Eastern Subterranean termite is the most common and most widely
distributed termite in North America. It is a problem for home owners
from southern Ontario in Canada, south throughout the Eastern United
States and as far west as Montana.
This native American pest feeds on such cellulose
materials as structural wood, wood fixtures, paper, books, and cotton.
Occasionally, it will even attack the roots of shrubs and trees.
A mature colony of Eastern Subterranean termites can
range from a low of 20,000 to a high of 5 million workers, with an
average of 300,000. The colony's queen will add 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per
year to the total.
While Eastern Sub termite colonies are not the
largest termite colonies you can find, there will often be more than one
of them working in a single building. Signs of Easterns include
dirt-colored tubes built to serve as protected paths from the earth to
the wood the termites are feeding on, and the translucent wings shed by
the kings and queens during swarming. Swarming usually occurs in the
spring, but other, smaller swarms can occur throughout the summer and
Some quick facts about Eastern Subs
- An average Eastern Sub termite colony can consume
5 grams of wood per day, the equivalent of 2 1/3 linear feet of a
2'x4' pine board annually.
- Colony growth is slow, and it may take years
before swarmers are produced.
- Eastern Sub termites can enter buildings through
cracks less than 1/16" wide.
- The termite colony is made up of different types
(castes) of termites - each with separate work responsibilities.
Eastern Sub termite colonies are largely located in the ground below
the frost line, secondary colonies can exist above ground, and
examples of true above ground colonies existing without any ground
contact have been seen. However, such above ground colonies have
access to moisture and often the source is a roof or plumbing leak.
- Eastern Sub termites will often build mud tubes
for travel between their colonies and their food sources.
- The king and queen in a colony can live for 10 to
30 years, while workers live for about two years.
Whatever the species, Termidor® termiticide/insecticide
is your answer
Fortunately, there is a solution to termite problems
like those posed by Eastern Sub termites: It's Termidor, the world's
most amazing termiticide.
Tests have shown Termidor to be 100% effective against subterranean
termites, even in the most challenging situations. It will completely
eliminate your termites within 3 months of application. No exceptions.
Termidor is a non-repellent
If a termiticide is non-repellent, that means the
termites can't see it, smell it, or feel it. In fact, they don't know
it's there at all. As a result, they'll continue to forage in treated
areas. That might alarm you, but it's a good thing. Termites that are
active in areas that have been treated with Termidor are helping to
spread Termidor to more termites; they are, in fact, helping the
termiticide do its job. Rest assured that in a short time all the
termites-those you see and those you don't-will be controlled.
Remember, Termidor kills in two ways
First, Termidor kills termites when they eat it (and
since they don't know it's there, they readily ingest it along with the
wood fiber and other material they typically eat). Second, Termidor
kills termites that simply come into contact with it. So, even if your
termites are not feeding, Termidor will kill them.
Termites that come into contact with Termidor will
also carry it on their bodies. As a result, every other termite they
contact, feed, or groom will also be exposed to Termidor. All these
termites will in turn transfer the termiticide to still more termites.
This will go on for several days, allowing Termidor to be spread
throughout the entire colony. This unique mode of action is known as the
The active ingredient in Termidor, fipronil, is slow
acting. That's a very good thing for you, and a very bad thing for the
Eastern Sub termite colony. Why? Because Termidor remains active long
enough for one termite to transfer the termiticide to a large number of
other termites in the colony before dying itself. And although
Termidor's effect on individual termites is intentionally slow, the
overall impact on the colony is fast.: it can be 2-6 times faster than
What to expect after application
home is different, so the specifics of your Termidor treatment and
results will depend on your home's age, configuration, construction and
level of infestation. Your Termidor Certified Professional will explain
the best procedure for your situation. The entire application program is
typically complete in a day or less; however, you may see some evidence
of termite activity for several days afterward. That's okay. Rest
assured that Termidor is working, and its unique ingestion, contact, and
"Transfer Effect" will eliminate termites from your home. Remember,
responsible termite control demands periodic inspections by a licensed
pest management professional.