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07/15/2015Julie from Bloomingburg, NY asked:

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Can Termidor Foam be used for yellow jackets?
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Termidor Foam is not labeled for yellow jackets. Termidor SC may be used for yellow jackets found on the exterior of a structure or within 1 foot of the foundation. Please see the product label for complete instructions. Please visit our Yellow Jacket Control Page for more information and for products approved for this use.
 


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07/06/2015Claudia from Granbury, Tx. asked:

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How long does Termidor Foam last when applied?
Termites went through stucco, insulation and sheetrock.
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If you are spot treating the voids with Termidor Foam, the product will last for about 6 weeks after applied. See our Termite Treatment article for more information on eradicating termite infestations.


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05/29/2015Laura from Bossier City, LA asked:

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How to use Termidor Foam on Carpenter Ants in my ceiling
For a couple of weeks, I have seen residue of something in my ceiling. Turns out it's carpenter ants- I have found a few dead on the floor and seen 2 or 3 climbing up the wall to a gap between the drywall and the molding. Upon looking outside, there is a small hole in my roof (shingles) at the very corner that probably made it easy for them to get in without even making any holes. Could I spray the foam into the hole in the roof, or should I drill holes from the inside drywall? I can't tell if they are in the insulation in the roof, or in the insulation of the exterior wall of the house- but my exterior walls are brick.
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Termidor Foam will treat for carpenter ants if injected into the bored holes. You will need to drill into the infested area and apply the foam. Termidor Foam expands rapidly creating a dry foam that can be applied in the voids, harborages, galleries, and nests where insects are found. The foam generated has an expansion ratio of 30:1. In about 5 seconds 1 oz. of product becomes approximately 1 quart of foam.

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05/26/2015Edward from Boca Raton, FL asked:

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How to disperse Termidor Foam?
I see in the Termidor foam label that for certain types of treatment, the foam must dissipate or be removed before leaving the area. I have some damaged wood that was treated and I thought the foam would dissipate by itself, but it has not. I do have to remove the foam so that I can repair the wood, but how should this removal be accomplished? Thank you for your help with this question.
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Termidor Foam is an expanding foam that will start to dissipate after if fully expands and will leave behind a residual that will continue to kill termites for about 6 weeks following the application. Termidor Foam will not harden. 

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05/23/2015Edward from Boca Raton, FL asked:

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How long after treatment before wood restoration can begin?
I have a couple fascia boards which were damaged by dampwood termites. The damage is limited, and the boards are not structural members, just cosmetic. An inch or so of one board was destroyed and must be rebuilt. I am planning to restore the damaged wood using a commercially available epoxy product. How long after I treat with Termidor Foam can I begin the restoration process? Thank you.
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If you used the Termidor Foam to eliminate a colony in there, and you know the entire colony is now dead, you can start the restoration process as soon as you would like. If the colony has not died off yet or you are not sure, make sure adequate time has been given to let the product work before starting the restoration process.

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05/17/2015Maria from Ft lauderdale asked:

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Is there a difference between the liquid orTermidor FOAM
Is is okay to use liquid all around. And when should the foam be used or can I just have all liquid
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You can use Termidor SC around the outside perimeter of structures and indoors as spot treatment. Please see our How to Barrier article. 

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05/11/2015Chandra from LaMarque, Texas asked:

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How to use if I see mud piles inside home
Piles at the top of windows near ceiling do I spray from floor up or from ceiling down
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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 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.

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04/15/2015Ricky from New York asked:

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Does temperature or moisture affect safety when using termidor foam?
I have active mud tube in the walls of my boiler room. I plan to inject the foam into the wall. The boiler room is always warm with the boiler or furnace running in there. Would higher temperatures cause the chemicals to be in the air as vapor? If I have a water leak in the boiler room and the water comes into contact with the foam, is that unsafe?
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As long as the product is not coming into contact with open flame or getting to extreme temperatures to hit a flash point (which is listed on the MSDS we have linked on the product page) there should be no harm. Also it will not vaporize or be an issue of water gets on it as it has moisture in it to begin with. The water if anything would dissapate the foam faster. 

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04/15/2015Ricky from New York asked:

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Is the termidor foam safe to handle after the 6 week effectiveness?
I'm planning on injecting the termidor foam inside the wall between the studs. Assuming the termites are dead after the prescribed 6 weeks, I want to take out the wall and studs to redo the wall. Is it safe for my contractor and his workers to work on the wall? Is contact or dust a concern?
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Once the Termidor Foam has dried on the surfaces behind the wall it will only be toxic to something the size of an insect or termite. It will be safe to handle the wood once dry in general but especially after the 6 week time frame. 

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03/25/2015Will from San Dimas, CA asked:

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Cannot send to CA. So what should i use?
I live in CA where the Termidor Foam cannot be sold. So can I use Termidor sc instead? What do I use to inject and where do I inject the liquid SC into the wall? Will it work just as well as the foam if used correctly?
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An alternative termiticide foam that is able to be shipped to California is Premise Foam. Whenever you are treating termites, you should treat them directly by drilling a hole through the Sheetrock and into the stud or wood they are in. It will expand and fill the void so that it can contact all surfaces and then evaporate leaving behind a residual that will last several weeks. Using Termidor SC as the liquid, you would apply the same way, it would just be a liquid and not a foam. 

Depending on the type of termites you are treating for will be a big factor as well. Take a look at our Termite Control Page to help identify if you have Drywood, Dampwood or Subterranean Termites.

If you are treating for Subterranean termites you will most likely not be able to eliminate the population with just a foam in the walls as they are coming from the soil under and outside your home. Even if you could eliminate the entire population with the Premise Foam. It normally takes a full 90 days to see an entire colony destroyed and no more signs of activity. We highly recommend you look over our article and videos on "How To Do A Termite Treatment" to see how you should accurately be eliminating the termites and properly protecting your home from any future infestations. The method described in that article is going to save you time and money in the long run. Please let us know if you have any other questions.


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03/25/2015Will from La Verne, CA asked:

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Termidor Foam only last 6 weeks? How about the 10 years guarantee?
The foam will go away in 6 weeks but the treated area will be immune to termite for 10 years, right?
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Yes, Termidor SC will last 10 years in the soil as a barrier treatment because the Fipronil bonds to the soil. Termidor Foam is used to get direct contact to the active colonies inside the wall voids and will disapate over time (usually 6 weeks)  

How to Do a Termite Treatment 


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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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