Taurus SC Termiticide - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Mike from Reno, Nevada
    11/02/2011
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    What is the difference between Taurus SC and Termidor SC?
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    Taurus 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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  • Asked by Trina from Lahoma, Ok
    08/25/2013
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    How many gallons will one container of Taurus make. Please list both the 20 oz and the 78oz?
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    The 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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  • Asked by Rob from Tucson, Az
    02/02/2012
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    Can 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?
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    No, Taurus does not have any restrictions.  Homeowners can buy both the 20 oz. bottles and the 78 oz. bottles.
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  • Asked by Mandi from Peoria
    11/29/2014
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    Can 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?
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    You 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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  • Asked by Kathy from Houston, Tx
    04/08/2013
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    Is 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!!!!
    A
    Fipronil, 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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  • Asked by Tony from Hemet, Ca
    07/29/2015
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    Do I have to reapply Taurus SC after a rain storm?
    I applied Taurus SC around the foundation of my home two days ago and today it rained pretty hard for about half an hour. Do I have to reapply?
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    If the Taurus SC was applied more than 24 hours before it rained, you should not need to reapply.

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  • Asked by Dale from Sun City West, Arizona
    03/17/2014
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    How could I inject your Taurus SC termiticide above the baseboard?
    I have trenched outside, but found termites in one area yet. What is your suggestion? Thanks.
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    Performing the trench treatment with Taurus on the outside of the house will kill the termites that are already in your home along with the colony that is in the ground. Termites that are above the ground in the house when you perform an in ground Taurus treatment will die when they go back down to the ground.  Termites in your walls don't stay there.  Their job is to eat the wood, the colony's food, and then they take it back underground to feed the rest of the colony below the ground where the queen is.  The termites go up and down, up and down, up and down, every day.  So when you perform a liquid termite treatment, the termites that are below the surface that have not made it up into the house yet will take the Taurus on their bodies up into the house and spread it around to all the termites, and vice versa, any termites up in the walls heading down to take what they have eaten down to the queen and other colony members will have to go through the Taurus barrier you installed and they will become infected at that point as well. It is not necessary to perform a spot treatment inside but you can if you so choose. When injecting Taurus into the walls you want to drill about 6 inches from the floor surface and between every wooden stud down the entire length of the wall. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Chris from Houston, Tx
    07/24/2014
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    What application method is best for treatment of ants?
    To treat ghost ants crawling around, on, and into my foundation, should I trench or just apply a perimeter spray? If the latter, what application rate should be used (i.e., how many fl. oz. per linear foot of a spray band three feet up the wall and one foot out from the foundation)? Thanks
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    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. 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.
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  • Asked by Anonymous from Dallas Texas
    04/23/2015
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    Can Taurus SC be used in an attic?
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    Taurus SC should NOT be applied indoors including the attic. It should only be applied directly to the exterior of the structure.
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  • Asked by Mark from Atlanta, Ga
    10/12/2015
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    Will Taurus SC annihilate termites nests already in the house ?
    I'm wondering if termites in the house regularly leave the house, crossing the barrier, and then return to nest.
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    When you have an active infestation of termites in the home you will need to treat that infestation directly and Taurus SC can be used for this. You will need to drill directly into the wood they are infesting and spray the product into the gallery where the termites actively are. It is also recommended to trench around the perimeter of the home.  We have a step by step guide that will walk you through how to do your own termite trenching treatment. You can see the guide by clicking on the link here.

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  • Asked by Rebecca from Redding, Ca
    07/30/2015
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    Is Taurus SC Termiticide dangerous to animals?
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    Taurus SC Termiticide should be applied when animals are not present. They can return to the treated areas once the surfaces have completely dried. Please refer to the product label for complete application instructions.

