Termidor SC should not be applied through a hose end applicator for application to the lawn and flower beds for ant control. It should only be sprayed a couple of times a year directly up against the foundation of the strucutres on the property (1 ft and 1 ft out). We would recommend using Arilon Insecticide. It can be used around the perimeter of the home and you could expand the band around the perimeter, for example: you can spray 3 feet up on the foundation and 7 feet out. The active can also be transferred from one ant to another and can be used for direct mound treatments if necessary, as well as surfaces commonly used by ants for foraging such as outdoor edges/frames of windows, doors, utility penetrations, roof lines or eaves, and other structural edges may also be treated. In addition to exterior structural elements, outdoor nesting sites such as refuse collection areas, flower/mulch beds, adjacent tree holes, surrounding turf areas, crawl spaces, or other nest/ foraging sites, and foraging trails can be treated.
Termidor SC is what we call a non-repellent, which means the insects - in this case, ants - do not detect the application, plus the active ingredient kills slowly enough that the ants do not die until they've had time to pass along the active ingredient to all the other ants they contact during their regular activities. If you apply Termidor SC as directed, then any ant colonies that contact that barrier will be killed. If you are already seeing trails of ants inside your home, then we would recommend using products like those in our Indoor Ant Kit to insure those colonies are taken care of, as well. Our Ant Treatment Guide has additional tips for treating this nuisance pest.
Dogs should not be present during application of Termidor SC and while treated areas are wet. It should not be applied to the surface of the deck or other off label areas.
Yes, you can do your indoor treatment as long as the ground is not overly saturated from the rainfall. You should not do any outdoor treatments with Termidor or other insecticides while it is raining or when the ground is saturated.
Termidor SC should be mixed with water and dispersed in a hand pump sprayer. It does not contain an attachment for a water hose on the container.
Termidor SC is not labeled for use on any bearing fruit trees. We would not recommend eating any fruit grown on the treated trees for at least 1 year.