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Taurus SC Termiticide

Taurus SC with 9.1% Fipronil (the same amount of a.i. 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 subterranean, arborel, drywood, and dampwood termites.  Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide that is undetectable to target pests, allowing them touch, ingest and spread the insecticide throughout the entire colony. For termites, Taurus SC will eliminate termite colonies in less than 90 days on average, and ant infestations can be controlled in just a few weeks.

Taurus SC is labeled for OUTDOOR USE ONLY.  The only exception is for indoor spot treatments inside wall voids for termites. Please follow all label directions carefully before use.

More than two applications of Taurus SC per calendar year can be made only if applied according to one of the following frequency and dilution rate application scenarios. DO NOT exceed the specified number of applications per calendar year.

The use directions include up to four (4) applications per year at the 0.03% dilution rate for outside surfaces and along the foundation perimeter of listed structures.

0.03% 4 times/calendar year OR

0.06% 2 times/calendar year OR

0.03% 2 times/calendar year and 0.06% 1 time/calendar year

These directions do NOT apply to CALIFORNIA. California may only do 2 applications a year. 

CANNOT be used on pets for any reason.

Available Sizes:

  • 20 oz bottle
  • 78 oz bottle
  • 2.5 gallon bottle
  • Case (4 x 78 oz bottles)



How Taurus SC Works

Taurus SC Termiticide contains the same active ingredient as the popular Termidor SC, the non-repellent Fipronil. Fipronil belongs to the phenylpyrazole family of insecticides, acting primarily as a GABA inhibitor, attacking the central nervous system of target pests. Fipronil is extremely effective, yet it works slowly enough on target insect pests to take advantage of the natural food-sharing habits of social insects, particularly termites and ants. This means that the fipronil in Taurus SC spreads throughout the entire colony, killing not just those insects that come in contact with the direct spray or residual, but all the others they contact, resulting in colony elimination.

Target Pests

Subterranean termites, ants, cockroaches, occasional perimeter invaders

PESTS CONTROLLED: Ants (acrobat, Argentine, big-headed, carpenter, crazy, odorous, pavement, pharaoh, thief), Asian lady beetles, darkling beetles, Australian cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, smoky brown cockroaches, Black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, cellar spiders, hobo spiders, Box-elder bugs, Pill bugs, Brown and dog ticks, Centipedes, Cluster flies, European earwigs, House crickets, Millipedes, Paper wasps (NOT a knockdown agent), Silverfish, Yellow jackets, Subterranean termites (including Reticulitermes, Zootermopsis, Heterotermes, Coptotermes)

Target Uses

Taurus SC is a generic version of Termidor SC, the termiticide most widely used by professional pest control companies. Taurus SC is designed for the prevention and treatment of termite infestations, and it can be applied either pre-construction or post-construction. Taurus SC is also labeled for the outdoor perimeter control of many common invaders, most effectively for ants. Because of its efficacy and longevity, termite treatments with Taurus SC may last up to 10 years, and outdoor perimeter treatments only need to be applied twice per year. Taurus SC may also be used in structural wall voids to treat active subterranean termite and ant infestations. Taurus SC is not for general indoor use.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Fipronil 9.1%

Taurus SC Application Instructions

Always read the product label completely before use.

Outside Barrier Treatment:

The main use for Taurus SC is for protection against subterranean termite infestations. To accomplish this, an outside barrier treatment is made in the ground around the foundation of the home that will protect against termites for up to 10 years or more.

First, you will need to dig a 6 inches deep x 6 inches wide trench around the outside foundation wall of the home. Next, mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply at a rate of 4 mixed gallons per every 10 lineal feet of trench. It is best to use a 5 gallon bucket and mark off the 4 gallon line, then mix 4 gallons of Taurus SC at a time and pour it in the trench. Allow the solution to soak into the soil and then replace the back-fill, making sure that the back-fill is soaked with Taurus SC as well. When you are done, you should have one contiguous in-ground barrier of Taurus SC all the way around the home.

Treating across slabs of concrete touching the house (such as a back patio or front porch) can be accomplished by using a hammer drill with a 1/2-inch drill bit. Holes are drilled through the concrete approximately 3-4 inches out from the house and every 12 inches across the concrete slab. Please see the product label for more information.

