Termidor is applied as a continuous chemical soil zone around and under the home. Some termiticides are repellent and rely on keeping termites away from treated structures. While such products are toxic to termites, very few of the termites are actually killed before being repelled by the termiticide barrier. As a result, termites remain alive and actively seek gaps in the barrier in order to gain access to the building. They do this day after day, year after year until they find a way through. Termidor is non-repellant to termites. This means that they cannot detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. As a result, termites continue to randomly forage though the soil until they encounter Termidor and pick up a lethal dose. Termidor moves only a small distance outward from the site of application before binding tightly to organic matter in the soil. This means that Termidor concentration decreases with increasing distance from the site. Termites first come into contact with Termidor at the edge of the treated zone as they tunnel through soil toward the home. At this point, the product is at its lowest concentration. Those termites that do not immediately continue tunnelling into the Termidor treated zone will survive long enough to transfer Termidor to others in the colony through normal feeding and grooming. This unique Transfer Effect TM is devastating to other termites not directly exposed to the Termidor treated zone, and indeed may wipe out the entire colony. If termites continue to tunnel into the treated soil where Termidor concentration is higher, they will die more quickly. This means that Termidor is two termite treatments in one.
When applied according to the label directions, Termidor has minimal impact on the environment. Termidor is applied at some of the lowest doses of any of the termiticides available today. Termidor is water-based and has no odor. Termidor will not leach through soil and is not damaging to soil microorganisms, earthworms and plants. The Termidor program of treatment provides highly effective, long-term residual termite control. With a unique mode of action, the Termidor treatment program will not only eliminate the current activity (including the nest) but will provide proven protection against termite entry and will continue to control termites for at least 8 years. When compared with other termiticides, Termidor has consistently provided termite control over a significantly longer period. Termidor also controls termite populations more rapidly than baiting systems which rely on attracting termites to begin to work.