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Question DetailsAsked on 9/18/2011

diy using thermadore for termites

i live in sarasota florida,it is legal to buy thermadore for termite control, as a do it youselfer. spray it in the walls and around the windows, termites get coated with it and take it back to there nests, where it kills all other termites. i want to know if anyone has used it. other than commercial termite co.individuals and how well it works.

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Termidor is restricted termicide so I'm sure you need a licence. Then again, I'm sure you could buy in online...after all this is America. Here's the deal if you get your hands on the thing: don't apply during rain or within 3 hours of rain. In rains at 4 pm everyday, right? It's ok, it doesn't rain in January hahahhah. Buy a sprayer too. Read the label and use the recommended dose (double the normal rate for ants and that should be just right for termites). Now...the bad news: termites don't give a damn about the sun and why should they? they are blind and that's your problem not theirs as they...are underground. Regular barriers won't do you too much need the product into the ground a few feet...Tell you what: spend $100 on the bottle and read the label like you would read the Bible: every word, and you'll be an expert on applying the thing if you stick with the label. Termidor is amazing if you know how to play with it and an amazing waste of money of you don't, as far as termites are concerned. For ants though...barriers will do the trick. I gave you the bad news, let me give you the worst ones: Termidor could only be applied twice per year so imagine a gun with two bullets...Make your shots count! (What? Who will check on you to see if you apply it fifty times per year? Dude...with the way state budgets are...local governments are hurting to pass out fines the size of four pest control treatment stick with the label and you'll be fine).

Answered 8 years ago by redraspberriespest


As a 35 yearveteran of the pest control business, I want to encourage you not to applyTermidore yourself for the following reasons:

1. Your Health and Safety: New pesticides cost 15-20 million dollars in research andpassing EPA testing. After all this testing the manufacturer of Termidore determinedthat the product should not be sold to the public and only applied by licensed pestcontrol operators to protect your health. Unfortunately with the internetanything is available to the public. Additionally according to training Iattended at University of Florida, the by product of Termidore has been provento be potentially dangerous to small children.

2. You donot have the proper equipment to do a preventive subterranean termitetreatment properly. Because of thevolume of Termidore that needs to be applied normally 50-150 gallons ofmaterial. A power sprayer with specially made termite tools is required to do the job right. Our cost on thisequipment is around $4000

3. You do not have the proper expertise: While I can appreciate wanting to save money by nothiring a professional. There is allot more that goes into pest control than merelyapplying a product. The fact that the manufactures distributors are only supposedto sell to professional is meant to protect the public from harming themselves.

My advice is to hire aprofessional and give yourself the peace of mind that your treatments are notputting your family’s health and safety at risk


President,NaturZone Pest Control

Sarasota, FL


Answered 8 years ago by NaturZone

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