Frequently Asked Questions - Termites
1. Is Termidor® safe?
2. Can I buy Termidor and do the treatment myself?
3. What pest control company do you recommend?
4. Will Termidor get back to the nest?
5. Will Termidor have or leave an odour?
6. How long does it last?
7. What is involved in a Termidor treatment?
8. How much will a Termidor treatment cost?
9. PCOs dusted my home using Termidor Dust® two weeks ago, and termites are still active. What is going on?
10. Why should I choose a Termidor treatment over other products?
1. Is Termidor safe?
Termidor is one of the most thoroughly reviewed termite control products in history. Termidor has been assessed by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority and Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and is fully approved for use in domestic situations. Termidor is applied at some of the lowest doses of any of the termiticides available today. Termidor is water-based and has no odour, will not leach through soil and is not damaging to soil micro-organisms, earthworms and plants. In addition, the active ingredient is used extensively on food crops around the world and as the leading product for flea and tick control on dogs and cats in Australia since 1996. Termidor has also been safely used in over four million homes throughout the USA and Europe.
2. Can I buy Termidor and do the treatment myself?
BASF does not recommend individual companies; however BASF has implemented an extensive accreditation program, which involves selected Pest Management Professionals undergoing a four-hour course including a written examination that they must pass to become an Accredited Termidor Applicator. They must also sign legal documents stating that they:
- Will use Termidor according to the label directions and the relevant Australian Standard for termite treatments.
- Have all the necessary qualifications and are licensed as a Pest Management Professional
- Will conduct a full risk assessment before conducting a Termidor treatment (keeping a written copy on file).
This Termidor accreditation scheme is the first of its kind and has positioned BASF as one of the most professional and responsible manufacturers in Australia. A list of Accredited Termidor Applicators is available on this website.
Thanks to Termidor's unique Transfer Effect®, termites don't even need to ingest or contact the termiticide in order to die from it. All they need to do is make contact with another termite that has already contacted or ingested Termidor. This is because termites that come into contact with Termidor collect it on their bodies. They then become carriers that spread the termiticide to other termites. And the Transfer Effect doesn't quite end there. Secondarily affected termites can also pass Termidor on to others and indeed may wipe out the entire colony. Termites are social insects that live together in large colonies and feed and groom each other. The Transfer Effect makes the most of this and it's a key reason, why no other termiticide performs as well as Termidor.
No, Termidor has virtually no odour.
Data currently available indicates that Termidor, when applied as a soil treatment around or under a building or structure in accordance with label directions, will be effective against all subterranean termites for a minimum period of eight years. As with all treatments, regular inspections (at least annually) are recommended as bridging and breaching of treated zones can occur. The actual protection period will be affected by factors such as termite pressure, climatic and soil conditions and subsequent soil disturbance. Your Accredited Termidor Applicator is in the best position to give advice on your particular situation.
This depends on a number of factors too numerous to outline here. BASF has created a Homeowners DVD to help you learn more about the treatment process and the benefits of Termidor. Click here to view this DVD.
BASF has also put together a Termidor Information Pack, which contains helpful information which can be mailed to you free of charge. If you would like one sent to you, please click here and fill out an order form.
The cost of a Termidor termite treatment varies and largely depends on your particular situation (soil type, house size and construction type) and the treatment plan you and your Pest Management Professional agree upon. BASF has a Termidor Hotline which you can call free of charge during normal business hours for more information. Ring free-call 1800 006 393 to speak to a real person (an experienced Pest Management Professional) who can personally walk you through any issue or question you have regarding termite control.
9. Pest Control Operators dusted my home using Termidor Dust two weeks ago, and termites are still active. What is going on?
Assuming the Pest Management Professional has conducted a competent treatment and has been able to apply Termidor Dust to enough termites, the average time taken from treatment to complete elimination of activity is approximately four weeks. This is the fastest of any of the current termite elimination products.
Termidor is the premium termite control product on the Australian market for a number of reasons, but in simple terms, Termidor works... and works quickly. The product has been proven across Australia and throughout the world. Only Termidor has the unique Transfer Effect, which means the product not only provides a barrier to termite entry, but may also be transferred to other termites and wipe out the entire colony.
Termidor has been extensively tested under Australian conditions, including the treatment of 22 termite-infested houses across five states under an experimental use permit. The results were outstanding, with 100% control achieved (on average) within 4.3 weeks. Baiting systems can take many months to years to control a colony, plus there is no guarantee termites heading for, or already eating your home, will find or feed at the bait stations at all.
Termidor is non-repellent, this means, they cannot detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. As a result, termites continue to forage through the soil, until they encounter the Termidor treated zone and pick up a lethal dose. With repellent termiticides, gaps in the treatment may be found and exploited by termites, and this means failure.