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  • Asked by Brett from San Francisco
    03/09/2015
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    Is it safe to apply Taurus SC in a crawl space as a surface spray for ants/termites?
    Also, do I need to wear a ventilator or mask when applying?
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    Yes, Taurus SC can be used as a general spray around the foundation of the crawlspace for ants, however it will not be as effective on termites unles you do a proper termite trench treatment inside the crawl space areas. We would recommend using a mask like the N95 valved respirator mask when applying the product in tight areas with low air flow like a crawl space.
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  • Asked by Don from Herndon, Va
    07/03/2016
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    Does pending rain affect when Taurus SC can be applied?
    When preparing to apply Taurus SC as insect control (not termite control) does pending rain within the next day or two affect the advisability to hand spraying vs. waiting until dry weather?
    A

    It is best not to apply Taurus SC if it is going to rain the same day.  If possible it should be applied at least 24 hours before you are expecting any rain. 

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  • Asked by Jan from Port Arthur
    04/24/2016
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    Is Taurus SC harmful to pets?
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    It is recommended that you keep pets out of the area while applying Taurus SC. Once the product has dried completely, it is safe for pets to return to the area.
     

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  • Asked by Michael from Los Angeles, Ca
    10/08/2014
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    Perimeter trench every 10 years for termites vs. ant perimeter treatment every 6 months
    Per the instructions, a perimeter treatement in a trench is recommended for termite prevention, vs. a perimeter treatment (above-ground, as I understand) is recommended twice a year for ant treatment. I suspected that ants are entering my house from below the ground through cracks in the concrete slab. Would the trenched perimeter treatment every 10 yeears be effective for BOTH termites and ants?
    A
    A trench treatment with Taurus SC will kill both termites and ants that travel through the treated soil. However, if the ant or termite colony is located directly under the slab of your home there is a possibility that they may not pass through the treated soil around the perimeter of your home as they come through a crack in the foundation. In order to kill ant or termite colonies located under the slab we would recommend drilling through the cracks in the foundation and inject the Taurus SC into the soil below foundation. You would drill a hole every 12 inches along the crack in the slab and use 4 gallons of the diluted Taurus solution per 10 linear feet.
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  • Asked by Vic from Largo, Fl
    03/29/2016
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    How long does Taurus SC last?
    I will be trenching around the outside of my home and would like to know how long Taurus SC will remain effective for termite control.
    A

    Taurus SC can last up to 10 years or more in the soil.

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  • Asked by Joel from Miami, Florida
    06/06/2014
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    Can I use Taurus SC to fog within the walls? And if so how much would I need for a 5,000 sq ft home?
    Treating Drywood termites
    A
    Taurus SC is not labeled to be used in a fogger and when using to treat for drywood termites you have to treat the infestation directly by drilling into the infested wood and spraying into the gallery.  It does not penetrate into wood so would not reach the termites that are in the wood unless done this way.  We suggest using Bora-Care since it is the #1 treatment on the market for dry wood termites.  You would typically just spray it on the surface of the wood and the Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill the termites inside.  Also, since Bora-Care is a wood treatment product, it will stay in the wood forever and protect it forever.
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  • Asked by Gary from Ocean Springs, Ms. 3956
    10/19/2013
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    Which is best for new home foundation? Taurus or Termidor?
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    Termidor SC and Taurus SC are pretty much the same product, they are just made by different companies. They will both provide the same essential results when applied as directed on the product label.
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  • Asked by Benjamin from Thousand Oaks, Ca
    01/26/2016
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    Do you need a license to use Taurus SC Termiticide at home as a DIY project in California?
    The label seems to indicate federal law requires a license to use and store this product. This product is not available for amateurs in New York.
    A

    No, you do need a license to purchase and/or use Taurus SC around your home. You would need a license if you are wanting to use this product around someone else's home for profit.

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  • Asked by Sarah from Kingman, Az
    10/06/2013
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    How often should you retreat for termites using Taurus SC? Should we use a separate spray for the garage?
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    Taurus SC should be reapplied every 10 years when treating for termites. It can be applied in the drilled holes in a garage. Please read the article below for mixing and application instructions.

     

    How to Perform Your Own Termite Treatment Article

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