Termidor SC is best applied in the trench as this is the most continuous application method. There are places all over the BASF Termidor product label, which clearly state that rodding alone is not sufficient, no matter what applicator tool used, to treat a home for termites. You can either do a 6x6 trench around the foundation, or a 6x6 trench with rodding used additionally every 12 inches through the trench at a depth not to exceed the footing of the home. If you just cannot trench the area you may also consider the bait stations as an alternative. You can also refer to our How To Do A Termite Treatment article for treating your home yourself.
Termites do not normally attack live, healthy trees. If the tree has been damaged by termites it would be advisable to remove the tree and perform a liquid termite soil treatment. Most people are primarily concerned with protecting the big investment, their home, and Termidor SC? would be the product to use for that. Please take a moment to read over our article on "How to do a Termite Treatment" for complete details. In most cases, termites out in the yard are completely normal and can be left alone. Termidor is only labeled to be used adjacent to structures and when used as directed is safe around plants/trees that are in this area.
If kept out of heat and sunlight the shelf life of Termidor SC is 3-5 years.
Both Termidor SC (fipronil for termites) and Bora-Care will work, but Bora-Care is typically the better one to use for this situation. Termidor SC is not a wood treatment product, so for it to work you have to drill holes EXACTLY where the termites are and it has to touch the termites to work. If you miss where they are, it will not work. Also, Termidor SC does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor SC and it dries, that wood is exposed for future termite and beetle infestations.
Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood. Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus. Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood. When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die. No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see. The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again.
BASF uses a unique set of numbers to match up that product, when it was made, what lot it was a part of and how many were in that lot. Below you will see an example of a Termidor SC bottle and how it is broken down. The batch numbers can vary in location on BASF products from just above the label on a bottle, to the bottom of a container or can, as well as on the sides of case containers or?boxes.
Starting with the first row. The first set of numbers normally starting in 59- ex: 59021467 is BASF's article number for the product.
The second set- ex: 13, indicates the year in which the product was produced. For this can that would mean it was produced in the year 2013
The third set- ex: 122, indicates the numerical day of the year that the product was produced. So it was manufacturer on the 122th day of the year of 2013. This comes out to show it was produced on May 2nd 2013.
The bottom row of numbers indicates the batch information. The first set- ex: 3122SL01F1, indicates the actual batch/lot number for the manufacturer. The second set- ex:04782 indicates the container count of each batch.
Hope this helps!