For more information please see the article: How to do a Termite Treatment.

Each 20 oz. bottle of concentrate yields 25 gallons of finished solution. Each 78 oz. bottle of concentrate yields 97 gallons of finished solution.

Standard Application Dilution Rates / Mixing Ratios for Taurus SC

  • 0.8 fl. oz. (24 mL)/ gal. of water – 0.06% a.i. – most applications, ground termite treatments, ant or other perimeter pest control.
  • 1.2 fl. oz. (35 mL)/ gal. of water – 0.09% a.i. – may be used for active infestations or severe termite pressure.
  • 1.6 oz. (47 mL)/ gal. of water – 0.125% a.i. – areas of dense soil that will not accept a rate of 4 gal. per 10 linear feet; only use 2 gal. per 10 linear feet per foot of depth.
  • Apply at a rate of 4 gallons of finished solution per 10 linear feet for perimeter termite applications.
  • Apply at a rate of 1-1.5 gallon(s) of finished solution per 10 square feet of horizontal ground that will be under concrete slabs (pre-construction).
  • For perimeter pest treatments (ants, etc.), apply 2 quarts of 0.06% spray per 160 lineal feet.

Taurus SC is for use in the following areas:

Outside surfaces and along foundation of Residential, institutional, commercial and industrial buildings and utility enclosures; wall voids of listed structures; NOT for indoor use; for pre-construction and post-construction treatment for termites, including concrete structures such as patios, porches, sidewalks and foundation slabs; concrete slab (including monolithic, floating and supported concrete slabs) on ground or in basements; hollow block foundations or voids in masonry; structures with French drains and sump pumps; basement structures; crawl spaces; around bath traps and shower drains; posts, poles, and wood landscape ornamentation

Indoors

Taurus SC is not for Indoor use. The only permitted use indoors is for active ant or termite infestations in wall voids only.

Treating Live Termite Infestations above ground:

To control Aerial termite colonies or Drywood Termites, mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply to infested wooden members or voids. To treat inaccessible areas (for example, if the termite infestation is behind dry wall), drill and inject Taurus SC into the damaged wood of void spaces with a crack and crevice injector. Foam applications can also be made into void spaces.

Outdoors

Termite Control – See general directions above. See our article How to Do a Termite Treatment for more details.

How to Use Taurus SC for Ant Control:

For outdoor control of Ants and other perimeter pests, mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply using a hand-pump sprayer around the outside of the home, spraying 1 foot up the side of the house and 1 foot out from the house, all the way around the home. Also spray around any exterior openings where pests may enter such as doors (don't spray near door handles), windows, pipes, cracks, vents, holes, etc. Make sure to treat the joint where exterior siding (wood, vinyl, aluminum or other similar materials) meets the cement, brick or block foundation. Treat anywhere electrical, cable or telephone wires enter the house. This application should be made only twice per year, in the Spring and Fall. Taurus SC works well enough that only 2 applications per year are needed for effective control.

Also be careful to prune away vegetation including shrubs and tree branches that may be touching the side of the house. This will keep pests from using shrubs and tree branches to bypass the protective barrier you sprayed.

Taurus SC Termiticide Features

  • The same amount of Fipronil as Termidor SC for less.
  • Easier, faster, and more effective than termite bait stations.
  • Foam applications may be made in voids for above ground termite infestations.
  • Water-based suspension.
  • Broad labeling for control of perimeter pests.
  • Convenient tip-and-pour bottle eliminates the need for other measuring equipment.

Extra Tips

  • Do not make applications when precipitation is occurring.
  • Do not treat soil that is water-saturated or frozen.
  • Do not apply Taurus SC in any way that may contaminate a water source or within 5 feet of a well or cistern. Treatment within 5-10 feet of wells or cisterns must be done by backfill method only (removing the dirt to be treated and replacing it after it has been treated elsewhere or in a container such as a wheelbarrow).
  • Do not treat edible vegetation or treat within one foot out from the drip line of edible plants.
  • Do not exceed 2 applications per year for perimeter pests.
  • Do not apply to pet quarters or to playground equipment.

