Termidor SC is not labeled for root aphids. If you can let us know where you will be treating, we can recommend an alternative for you.
When applying Termidor SC as a foam, it is both the chemistry of the foaming agent and the pressurized application from the foaming equipment that generate the foam, so we must have both of these components to create a foam from a liquid insecticide concentrate.
Once Termidor SC has dried, it should not be harmful to people, pets or wildlife. It can be toxic for bees if they come in contact with treated areas once it has dried. To lessen this risk, apply in the morning or evening when bees are least active. Please refer to the product label for complete application instructions.
We reached out to the manufacturer BASF for an official answer on this verbiage on the Termidor SC label. Here is what they stated.
“Not using termiticides in voids with Rigid foam insulation” is EPA required language that dates back to times when soil termiticides contained organic solvents/adjuvants which helped them remain in solution long enough to be applied but also damaged rigid foam insulation (think DDT, Heptachlor, Chlordane, or Dursban times; e.g. Pre-Termidor products from the 1950’s through 1990’s). In 1996, the EPA mandated that the language be on all liquid termiticide labels moving forward (regardless of whether the product contained solvents or emulsifiers or not). Termidor products do not contain any caustic emulsifiers or solvents that would damage/ “eat up” the rigid foam board (as the 80WG, SC, HE lines are all water soluble).”
This also applies to the generic equivalent on the market under the branding Taurus SC. If you are needing to foam into the foundation void area where there is foam rigid board, they recommend using the Termidor Foam Aerosol as this labeling does not have that verbiage and restriction on it for use.
We actually recommend, if possible, to apply Termidor in a trench inside the crawl space. You will use the same method as you do around the entire structure.
Yes! You can use Advance Bait stations and Termidor combined. The stations will help monitor and the Termidor will be a barrier. Both products will work together not against each other. Please see our article Sentricon vs Termidor for more information about these two types of treatments.
Termidor SC is not known to leech through the soil. You will need to follow the Termidor SC product label which has specific instructions for treating near a well to avoid any contamination issues:
TREATMENT AROUND wellS OR CISTERNS: Do not contaminate wells or cisterns.
Structures With wells/Cisterns Inside Foundations: Structures that contain wells or cisterns within the foundation of a structure can only be treated using the following techniques:
1. Do not apply within 5 feet of any well or cistern by rodding and/or trenching or by the backfill method. Treat soil between 5 and 10 feet from the well or cistern by the backfill method only. Treatment of soil adjacent to water pipes within 3 feet of grade should only be done by the backfill method.
a) Trench and remove soil to be treated onto heavy plastic sheeting or similar material or into a wheelbarrow.
b) Treat the soil at the rate of 4 gallons of solution per 10 linear feet per foot of depth of the trench, or 1 gallon per 1.0 cubic feet of soil. Mix thoroughly into the soil taking care to contain the liquid and prevent runoff or spillage.
c) After the treated soil has absorbed the solution, replace the soil into the trench.
Structures With Adjacent wells/Cisterns and/or Other water Bodies: Applicators must inspect all structures with nearby water sources such as wells, cisterns, surface ponds, streams, and other bodies of water and evaluate, at a minimum, the treatment recommendations listed below prior to making an application.
1. Prior to treatment, if feasible, expose the water pipes) coming from the well to the structure, if the pipes) enter the structure within 3 feet of grade.
2. Prior to treatment applicators are advised to take precautions to limit the risk of applying the termiticide into subsurface drains that could empty into any bodies of water. These precautions include evaluating whether application of the termiticide to the top of the footer may result in contamination of the subsurface drain. Factors such as depth to the drain system and soil type and degree of compaction should be taken into account in determining the depth of treatment.
3. When appropriate (i.e., on the water side of the structure), the treated backfill technique (described above) can also be used to minimize off-site movement of termiticide.
Termidor SC is the # 1 choice for ant control around the outside of your home. Termidor is a non-repellent insecticide that also has a transfer effect. That means that ants cannot tell that the Termidor is there and will walk right over it and then pick the product up on their bodies and inadvertently carry it back to the colony, then through normal social interaction the ants spread the Termidor and wipe out the colony. Termidor only needs to be applied two times per year and is effective for a wide variety of insects including ants, centipedes, roaches, spiders, silverfish, wasps and many other nuisance insects.
Termidor SC is not a good option for fire ant control because it can only be used on or immediately next to a structure. It is not labeled to be used in the lawn.
Talstar P (Talstar One) would be a good option for chiggers in the lawn. This can be broadcast across the yard.
For fire ants, we would recommend a bait, Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait. This can be broadcast across the lawn or applied to individual mounds.