Termidor FOAM - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Lisa from Long Island Bahamas
    02/10/2015
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    How do I get rid of termites in my kitchen cabinets
    I have an infestation in custom kitchen cabinets that are only 2 years old. There are no signs of entry from outside the house. I believe they were in the cabinets when they arrived from the manufacturer. I contacted my insurance company and although not listed under exclusions, insects are not covered. My boyfriend is a custom home builder who can take the face boards off those that are still intact. I was away from my home for months returning to find thousands of dollars of destruction and I am at a loss on what to do. I read your reviews on the Termidor foam and saw one review saying it is not for use in kitchen cabinets. Please let me know if there are any options you can recommend?
    A

     The Termidor Foam is definitely an amazing product and does well to transfer. That being said,  you would have to drill holes into the cabinets to inject it into the galleries the termites have created for it to expand through their tunnels and reach them. Honestly, we have many customers in the Bahamas that use our products (they have them shipped through freight forwarders) and its very common for you to have a variety of termites in your area that could have flown in from the outside and infested the cabinets. The only downside to the cabinets themselves is if they weren't pretreated before being assembled/stained from the people you purchased them from. If there were termites in them when they came from the manufacturer, the likely hood of them being in there this whole time with no signs of damage or kick out holes and dust until 2 years out is extremely slim. Cabinets aren't that thick compared to beams and supports of the structures of homes which can cause finding termite damage and activity signs to be less noticeable for longer. Normally activity would show up not long after you received the cabinets if they came infested. Now, if it's powder post beetles they could have been in the raw wood without you or even the cabinet company knowing they were there. Powder post beetle larvae can stay dormant up to 20 years sometimes in the wood and then emerge. If that is what you have, your best mode of action would be to have your home tented/fumigated to kill them all at once. Termidor Foam won't work for you in that case and the products we have that would work would require you sand your custom cabinets down to raw wood and then apply them. This is a tough situation for you but fumigation is almost your only option. 

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  • Asked by Cecilia from Howell, Nj
    05/14/2013
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    Can you help with the math for my Termidor FOAM application?
    Interior wall, no insulation, 3” studs spaced 16” apart. So 1 oz. makes approximately 1 quart of foam. 1 quart of foam would fill how many cubic inches? In other words, how many quarts of foam would it take to treat a 12”H x 16”W x 3”D wall void? Do I need to fill an entire wall void from floor to ceiling if I’m just seeing carpenter ant activity at the bottom of the wall? Thank you for your input.
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    If there is no insulation in the wall then there's not many reasons for them to be in that wall void as the insulation would provide an area to nest. They may travel behind the wall voids but the main nest will not be behind it. They will most likely be using the studs as a food source and traveling up the sides of the studs. You will not foam the entire void, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. If you are seeing them along the baseboard areas, drill holes every 8-10 inches apart across the area between studs, about an inch or 2 above the baseboard. Use the same injection rate for each hole and let dry. The Termidor Foam has some residual for about a month after it dissipates so if any are missed in the initial application the rest of the colony should be affected.

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  • Asked by Robert from Tustin, Ca
    03/03/2014
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    Termidor Foam vs Termidor SC?
    What is the advantage of the foam vs the liquid termidor? Wouldn't spraying liquid termidor into a wall void at the top of the wall be essentially the same? If not better? Liquid termidor has a 6 month residual. Foam supposedly is good for only a few weeks. If you insert a spray nozzle into your wall and pull the trigger, all that liquid will saturate the wall and drip down covering the studs, insulation, drywall, whatever.... In fact I would think that liquid would be able to penetrate cracks and crevices better than any expanding foam.... So the drywall gets wet, big deal it will dry ... What say you?
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    Termidor Foam is the preferred option over Termidor SC when treating an active infestation of termites behind a wall. When performing a spot treatment behind a wall it is very important to drill directly into the affected stud and foam into the termite galleries as well as the void on either side of the stud. You will not foam the entire void with Termidor Foam, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. Foam is preferred because it has the ability to expand and travel deep into the termite galleries, cracks and crevices, and wall void much better, which does provide better coverage than liquids. 
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  • Asked by Eric from Tampa, Florida
    04/04/2013
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    How long will the effects of the Termidor foam remains active if I inject the foam into the exterior walls?
    I have the base boards removed and see the remnants of the subterianian termites. I plan on drilling holes into the drywall before I replace the base boards and have had a professional company treat the perimiter of my home with termidor. They explained to me that treating the perimiter of the house will also kill the ones that have already entered my home. I really don't belive that and haven't found that info anywhere on the internet.
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    Termidor Foam will remain active for about 6 weeks when injected into the walls. Termidor Sc placed in a barrier around a home will kill foraging termites as they return to the colony....if the colony is not under the home (in most cases the colony will be out in the yard so this method does usually work). It is recommended that if you know where the termites are active in the wall void that you treat the area with a product like the Termidor foam just in case the main colony is under the house.
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  • Asked by Victor from Chandler, Az
    11/14/2014
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    What is the difference between Termidor Foam & Premise Foam? Which one is more effective to kill termites?
    What is the difference between Termidor Foam & Premise Foam? Which one is more effective to kill termites behind the wall? I have termites all over my house behind the wall, and want the effective foam to kill the little them.
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    Termidor Foam and Premise Foam have two different active ingredients. 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. Termites who contact Termidor Foam transfer it to every other termite they in turn contact, in a unique process called the "Transfer Effect." And because Termidor is engineered to be slow-acting, termites have ample time to spread it throughout their entire termite population.

