall or other structural voids, exterior wooden elements in decks, fencing, or siding, channels in damaged wood, spaces between wooden elements of a structure, and junctions between wood and foundations.
Premise Foam is a ready-to-use formulation of imidacloprid intended to kill subterranean species of termites and other wood-infesting insects. Premise Foam is ideal for easy application directly from the bottle into voids and spaces between wooden elements where infestations are most common. Once applied, Premise Foam expands to reach hidden or difficult to treat areas, and contacts termites or other insects hidden deep within wall galleries or voids. Because of its active ingredient, imidacloprid, Premise Foam works differently from other termiticides which repel, rather than kill, termites. Termites tunneling or foraging in the spaces treated with Premise Foam will go about their usual activities without being repelled. The exposed termites then remain unaffected for a few days, before sudden death occurs. In the meantime, the exposed termites are able to spread the Premise chemical to unexposed termites by physical contact when they feed or groom the other termites, resulting in a domino death effect which wipes out more of the colony. Imidacloprid, the active ingredient in Premise Foam, is the most widely used insecticide in the world with a proven track record of success – less than one percent retreat rate. While Premise Foam is an effective method of controlling subterranean termites within voids and spaces between wooden elements above ground and other areas, it is not intended to be used as your sole source of control. For best results, this product should be used as a supplement to soil-applied termiticide (like Premise 2, or Premise 75WP), or a termite bait system registered as a sole control source.
Premise Foam comes in an 18oz. can with a nozzle connected to a flexible tube/straw, and two plastic tip attachments, shown below:
The longer tip is for foaming in wall voids through drywall, or for other hard-to-reach voids. When accessing a wall void through drywall, it may be necessary to drill a small whole through the drywall first, then insert the tip.
My house was hit with a swarm of termites in March and started right to work on my kitchen area. I did the usual trench and treatment outside, but it apparently didn't hit some of the the buggers, because just a few kept coming out at night. I discovered they had apparently gotten in and started a nest in the wall inside and I found a small leak where they were getting water. I fixed the leak and drilled several inconspicuous holes and treated the area around the nest and pumped the Premise into the wall. It killed the stragglers within one day! I haven't seen another one yet and believe me I've looked! It was cheap, fast & easy to use. I liked the little adaptors that came with it. The can holds an enormous amount. I highly recommend this to use for any termite infestations in the walls you find, in addition to the usual route. Especially if you want to cut a new infestation off cold like I did. Thanks!!!
Warm weather is allowing dry wood termite colonies to survive Northern California's winters. I noticed a couple of nests in my home. Since much of the nests are concealed and nearly impossible to get to, I ordered a couple of cans of Premise. The termites are supposed to carry enough back to the nests to wipe them out. In some places I drilled 1/4" holes through my drywall so I could shoot the foam between the wall studs and into the ceiling. In case I needed a second application, I did not patch the holes. It has been 6 months since the first application. I've seen no sign that any of the termites survived. Although highly effective, the treatment is short lived. Treated areas can become infested again in a few months. I plan to spray the area with Phantom to keep new colonies from forming.
I was pleased to get the foam to use in all the nooks and crannies in my basement. The foam got to where it was supposed to go and soaked into the wood but I was a little disappointed that it didn't remain as foam. Rather it broke down to a liquid and I expected it to remain a solid as does insulating foam so you would get a physical barrier as well as a chemical one. But I suppose one could apply the Premise and let it dry then caulk with a good standard caulk such as butyl.
I bought the Termiticide foam and the Termidor SC.
The package arrived ahead of schedule.
Todate I have used the Premise Foam Termiticide only, on an exterior wall which had dry wood termites where the wood met up with the concrete base. I drilled pairs of holes just large enough for the spray nozzle to go through at a height of 1 and 2 feet above the base across a six foot width. Possibly went overboard emptying 4 cans into 6 pairs of holes and the gap between the wood and concrete at the bottom. There is no sign of any activity in that area at all after the spraying.
The product is incredibly easy to apply. The only thing you have to be cognizant about is that while it foams when you apply it, it is totally invisible as soon as it dries but it is there doing it's job.
Years ago I had sprayed a can into an interior wall which had signs of termites and haven't had any problem since.
Plan to use the Termidor SC as added insurance around the periphery of the house.
How long does Premise Foam remain effective when filling voids behind a furred out wall?
Is it only for an immediate solution to eliminate an active termite problem or does it remain effective for a number of years acting as a preventative for future infestations?
Premise Foam is only an immediate solution and is not a wood treatment product that will protect the wood long term. However, we do sell the most popular wood treatment product on the market and it is called Bora-Care. It is meant to treat wood only and once applied it will last and protect the wood forever. It can only be applied to raw, untreated, unpainted wood so you would have to either spray it on a raw piece of wood or inject it through drill holes or the same openings you injected the Premise Foam into.
My house has been treated for termites. I am re-installing a raised wood floor and want to foam the outside skirt with a solid termite foam.
I purchased a termite foam at HD and it was "foam" as an application but evaporated.
Will this foam be similar to the "expanding foam" type material and form a barrier, somewhat insulating void fill?
Premise foam will work the same way as the foam you purchased else where. It will expand and fill the void so that it can contact all surfaces and then evaporate leaving behind a residual that will last several weeks. We do not carry any type of solid barrier foam products.
I have a added on family room that was treated by a company for termites.
I have an exterior wall that has damage and I recently noticed the paneling has some damage,the company that treated said their treatment took care of that but for peace of mind I would like to apply the foam.The wall in question is about four feet until it meets the patio door. Would I drill a hole on top and apply, then also one on bottom?
When using Premise Foam for termites, you need to understand that this product is not a wood treatment product. It will not penetrate through wood, so you should not just foam in the wall void. This product needs to touch the termites, and the termites are inside the wood. You need to drill directly into the damaged wood and foam directly into the wood, not the void. This product should be foamed directly into the wood where termite activity exists. The foam will fill the tunnels the termites have eaten away and will affect the termites it comes into contact with and they in turn will pass the product on to other termites they touch before they die.
Can Premise Foam be applied to an exterior wall that has insulation without expanding and damaging the wall?
I have what appears to be an active termite tube inside the house on an exterior wall. I intend to treat the soil with the trench soaking method. If I treat the location with foam in the wall, I'm concerned the expanding foam will damage the wall by expanding in the wall where there is currently insulation in the wall.
Premise Foam will expand a little bit but it will not damage insulation or your wall. Whenever you are treating termites, you should treat them directly by drilling a hole through the Sheetrock and into the stud or wood they are in. However, if the termite tube is outside and you are going to trench and treat the outside wall, that method alone will take care of the termite problem.
When used as directed on the product label Premise Foam Termiticide should not have an effect on paint. Since the manufacturer cannot test it on every type of paint, we still recommend that you test it on an inconspicuous area to be sure.