DIY Liquid Termidor Subterranean Termite Treatment
Complete Step-by-Step instructions to guide you through an Eastern Subterranean termite treatment. If you can mow your own yard or wash your own car, you should have no trouble being able to perform this treatment.
- Measure the distance around your foundation wall. example, across the front might be 60 feet, down each side might be 30 feet each side and across the back another 60 feet. Total your measurement 60 +30+30+60=180; so you have 180 Linear feet – This number tells you how much product you need. Always apply the corect amount of product.
- Each 60 ft. section of foundation wall requires one 20-oz bottle of Termidor SC. (So in the example in step one above of 180 Ln. Ft would require 3 bottles of Termidor SC to do the job.)
- Once you have your Termidor SC you will need a clean 5 gallon bucket for the DIY Liquid Termite Treatment and a mattock grubbing type hoe (Lowe’s carries both items if you don’t already have them.)
- To begin your DIY Liquid Termite Treatment, You must dig a trench, 4 to 6 inches wide and 4 to 6 inches deep, at the base of your foundation wall all the way around your structure. Leave the dirt right there, just outside the trench. You will need to put the excavated dirt back in the trench after the Termidor SC is applied.
- (OPTIONAL STEP) If you have a cement patio around your back door or a porch across the front, a professional would drill down using a hammer drill as close as possible (suggest 4-6 inches so you will miss drilling into the footer. And no more than 1 foot away from the foundation wall at intervals of 12 inches. If you decide to do this step, I would suggest using a 3/8ths inch mortar drill bit. A 3/8ths inch hole provides plenty of room to apply the chemical and is easier to patch with a dab of mortar than a larger hole.
The Reason for this drilling, is to allow you to put approx 1 quart of finished Termidor into each hole. Since you can’t trench the dirt with concrete over it you need the holes to deliver the Termidor.
- If you decide to leave out step 2, just trench around the patio and apply Termidor into the open trench. Be sure to add the Ln. Ft. measurement to your total as you figure how much Termidor you will need.
- (TRICK) Divide each 10 ft. section of the trench using an old roof shingle or anything that will damn up the trench, so you will get an even treatment application.
- Pour 3.3 ounces of Termidor into your bucket and add 4 gallons of water and stir well.
- Pour the 4 gallons into your trench and kick the dirt back in as you pour. This should mix the dirt and chemical together giving you a 4 to 6 inch deep, 4 to 6 inch wide treatment zone. Sub-subterranean termite forage in the top ten inches of the soil so this will assure termite contact the treated soil and begin spreading the effect through-out their colony.
How Termidor SC works
Termidor was introduced in 2000. Counting the years it was tested before release a treatment with Termidor SC, if done properly should last from 15 to 20 years. After treatment it takes 8 weeks up to 3 months to eradicate the colony. During this time sub-termites could still do some light feeding. This is normal and should cause no alarm. As large colonies are effected it usually takes around 8 days for that individual to contact the Termidor and die. During that time that termite infects other termites and they have their 8 day turn at spreading the effect. Termidor’s Domino effect travels through the colony until it’s eliminated. As the colony slowly dies out the surviving termites will try to feed until no termites are left.
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