With the development of integrated pest management practices, the application of termite control chemicals (baits or termite pesticides called termiticides) is now more targeted, more effective and at a lower volume.
Together, academic experts, researchers and the pest management industry have made great strides in understanding the biology and behavior of termites and using this knowledge to develop the control methods and products used today. Through integrated pest management, professionals learn to use a variety of targeted control methods, which helps minimize the amount of chemicals required for effective prevention and treatment.
As technology and research progress, new termiticides have been developed. These chemicals are less broad-based and more directly target termites' unique biology and behavior. Since these termiticides are effective at lower volumes and concentrations than previous versions, they have less of an impact on the environment than their predecessors.
One key example of evolving termiticide technology is the development of non-repellent termiticide. Through a transfer effect, a non-repellent termiticide controls both the termites that come into direct contact with it and nestmates who indirectly come into contact with it through feeding and grooming. Previously, a repellent termiticide controlled only the termites that directly touched it.
Effective termite control can require the use of pesticides in combination with non-chemical methods. Your pest control professional can recommend the most targeted treatment approach that uses the least amount of materials necessary to help provide effective control. Before treatment, make sure to ask your pest control expert how these materials can impact your family, pets and the environment.