Taurus SC Ain’t Termidor
Taurus termiticide is a generic version of Termidor SC, with one difference being it’s a little less expensive (around 10%), it does contain the same fipronil 9.1% active ingredient as Termidor SC. That makes it the best ant product on the market for the money. It is the same in almost every way, but has a few important differences. For all intensive purposes the product is the same. I suspect Taurus SC will be releasing a new label including outside perimeter termite treatments, in the near future. But for the present, the label states that Taurus is OK for a perimeter pest treatment, but the pests the label is referring to is a perimeter treatment for Ants (Acrobat, Argentine, Big-Headed, Carpenter, Crazy, Odorous, Pavement, Pharaoh, and Thief), Asian lady beetles, Dark-ling beetles, Cockroaches (Australian, Oriental, Smoky Brown), Black widow spiders, Brown recluse spiders, Cellar and Hobo spiders, Box-elder bugs, Pill bugs, Brown and dog ticks, Centipedes, Cluster Flies, European Earwigs, House Crickets, Millipedes, Paper Wasps, Silverfish, and Yellow Jackets, but not for termites.
Taurus SC is unsurpassed as and outside ant, roach control goes. Killing spiders food makes spiders go away too, so that’s a great spin-off.
Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide, similar to Termidor, that is undetectable to target pests, allowing them touch, ingest and spread the insecticide throughout the entire colony. OUTSIDE USE ONLY! The only exception is for indoor spot treatments inside wall voids for termites.
Taurus Termiticide Document Label says, “NO!, to perimeter termite treatment”.
Only the best Exterminators bother to read and understand how a product is properly used, for what target pests, and under what specific circumstances and conditions. Termidor SC cost about 10% more representing a major investment in termite work overhead. Smaller companies just seem to follow the industry leaders. Hoping that they are getting it right. It takes far fewer company resources to follow the leader. One bad apple can lower the standard of the entire pest control community. Unknowingly pushing the followers down the river stream whose destination is an impending day before a judge with poor results. With that said, Many companies do it right. Hang in there. When your states authorities figure out how to catch a culprit, I’m afraid they will make an example of them. Entry-level pest control techs learns to follow the product label. So everyone who misuses this product is at fault and your argument is of no use. Trust me! I used to greet each new employee by telling them to “read every product label they carried on their truck”. I doubt many did. It’s to be expected.There were a few that did and they became the leaders
Although many termite companies are using Taurus termiticide as if it were Termidor SC, the label directions are different for Termidor and Taurus, If you want to do a perimeter treatment as a complete termite treatment, use Termidor SC not Taurus SC. Personally I think the language used in the Taurus SC product label is a little vague. I know Pest Control Operators who say they are good to go according the label for exterior perimeter termite treatments. I’ve also heard from a representative of the Georgia Department of Agriculture that told me, when State Ag. Dept. performs a Treated Soil Test, Brand discernment cannot be accomplished. Only that it using same active ingredient Fipronil, and whether the proper amount was used. The only means of policing this dilemma is to check a company’s product purchase receipts, to see if they are purchasing enough Termidor SC for the treatments they report. Because the product is nearly the same and the only difference is what label text PCOs can’t understand why they can’t use it. It’s like telling them, “don’t listen to your favorite radio station anymore, they don’t have a proper license”. Oh, Man!!
Violation of Federal Law, State Rules and Regulations and is a fine-able offense to use a product in a way that disagrees with the label. Federal Law stated the label is the law, State and local communities may override some of the Feds laws.I heard the state of Georgia State Agriculture Dept. admits that they can’t tell the difference between Termidor and Taurus when their technicians test the soil. One of the best ways to catch you using Taurus instead of Termidor is to check your chemical records to see what products you’ve been buying.
You may read the Product Label PDF here Taurus SC Label
You may read the Material Safety Data Sheet PDF here Taurus SC MSDS
After re-reading the product label, I believe the treatment specifications are vague when it comes to a post construction perimeter treatment, like the one we do using Termidor SC. Most homeowners can not use Taurus SC as a termite perimeter treatment and should stick to Termidor SC. If you are treating a monolithic or on-grade slab, Taurus termiticide wood be a good option. Perform a completely legal, and effective treatment with it. If you want to treat most other slab construction or crawl space type home, you would need to use Taurus SC as if it were a an old fashion repellent termiticide, or stick with Termidor SC. I invite corrections if my take of this label is wrong, or if I have mis-understood. Use the comment section below or send me an email to set me stright.
My take-a-way, until someone proves me wrong, is that Taurus termiticide is an excellent Perimeter pest control treatment, but for termite post treatments Taurus is limited to treating on-grade slabs and monolithic slabs for perimeter,”trench and drill pads termite treatments. Taurus SC ain’t Termidor, but it’s oh so close.
Personal note:: We have been selling Termidor SC in our store and online for years and during that time Taurus SC entered the market. At first we couldn’t give it away. But it slowly caught on and soon so many people were misinterpreting the label it was beginning to surpass Termidor SC in total sales.
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