What Chemicals & Pesticides are Safe for Termite Treatment?

Termite control products currently used in the U.S. are much more targeted and generate less of an impact on the environment than previous versions.

Not only have chemical formulations been updated, application techniques also have evolved to focus on more targeted applications at lower volumes. In the past, pest control experts applied termiticides extensively to create soil barriers to deter subterranean termites. Today, these materials can be applied with more targeted methods, including rods that run beneath the foundation of a home and baits that contain very small amounts of treatment materials.

While termiticide and bait formulations are now more targeted and less concentrated, you should still contact an expert for treatment application. Pest management professionals receive the training and certification required to stay up to date on the latest treatment materials, techniques and regulations. Qualified experts use EPA-registered formulations according to label instructions to help provide the most effective treatment with the least amount of pesticide.

To help ensure safe termite treatment in your home, make sure you understand the products suggested by your termite control specialist. He or she can answer questions about the benefits, limitations and safety precautions associated with specific products before recommending a prevention and treatment approach for your home.

Safe Termite Control Products
There are many termite control products currently registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for residential termite treatments.

Subterranean Termites
A few common EPA-registered products for subterranean termite control include fipronil (Termidor®), chlorfenapyr (Phantom®) and imidacloprid (Premise®).

Drywood Termites
The EPA offers specific certification and training for licensed pest management professionals who provide whole structure fumigation with sulfuryl fluoride, a fumigant.

Borate solutions also have been approved for use in direct wood treatment. The most common borate used for wood treatment is disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT).