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02/27/2015Terri from san diego, california asked:

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How do I inject Termidor in stained, tongue and groove wood ceiling?
My house has an open beam, tongue and groove wood ceiling. There is evidence of Drywood termite activity in a few of the boards; I saw droppings on the floor in the summer and I see a few, tiny kick out holes in the boards. I have several questions: 1) which Termidor product should I inject? 2) What diameter hole do I need to drill? 3) do I plug the hole with wood putty or silicone caulk immediately after injecting Termidor?
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Termidor Foam would be good to use.  You would drill directly into the kickout holes you are seeing so that you can get directly in the gallery where the termites actively are.  You want to drill a 3/8 to 1/2 inch hole.  You can plug the hole with which putty/caulk you would like after if wanted.

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02/10/2015Lisa from Long Island Bahamas asked:

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How do I get rid of termites in my kitchen cabinets
I have an infestation in custom kitchen cabinets that are only 2 years old. There are no signs of entry from outside the house. I believe they were in the cabinets when they arrived from the manufacturer. I contacted my insurance company and although not listed under exclusions, insects are not covered. My boyfriend is a custom home builder who can take the face boards off those that are still intact. I was away from my home for months returning to find thousands of dollars of destruction and I am at a loss on what to do. I read your reviews on the Termidor foam and saw one review saying it is not for use in kitchen cabinets. Please let me know if there are any options you can recommend?
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 The Termidor Foam is definitely an amazing product and does well to transfer. That being said,  you would have to drill holes into the cabinets to inject it into the galleries the termites have created for it to expand through their tunnels and reach them. Honestly, we have many customers in the Bahamas that use our products (they have them shipped through freight forwarders) and its very common for you to have a variety of termites in your area that could have flown in from the outside and infested the cabinets. The only downside to the cabinets themselves is if they weren't pretreated before being assembled/stained from the people you purchased them from. If there were termites in them when they came from the manufacturer, the likely hood of them being in there this whole time with no signs of damage or kick out holes and dust until 2 years out is extremely slim. Cabinets aren't that thick compared to beams and supports of the structures of homes which can cause finding termite damage and activity signs to be less noticeable for longer. Normally activity would show up not long after you received the cabinets if they came infested. Now, if it's powder post beetles they could have been in the raw wood without you or even the cabinet company knowing they were there. Powder post beetle larvae can stay dormant up to 20 years sometimes in the wood and then emerge. If that is what you have, your best mode of action would be to have your home tented/fumigated to kill them all at once. Termidor Foam won't work for you in that case and the products we have that would work would require you sand your custom cabinets down to raw wood and then apply them. This is a tough situation for you but fumigation is almost your only option. 


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02/07/2015Lisa from Long Island Bahamas asked:

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I bought Kitchen Cabinets from Abbey Lane Cabinetry of NC
I paid for custom cabinets and had them shipped to the Bahamas. Two years after the installation the Kitchen Cabinets were destroyed by termites. Nothing that any insect control expert here had seen. I contacted the manufacturer Wentworth of the Carolina's and was told they had renamed and restructured their company. I spend over 25K on these cabinets. What I face is an un-killable infustation and a manufacturer that will not reply to me. Can you tell me if this product can help me kill and at least save the cabinets that are not destroyed? A friend had used and praised this product. Please help me as I don't know what to do or where to turn?
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The Termidor Foam is definitely an amazing product and does well to transfer. That being said,  you would have to drill holes into the cabinets to inject it into the galleries the termites have created for it to expand through their tunnels and reach them. Honestly, we have many customers in the bahamas that use our products (they have them shipped through freight forwarders) and its very common for you to have a variety of termites in your area that could have flown in from the outside and infested the cabinets. The only downside to the cabinets themselves is if they weren't pretreated before being assembled/stained from the people you purchased them from. If there were termites in them when they came from the manufacturer, the likely hood of them being in there this whole time with no signs of damage or kick out holes and dust until 2 years out is extremely slim. Cabinets aren't that thick compared to beams and supports of the structures of homes which can cause finding termite damage and activity signs to be less noticeable for longer. Normally activity would show up not long after you received the cabinets if they came infested. Now, if its powder post beetles they could have been in the raw wood without you or even the cabinet company knowing they were there. Powder post beetle larvae can stay dormant up to 20 years sometimes in the wood and then emerge. If that is what you have, your best mode of action would be to have your home tented/fumigated to kill them all at once. Termidor foam wont work for you in that case and the products we have that would work would require you sand your custom cabinets down to raw wood and then apply them. This is a tough situation for you but fumigation is almost your only option. 

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02/03/2015Bryan from Oxnard, CA asked:

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Foam Leaks back under Cap while injecting
When I press the cap to inject the foam it leaks back under the cap and covers the can and my hands. Is this correct or did I get a dud cap or am I using it wrong. I ended up just taking the cap off and using the actual can and top as the applicator.
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It could or could not be a defective can. Please call us Mon-Fri 9-5 EST. We would like to help trouble shoot with you and find a solution to this problem. We appreciate your business and look forward to speaking with you soon!

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01/27/2015Deborah from Hilton Head Island, SC asked:

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power post beetles in columns
I have four 11ft h by 2ft Ida x 6 ft circumference hollow wood columns that need treatment for power post beetles. It is cost prohibitive to sand down all the columns and treat with Boracare. Is this product an option? How would you suggest I apply and how much needed per column?
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Termidor Foam is labeled to be used for powder post beetles and how much you need will depend really on how many holes you actually have to treat.  As this product does not penetrate into the wood you will need to treat each individual hole.  The foam generated has an expansion ratio of 30:1. In about 5 seconds 1 oz. of product becomes approximately 1 quart of foam.   Another option would be to still use the Boracare or Jecta and drill into the wood and inject it, as it will penetrate into the wood.

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11/22/2014Susan from HI asked:

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Ordered foam but no metal tips were included, only a black rubber tip on can
Treating termites in kitchen cabinets, is there a time period I need to wait so it is safe to put drawers and dishes back in cabinets??
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Termidor Foam does not come with any metal tips. It only comes with the plastic tip on the end of the tube attachment.

Termidor Foam is not labeled to be used in kitchen cabinets per the manufacturer. It should only be used in wall voids.


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11/14/2014Victor from Chandler, AZ asked:

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What is the difference between Termidor Foam & Premise Foam? Which one is more effective to kill termites?
What is the difference between Termidor Foam & Premise Foam? Which one is more effective to kill termites behind the wall? I have termites all over my house behind the wall, and want the effective foam to kill the little them.
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Termidor Foam and Premise Foam have two different active ingredients. Because of its active ingredient, imidacloprid, Premise Foam works differently from other termiticides which repel, rather than kill, termites. Termites tunneling or foraging in the spaces treated with Premise Foam will go about their usual activities without being repelled. The exposed termites then remain unaffected for a few days, before sudden death occurs. In the meantime, the exposed termites are able to spread the Premise chemical to unexposed termites by physical contact when they feed or groom the other termites, resulting in a domino death effect which wipes out more of the colony. Termites who contact Termidor Foam transfer it to every other termite they in turn contact, in a unique process called the "Transfer Effect." And because Termidor is engineered to be slow-acting, termites have ample time to spread it throughout their entire termite population.

They are both effective products that will work to combat termites if you are treating the area directly.


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07/18/2014Mitch from Mesa Az. asked:

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TERMIDOR FOAM
How many feet will a can of termidor foam treat in a 2x6 wall
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Termidor Foam will equal to 20 quarts of solution. You will not foam the entire void with Termidor Foam, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. If you are seeing them along the baseboard areas, drill holes every 8-10 inches apart across the area between studs, about an inch or 2 above the baseboard. Use the same injection rate for each hole and let dry. It has some residual for about a month after it dissipates so if any are missed in the initial application the rest of the colony should be affected. If you know where an active infestation is, you should indeed direct treat with the Termidor Foam. The foam will only last for about 6 weeks because it is not bonding with soil molecules. 

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07/14/2014Teresa from Austin, asked:

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Is it best to spray foam at ceiling line or floor level?
Termites entered back room thru ceiling. Home was spot treated by a professional. While doing cleanup, I noticed tiny pin holes in two walls in the room and a portion of the ceiling. I sealed the wall and painted. I've noticed a few pin holes near the ceiling on one wall. I've ordered some Termidor foam. The professional drilled holes at the floor. Is a good idea for me to spray the foam thru holes drilled near the ceiling line?
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We recommend that you drill directly into the stud 6in from floor and 6in from ceiling and inject the Termidor Foam into the holes. Each application will last for 6 weeks.

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07/06/2014Guy from United States asked:

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How do you treat a Florida carpenter ant (bull ant) that is not wood destroying?
I have Florida carpenter ants nesting in voids where my patio roof meets the main roof of my house. These ants are winged males coming out in the evening at dusk. I killed as many as I could see with Raid Ant and Roach killer, but I am sure that the nests are alive and well deep in the voids. I looked them up on the web and these ants do not destroy hard wood and prefer voids in structures or soft wood. What can I treat them with?
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If you can get to the voids where you know the ants are nesting and trailing you could use a product like Termidor Foam to expand and reach as much of the nest as possible. Once the foam dissipates it will dry and leave behind a residual for a few weeks to transfer from one ant to the next to eliminate the entire colony in the home. After eliminating the colony you will want to try and seal up as many entry points for the ants as possible for the next year.

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06/23/2014Max asked:

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What is the smallest injector tip provided with Termidor foam?
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There is only one injection tip that comes with Termidor Foam. The tip of the Termidor Foam is about 13 mm in length and 1 mm hole size. The hole size that the product should be applied in is 1/8" - 1/4". The holes should be drilled between 8-10 inches apart.


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05/08/2014suresh from chennai, India asked:

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I have found termite tubes in my wardrobe closet. How do I treat this with Termidor foam?
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When performing a spot treatment behind a wall it is very important to drill directly into the affected stud and foam into the termite galleries as well as the void on either side of the stud. You will not foam the entire void with Termidor Foam, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. Foam is preferred because it has the ability to expand and travel deep into the termite galleries, cracks and crevices, and wall void much better, which does provide better coverage than liquids.

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04/20/2014Randy from Palm Harbor , Florida asked:

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Once I eject the foam but don't use the entire can how long is Termidor Foam good for?
Shelf Life Termidor Foam after initial use . What do you do for clean up of the nozzle and hose
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Termidor Foam should have a shelf life of about 1-2 years. The nozzle and hose should just be rinsed with water after use.

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04/14/2014Alex from United States asked:

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Termidor Foam is it expanding like a sealing foam or is it an expanding foam that fills...
a hole and then dissipates after it fully expands
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Termidor Foam is an expanding foam that will start to disspate after if fully expands and will leave behind a residual that will continue to kill termites for about 6 weeks following the application.

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04/09/2014Art asked:

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Termidor FOAM contact with skin
some of the foam touch my forearm and I was not able to wash it completely off for about 10 minutes. I dont see anything on the label about how to treat the area. I washed with soap and water for about 15 minutes per the Termidor SC label.
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Yes, as long as you were able to rinse the area Termidor foam touched with soap and water for 15 minutes, there should be no harm. If you are still concerned please contact BASF 800-526-1072.

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04/08/2014Linda from Lodi, CA asked:

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Need an indoor localized spot treatment product for Drywood Termites.
I live in California and wanted to get the Termidore Foam for a local indoor treatment of Drywood termites. You apparently don't sell this to California. What would you recommend?
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The Alpine Ant and Termite Foam would be a fantastic option to perform spot treatments and it is for sale to California residents. Alpine Ant and Termite Foam comes from a new line of Reduced Risk Non-Repellent products which means effective pest control with a safer active ingredient. 

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03/25/2014John from Garden Grove, CA asked:

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Does Termidor foam work for ground holes?
I have subterranean termites around the kitchen sink. I drilled 2 ground holes near it, reaching the soil. Would using the foam work or should I use the liquid one instead?
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If you have drilled into the soil and are treating the soil under the slab then it is best to use Termidor SC. When you use Termidor SC in soil, it will last atleast 10 years.

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03/08/2014joseph from brunswick georgia 31525 asked:

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Drilling 2x4 wood stud to treat for termites. What size hole do I need and what product will I need
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To treat wood studs, you want to drill a 3/8 to 1/2  hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. If you are seeing them along the baseboard areas, drill holes every 8-10 inches apart across the area between studs, about an inch or 2 above the baseboard. Use the same injection rate for each hole and let dry. It has some residual for about a month after it dissipates so if any are missed in the initial application the rest of the colony should be affected. If you know where an active infestation is, you should indeed direct treat with the Termidor Foam. The foam will only last for about 6 weeks because it is not bonding with soil molecules. An outside trench will need to be performed also. Please click on the article on how to perform your own termite treatment for additional information and tips.

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03/03/2014Robert from Tustin, CA asked:

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Termidor Foam vs Termidor SC?
What is the advantage of the foam vs the liquid termidor? Wouldn't spraying liquid termidor into a wall void at the top of the wall be essentially the same? If not better? Liquid termidor has a 6 month residual. Foam supposedly is good for only a few weeks. If you insert a spray nozzle into your wall and pull the trigger, all that liquid will saturate the wall and drip down covering the studs, insulation, drywall, whatever.... In fact I would think that liquid would be able to penetrate cracks and crevices better than any expanding foam.... So the drywall gets wet, big deal it will dry ... What say you?
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Termidor Foam is the preferred option over Termidor SC when treating an active infestation of termites behind a wall. When performing a spot treatment behind a wall it is very important to drill directly into the affected stud and foam into the termite galleries as well as the void on either side of the stud. You will not foam the entire void with Termidor Foam, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. Foam is preferred because it has the ability to expand and travel deep into the termite galleries, cracks and crevices, and wall void much better, which does provide better coverage than liquids. 

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12/27/2013Eugene from Coalinga Ca asked:

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How can I kill termites in one wall.
I have dry wood termites in one short wall in my home. Can I kill them myself.
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You can kill the termites yourself! The easiest and most efficient way would be to use Termidor Foam.

If there is no insulation in the wall then there's not many reasons for them to be in that wall void as the insulation would provide an area to nest. They may travel behind the wall voids but the main nest will not be behind it. They will most likely be using the studs as a food source and traveling up the sides of the studs. You will not foam the entire wall void, rather you will drill a hole close to the top of the ceiling/stud on either side of the stud. Once the holes are in place on each side, inject the foam into each hole for 5-10 seconds, allowing the foam to expand but slide down the sides of the studs where they would travel. If you are seeing them along the baseboard areas, drill holes every 8-10 inches apart across the area between studs, about an inch or 2 above the baseboard. Use the same injection rate for each hole and let dry. The Termidor Foam has some residual for about a month after it dissipates so if any are missed in the initial application the rest of the colony should be affected. f

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