CALIFORNIA USE RESTRICTIONS 

In all states except California, an application of the Taurus SC finished dilution may be applied to soil as a drench or by rodding around the root flare of the tree to prevent reinfestation by termites from the soil. For small trees (i.e., less than or equal to 6 inches in diameter), apply 1 gallon of Taurus SC finished dilution. For larger trees, apply 4 gallons of Taurus SC finished dilution per 10 linear feet measured as the circumference at the root flare.

Above Ground Termites and Carpenter Ants in Localized Areas Carpenter ant use in above ground localized areas not registered in California.

Carpenter bee use in localized areas not registered in California.

In addition to use restrictions stated above, applications made in California are subject to the following additional restrictions. • Do not apply Taurus SC to the garage door, driveway, vertical surfaces above the driveway and garage door, or to cracks and crevices leading or adjacent to the driveway such as the expansion joint between the garage and driveway. • Do not apply bandwidth at greater than 6 inches out and 6 inches up from where the ground meets the foundation. • Only use 0.03% dilution mixing rate. • Do not apply when rain is predicted within 48 hours postapplication or during active precipitation. • Do not re-apply at intervals less than 60 days. • Do not apply more than 4 times per year. • Do not make applications on any date between November 1 and February 28.

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  • 97 of 100 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  ANTS
    By Fran in Sunrise Beach, Mo on 08/21/2011
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    IT WORKS!!! Three days after the perimeter of my house was sprayed, no more ants! In twelve years Taurus SC is the only thing that has even touched the ant problem. Now they're gone!

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  • 84 of 88 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Taurus SC
    By Wally in Holland, MI USA on 06/12/2012

    Taurus is a non-repelling insecticide. Following the directions for termite treatment I trenched at the perimeter of my home, sprayed and put the dirt back in. The product works great. It has been two years since I treated my property. So far no signs of harm to good insects because my flowering trees and plants are pollinating just fine. I have recommended this product to my homeowner's association.

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  • 59 of 63 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  DIY Tremite control
    By Zachary in Ocala, Florida on 03/20/2012

    Easy to use,much cheaper than hiring a service. I treated my entire home and barn. Goodbye ants and termites.

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  • 56 of 60 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent product
    By Tim in Tallahassee, FL on 11/07/2011

    This product is very handy to use with the squeezable pre-measured dispenser with separate cap. It allows the user to measure small amounts to apply in tight spaces when a watering can is used and only one or two gallons are needed at a time. Complete instructions are attached to the bottle so you always have them handy for reference. The same stuff the professionals use at a fraction of the cost!

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  • 37 of 42 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Outstanding
    By Jim in cabot, ar on 05/23/2012
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    The termidor brand really works, so I hope this will to. I spray around three different houses every three months and never have ants. Before, I had them all the time no matter what I sprayed with.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Taurus SC
    By William in Carolina Beach on 06/15/2018

    Great price, fast shipping. Very satisfied. I would recommend this company for anyone that wishes to do their own pest control.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  GREAT Product
    By Mikey in Montezuma Georgia on 06/15/2018

    Sprayed around the house for ants after 1 inch downpour of rain 3 days later can't find an ant in the yard anywhere

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  • 5 of 5 stars  FINALLY!!!
    By K in Weatherford, TX on 06/15/2018

    I live some 25 miles west of the DFW area. For years we had the normal fire ants that would just poke their heads up after a rainstorm. But about four years ago after a hard drought the fire ants disappeared and a new peaceful ant took their place. The new ants moved into every kind of tree including cedars. Also would invade your house,automobile, everywhere else. Easy to kill the visible ants with almost anything. But no one including professional exterminators could get rid of the colonies. Taurus SC is a godsend. Sprayed a light coat on about the bottom 12 inches of every tree and then about a 6 inch circle in the soil around said tree. In two days the ants were totally gone. The little buggers walk through it not knowing they are taking it straight back to home base. Give this product a try and you will not be disappointed

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Great Cost Effective Alternative to Termidor SC
    By Mo in Chicago, IL on 06/10/2018

    I've been a fan and been using Termidor SC for the past 8 yrs. Termidor SC is the original product that can be used against Termites, insects, ants, etc. However the Termidor SC price has increased so i took the plunge and purchased its exact rival the Taurus SC. The Taurus SC was just as easy to use, just as effective and less expensive than the Termidor SC. If prices remain the same, i will continue to purchase the Taurus SC product.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Quick service , good prices
    By Jack in Inverness , Florida on 06/09/2018

    Item arrived within several days of order , used as topographic spray for now , will trench later this year , works great , however the instruction booklet is small and hard to read .