    They are both effective products that will work to combat termites if you are treating the area directly.

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  • Asked by Randy from Palm Harbor, Fl
    04/20/2014
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    Once I use the Termidor Foam but don't use the entire can how long is it good for?
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    Termidor Foam should have a shelf life of about 1-2 years.

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  • Asked by Ricky from New York
    04/15/2015
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    Is the termidor foam safe to handle after the 6 week effectiveness?
    I'm planning on injecting the termidor foam inside the wall between the studs. Assuming the termites are dead after the prescribed 6 weeks, I want to take out the wall and studs to redo the wall. Is it safe for my contractor and his workers to work on the wall? Is contact or dust a concern?
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    Once the Termidor Foam has dried on the surfaces behind the wall it will only be toxic to something the size of an insect or termite. It will be safe to handle the wood once dry in general but especially after the 6 week time frame. 
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  • Asked by Eugene from Coalinga Ca
    12/27/2013
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    How can I kill termites in one wall.
    I have dry wood termites in one short wall in my home. Can I kill them myself.
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    You can kill the termites yourself! The easiest and most efficient way would be to use Termidor Foam.

    If there is no insulation in the wall then there's not many reasons for them to be in that wall void as the insulation would provide an area to nest. They may travel behind the wall voids but the main nest will not be behind it. They will most likely be using the studs as a food source and traveling up the sides of the studs. You will not foam the entire wall void, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. If you are seeing them along the baseboard areas, drill holes every 8-10 inches apart across the area between studs, about an inch or 2 above the baseboard. Use the same injection rate for each hole and let dry. The Termidor Foam has some residual for about a month after it dissipates so if any are missed in the initial application the rest of the colony should be affected. f
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  • Asked by Matt from Surprise, Arizona
    08/27/2013
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    If I see a termite tube should I shoot Termidor FOAM there or find the studs and drill a new centered hole
    found termite tubes in a closet in the center of a one story slab house.
    A
    You want to inject the Termidor foam into the studs. You also want to perfom a perimeter trenching around the stucture and apply a termiticide like Termidor SC. Please review our article Do It Yourself Termite Control.
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  • Asked by Alex from United States
    04/14/2014
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    Termidor Foam is it expanding like a sealing foam or is it an expanding foam that fills...
    a hole and then dissipates after it fully expands
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    Termidor Foam is an expanding foam that will start to disspate after if fully expands and will leave behind a residual that will continue to kill termites for about 6 weeks following the application.
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  • Asked by Bruce from Houston Tx
    10/18/2016
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    Is there an applicator required to apply Termidor Foam?
    Your web site says: "Use only with Whitmire Micro-Gen or BASF approved actuator." Do you sell either of these? Do I need to buy an actuator or is there simply a button on the can which allows the foam to leave the can?
    A

    There is no applicator necessary to apply Termidor FOAM.  The bendable straw that is attached to the can itself is all you need to apply the product.  No actuator required.  

