Mar 25, 2013 - 09:44 PM
Termite baiting became popular in the late 1990's because there were no suitable products or chemicals available other than Dursban TC, Dragnet, Premise and others. These products did not provide "colony elimination" and the control was limited, mainly due to the overall lifespan of the chemical.
Sentricon Termite Baiting System - developed by Dow Agrosciences in the mid 1990's promised "termite colony elimination" which the soil chemical treatments could never provide. It has also never been proven - in real world testing - to my knowledge.
Termidor was introduced in 2000 and promised an entirely new concept in termite control. Termite colony elimination through a "domino effect". In other words, once a termite was infected with Termidor it would pass it off to other termites in as little as 90 days and also provide "Termite colony elimination" - which has also never been proven in real world tests to my knowledge.
Here is the bottom line - Subterranean Termite Treatments using Termidor are usually very effective, and provide control within 90 days. This treatment can also last up to 15 years (BASF information).
Sentricon is also very effective - once the termites have consumed an amount of bait needed to control the colony. This alone can take 3-5 years or longer (Dr. Roger Gold - Texas A&M University).
The method you decide to use can employ many factors. But honestly, for most homeowners, a proper treatment using Termidor is as effective or even more effective than using termite baits, costs much less and does not require any maintenance.
Sentricon has become a real sales tool drawing huge profits by many pest control companies. Termidor, Taurus and even Premise, would be my first line of defense if I had a termite problem. But I don't, because when I built my home 12 years ago, I pretreated with Termidor. No signs of termites yet.