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Termites dead
    By Marty in Redondo Beach, CA on 06/08/2018

    I own an older boat that has lots of wood and one spray treatment of Taurus SC killed all the dry wood termites. Followed the easy read instructions and personal protection recommended, termites dead with one treatment. Awesome!!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Easy to use
    By Frank in EVANSVILLE on 06/08/2018

    Easy to use, simply dig a trench, mix and pour. :-)

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    5 of 5 stars  Bugpocalypse
    By Gene in Kansas on 06/08/2018

    This is the only stuff I have used that actually gets rid of the spiders and ants I have around my house. When you spray this stuff you are bringing a little piece of the apocalypse to the bugs at your home.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Taurus
    By Xx in st louis,mo on 06/08/2018

    Fast shipping. Works great for ants and wasps and other bugs.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  WORKS!!
    By Glenn in ADAIRSVILLE, GA on 06/07/2018

    This stuff WORKS, label states 10 year life once applied. I have witnessed the immediate vacating of termites and ants within hours of applying. Highly endorsed.

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11/02/2011 Mike from Reno, Nevada

QWhat is the difference between Taurus SC and Termidor SC?

ATaurus SC is the generic version of Termidor SC. They both share the same active ingredient at the same concentration and pretty much the same label. The main difference is the manufacturer.

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08/25/2013 Trina from Lahoma, Ok

QHow many gallons will one container of Taurus make. Please list both the 20 oz and the 78oz?

AThe 20 oz. bottle of Taurus SC will make 25 gallons of finished solution.
The 78 oz. bottle will make 100 gallons of finished solution.

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02/02/2012 Rob from Tucson, Az

QCan public/DIY users buy any size volume containers of Taurus?
You note that Termidor only allows 20oz bottles to be sold to DIYers; does the generic Taurus have any limitations on sales?

ANo, Taurus does not have any restrictions.  Homeowners can buy both the 20 oz. bottles and the 78 oz. bottles.

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11/29/2014 Mandi from Peoria

QCan I use Gravel/crushed rock for the backfill after treatment?
After digging the trench and treating the whole house for termites can i use crushed rock/gravel foe the backfill? For ease of future treatments instead of digging the trench again in 5-10 years couldn't we just pour through the gravel?

AYou do not want to use grave/crushed rock as your backfill after a termite treatment. Termidor does not bond to rock, it bonds to soil, so if you fill in the trench with gravel, the termidor will not stick to it and it will leave you with a 6x6 area of completely unprotected surface that the termites could pass through to get directly to your home. We understand that the digging of the trench is a pain, but it must be done each time and it must be backfilled with dirt, and the dirt that is backfilled must be treated as well if you want your home properly and completely protected. 

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04/08/2013 Kathy from Houston, Tx

QIs Taurus SC as effective on termites as it is on ants?
I just came across termites in the garage which is connected to the house. I NEED to know that this product will absolutely lambaste these critters!!! I've read rave reviews about ants...can I look for the same with termites? HELP, PLEASE!!!!

AFipronil, the active ingredient in Taurus, is known to be the best product on the market for termite control. Be sure to read the product label to make sure you are doing the treatment correctly. Our instructions, How to do a Termite Treatment can also be very helpful for homeowners.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

06/17/2018 Nick

QHow often should Taurus SC be sprayed?

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Taurus SC can be applied at 0.8 fl oz per gallon twice a year (1 ft up and 1 ft out) directly around the structures (except in CA). More than two applications of Taurus SC per calendar year can be made only if applied according to one of the following frequency and dilution rate application scenarios. DO NOT exceed the specified number of applications per calendar year.

The use directions include up to four (4) applications per year at the 0.03% dilution rate for outside surfaces and along the foundation perimeter of listed structures.

