Insecticides should not be exposed to extreme temperatures such as freezing or over heating or left for prolonged periods of time in direct sunlight. In the case of Termidor SC, after it has thawed at room temperature if it goes back into a solution (the way it looked at the time of purchase) it should be fine to use. However, if it appears discolored or if the consistency of the product has changed it should be discarded and replaced.
Termidor SC is a great option for fire ants inside of a tree. There are two options that you have when applying this product. It can either be done as a drench around the tree or you will inject the product directly into the termite cartons. The rate is 0.8 fl oz per gallon of water.
Please check out the Supplemental Document that explains how to do treatments.
You are not only drilling through just the concrete here, but also as deep as you can into the dirt. The deeper the better. Once the holes are drilled, you fill at the same rate you did the trench, 4 gallons per 10 feet. If you drilled the holes 12 inches apart, then you would have 10 holes over 10 feet that you are trying to fill with 4 gallons. This works out to be a little less than half a gallon per hole. To fill these I would recommend using the one gallon sprayer on a "pin stream" setting so you can force the liquid down the hole and not splash it everywhere. You can also use a funnel and pour the termiticide down the holes. It is difficult to get 4 gallons per 10 feet in the holes, so it is important that you use a long drill bit, at least 18" long so you can bore out enough dirt to hold the termiticide. Sometimes the ground is slow to soak up the termiticide you place in the holes. You may need to fill the holes, then go work on something else for an hour, come back and fill them again, go work on something else... 3 to 4 times to get the proper amount down the holes. Once the holes are filled all you need to do is patch them with a concrete patch filler you can buy at a home improvement or hardware store or you can use our Trebor plugs that will close the hole with no concrete mess.
Termidor SC is used for both termite prevention as well as ant control. The termite prevention requires the trenching and rodding, and is done once every 10 years. When using it for ant control, you would spray 1 foot up the side of the structure and 1 foot out into the soil, all the way around the perimeter of the structure, along with around doors and windows. This can be done according the following label instructions:
Termidor SC (20 oz bottle makes 24 gallons of mix) is mixed at 0.8 fl oz per gallon of water and Dominion 2L (27.5 fl oz bottle makes 50 gallons of mix) is mixed at 0.6 fl oz per gallon of water.
Everywhere you dig, you will follow the method of digging a 6x6 trench and use 4 gallons finished Termidor SC solution to every 10 linear feet, so it depends on the dimensions around the piers.
Unfortunately, there really is not a product that has the same active ingredient as Termidor SC for ant control that we are able to ship to New York. An excellent non-repellent insecticide for ant control in New York is Arilon Insecticide.
Termidor SC is a very safe product and widely used by professional companies inside homes every day across the country. Termidor SC is odorless and does not have any fumes. You only need to wear a face mask if you will be doing the application in a poorly ventilated or enclosed area. All other applications will require you to wear long sleeves, long pants, shoes and socks and gloves. Be sure to wash your hands after the application before you eat, drink, chew gum or use the restroom.