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  • Asked by Simon from Plano, Texas
    09/16/2013
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    How much Termidor Foam should I spray into the space between each stud? How high up the wall do I inject?
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    You will not foam the entire void with Termidor Foam, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. If you are seeing them along the baseboard areas, drill holes every 8-10 inches apart across the area between studs, about an inch or 2 above the baseboard. Use the same injection rate for each hole and let dry. It has some residual for about a month after it dissipates so if any are missed in the initial application the rest of the colony should be affected. If you know where an active infestation is, you should indeed direct treat with the Termidor Foam. The foam will only last for about 6 weeks because it is not bonding with soil molecules. An outside trench will need to be performed also. Please click on the article on how to perform your own termite treatment for additional information and tips.
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  • Asked by Max
    06/23/2014
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    What is the smallest injector tip provided with Termidor foam?
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    There is only one injection tip that comes with Termidor Foam. The tip of the Termidor Foam is about 13 mm in length and 1 mm hole size. The hole size that the product should be applied in is 1/8" - 1/4". The holes should be drilled between 8-10 inches apart.

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  • Asked by Erin from Marietta,ga
    03/17/2013
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    I have ants in my bathroom, will Termidor Foam work for me?
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    Termidor Foam will certainly take care of an ant infestation when used as directed on the product label in cracks, crevices and voids. You can expect it to take about 3 weeks to see full results.
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  • Asked by John from Tucson, Az
    07/13/2013
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    Does the Termidor Foam come with the required actuator?
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    Yes, the Termidor Foam comes with all parts (including actuator) required to operate and foam into any void where there is an active infestation. No other parts are required to be purchased in order to utilize this product.
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  • Asked by Aaron from Phoenix, Az
    01/29/2013
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    How can I Spot Treat for termites?
    I treated the preimeter with dominion 2L and it knocked down termites quickly. fast forward 3 months and I see new mud tubes in celing again? should I do an additional perimer treatment and do a spot treat (different product?) in attic crawl space or is there another prefered method I should follow?
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    If the termites made it indoors then they must have bypassed the trenching treatment form a few months ago. There could be a few different scenarios going on here. 1. the perimeter treatment was somehow disturbed or was not placed completely around the structure and the termites entered through a non-treated area (in this situation you would likely see mud tubes around the exterior of the structure and you should trench and treat accordingly) 2. You have a crawlspace and you did not treat the interior of the crawlspace (in this situation you may see mud tunnels on the interior of the crawlspace or around pipes or piers and you should follow the Dominion product label and treat the crawlspace) 3. The termite colony was under the home and they entered through a hidden crack in the slab or around a pipe or other entry way. (probably will not see the mud tubs as they would likely be in voids) We recommend that you directly treat the infested area with something like Termidor foam and treat accordingly with Dominion 2L if needed in the situations listed above.
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  • Asked by Adriana from Weston, Fl
    01/30/2016
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    How many cubic inches will a 20 oz. bottle of Termidor FOAM cover?
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    Termidor FOAM will expand at a ratio of about 30:1, so each 20 ounce can will create about 20 quarts of foam, covering approximately 1,155 cubic inches.

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  • Asked by Doug from Irwin, Pa
    01/31/2018
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    Is Termidor Foam pet safe?
    the indoor pets will not have access to the area to be treated with Termidor Foam.
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    We would not recommend applying this product while pets and/or children are indoors. Once the Termidor Foam has dried on the surfaces behind the wall it will only be toxic to something the size of an insect or termite. Once the product has dried completely, it is safe for pets to return to the area. 

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  • Asked by Karla from Sarasota, Fl
    05/28/2019
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    Does Termidor Foam only last for 6 weeks? And how long does it take to work?
    We injected the foam into a few spots in our dining and living room a weeks ago. We have still had a few swarms occur since. How long does it take for the foam to begin to work against the termite infestation? And does the residual combat against the termites for about a year or just 6 weeks?
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    The Termidor Foam residual lasts approximately  4 – 6 weeks. Termidor foam begins working immediately, however using a product that is non-repellent (or not detectable) will allow the termites to pick up the product on their bodies and transfer it to other termites within the colony. It can take up to 90 days to eliminate the existing termites.

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  • Asked by Terri from San Diego, California
    02/27/2015
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    How do I inject Termidor in stained, tongue and groove wood ceiling?
    My house has an open beam, tongue and groove wood ceiling. There is evidence of Drywood termite activity in a few of the boards; I saw droppings on the floor in the summer and I see a few, tiny kick out holes in the boards. I have several questions: 1) which Termidor product should I inject? 2) What diameter hole do I need to drill? 3) do I plug the hole with wood putty or silicone caulk immediately after injecting Termidor?
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    Termidor Foam would be good to use.  You would drill directly into the kickout holes you are seeing so that you can get directly in the gallery where the termites actively are.  You want to drill a 3/8 to 1/2 inch hole.  You can plug the hole with which putty/caulk you would like after if wanted.
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