0.03% 4 times/calendar year OR

0.06% 2 times/calendar year OR

0.03% 2 times/calendar year and 0.06% 1 time/calendar year

 

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06/16/2018 Laura from Mobile, Al

QWhat is the impact on bees and the environment using Taurus SC Termiticide?

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Taurus SC Termiticide is highly toxic to honey bees and should not be used in areas where they are known to forage or frequent.

 

 

 

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06/16/2018 Eric from Ok

QHow many square feet will a 78 oz bottle of Taurus SC Termiticide cover?

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Taurus SC Termiticide in the 78 oz bottle will cover 240 lineal feet of trenching/drilling for termite applications. It makes 100 gallons of solution. We would suggest the 20 oz bottle for treatment topically around the structures (1 ft up and 1 ft out). Each 20 oz. bottle will make 24 gallons of solution and will treat 16,600 sq ft. 

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06/11/2018 Weldon from Bluffton

QIs Taurus SC equally effective as Tandem for general insect control such as spiders, ants, roaches, etc?

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Both Taurus SC and Tandem Insecticide are great products and very effective.  Keep in mind that Taurus is labeled for outdoor use only, whereas Tandem can be used inside and outside.  

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06/10/2018 Eric from Ok

QDoes Taurus SC Termiticide have expiration date?

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Taurus SC Termiticide has a shelf life of 3-5 years from the date of purchase when stored in a cool dry area. 

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05/31/2018 Sean from Nc

QCan I use Taurus SC around my foundation for ants? Can I use Bifen L/P granules for lawn around the house?

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Yes, Taurus SC Termiticide can be applied around the foundation of a home to control ants. You will mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply using a hand-pump sprayer around the outside of the home, spraying 1 foot up the side of the house and 1 foot out from the house, all the way around the home.  Bifen L/P Granules can also be broadcast in your lawn to treat labeled pests. 

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05/29/2018 Alex

QDELETE Can I mix Taurus SC and Bifen IT?

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They should not be mixed to together. Please provide the targeted pest and area for recommendations on applications that would best fit your needs. Thank you!

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05/21/2018 Jen from Charlotte, Nc

QIf I can't access the entire perimeter of my house can I just treat the crawl space and piers?
I have a brick patio that buts up to the back of my house and the only way I would be able to trench this area is by removing part of my patio. Can I just treat the interior perimeter and the piers? I also have an attached garage on a slab, should I also trench around this if treating the interior perimeter of the crawl space and the piers only is an option?

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When you have any concrete against the home (such as a patio or garage that shares walls with inside rooms) that prevents you from trenching across it, you have to drill holes ever 12 inches apart and treat each hole with roughly 1/2 to 1 gallon of mixed solution. Each hole should be drilled with a bit that is roughly 1/2 wide and 18 inches long. Please review the Taurus SC Product Label and our article How To Do A Termite Treatment for all the proper techniques for a home owner to treat this area.  If drilling is not an option you would at least trench around the non concrete walls and around the piers in the crawl space. For inside walls of the crawl space this is usually only done when you have an active infestation but you can do for just prevention if you choose.

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05/20/2018 Ashley from Shippensburg, Pa

QHow long is Taurus SC effective against ants?
I had my home treated last July for termites by a company who used Taurus SC. They did a trench around the perimeter and the sprayed in our crawl space (dirt floor). As far as I'm aware the termites are gone but I'm suddenly being overrun with the small black ants coming in the bathroom and kitchen again.

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While Taurus SC Termiticide will last in the soil of a trenching treatment for up to 10 years, it is recommended to do you perimeter spray- 1 foot up the siding, 1 foot out into the soil all the way around the perimeter, along with around entry points like doors and windows- once every 6 months for ant control.

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05/18/2018 Rochelle from Boise/idaho

QWill Taurus SC work on ants in gravel around trees?
We have rock around our house and around the trees in our yard. We have found a lot of ants in those areas. Will this product work to get rid of them?

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Taurus SC Termiticide does not have labeling for use on gravel driveways, sidewalks or around trees.  It is only to be used around the foundation of a structure.  As an alternative you could use Dominion 2L around your trees. 

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