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Taurus SC Termiticide

Taurus SC with 9.1% Fipronil (the same amount of a.i. as the popular Termidor SC) provides best-in-class control of termites, ants and a wide variety of other insect pests including spiders, roaches, ticks and many more. It is labeled to treat for subterranean, arborel, drywood, and dampwood termites.  Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide that is undetectable to target pests, allowing them touch, ingest and spread the insecticide throughout the entire colony. For termites, Taurus SC will eliminate termite colonies in less than 90 days on average, and ant infestations can be controlled in just a few weeks.

Taurus SC is labeled for OUTDOOR USE ONLY.  The only exception is for indoor spot treatments inside wall voids for termites. Please follow all label directions carefully before use.

More than two applications of Taurus SC per calendar year can be made only if applied according to one of the following frequency and dilution rate application scenarios. DO NOT exceed the specified number of applications per calendar year.

The use directions include up to four (4) applications per year at the 0.03% dilution rate for outside surfaces and along the foundation perimeter of listed structures.

0.03% 4 times/calendar year OR

0.06% 2 times/calendar year OR

0.03% 2 times/calendar year and 0.06% 1 time/calendar year

These directions do NOT apply to CALIFORNIA. California may only do 2 applications a year. 

CANNOT be used on pets for any reason.




How Taurus SC Works

Taurus SC Termiticide contains the same active ingredient as the popular Termidor SC, the non-repellent Fipronil. Fipronil belongs to the phenylpyrazole family of insecticides, acting primarily as a GABA inhibitor, attacking the central nervous system of target pests. Fipronil is extremely effective, yet it works slowly enough on target insect pests to take advantage of the natural food-sharing habits of social insects, particularly termites and ants. This means that the fipronil in Taurus SC spreads throughout the entire colony, killing not just those insects that come in contact with the direct spray or residual, but all the others they contact, resulting in colony elimination.

Target Pests

Subterranean termites, ants, cockroaches, occasional perimeter invaders

PESTS CONTROLLED: Ants (acrobat, Argentine, big-headed, carpenter, crazy, odorous, pavement, pharaoh, thief), Asian lady beetles, darkling beetles, Australian cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, smoky brown cockroaches, Black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, cellar spiders, hobo spiders, Box-elder bugs, Pill bugs, Brown and dog ticks, Centipedes, Cluster flies, European earwigs, House crickets, Millipedes, Paper wasps (NOT a knockdown agent), Silverfish, Yellow jackets, Subterranean termites (including Reticulitermes, Zootermopsis, Heterotermes, Coptotermes)

Target Uses

Taurus SC is a generic version of Termidor SC, the termiticide most widely used by professional pest control companies. Taurus SC is designed for the prevention and treatment of termite infestations, and it can be applied either pre-construction or post-construction. Taurus SC is also labeled for the outdoor perimeter control of many common invaders, most effectively for ants. Because of its efficacy and longevity, termite treatments with Taurus SC may last up to 10 years, and outdoor perimeter treatments only need to be applied twice per year. Taurus SC may also be used in structural wall voids to treat active subterranean termite and ant infestations. Taurus SC is not for general indoor use.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Fipronil 9.1%

Taurus SC Application Instructions

Always read the product label completely before use.

Outside Barrier Treatment:

The main use for Taurus SC is for protection against subterranean termite infestations. To accomplish this, an outside barrier treatment is made in the ground around the foundation of the home that will protect against termites for up to 10 years or more.

First, you will need to dig a 6 inches deep x 6 inches wide trench around the outside foundation wall of the home. Next, mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply at a rate of 4 mixed gallons per every 10 lineal feet of trench. It is best to use a 5 gallon bucket and mark off the 4 gallon line, then mix 4 gallons of Taurus SC at a time and pour it in the trench. Allow the solution to soak into the soil and then replace the back-fill, making sure that the back-fill is soaked with Taurus SC as well. When you are done, you should have one contiguous in-ground barrier of Taurus SC all the way around the home.

Treating across slabs of concrete touching the house (such as a back patio or front porch) can be accomplished by using a hammer drill with a 1/2-inch drill bit. Holes are drilled through the concrete approximately 3-4 inches out from the house and every 12 inches across the concrete slab. Please see the product label for more information.

For more information please see the article: How to do a Termite Treatment.

Each 20 oz. bottle of concentrate yields 25 gallons of finished solution. Each 78 oz. bottle of concentrate yields 97 gallons of finished solution.

Standard Application Dilution Rates / Mixing Ratios for Taurus SC

  • 0.8 fl. oz. (24 mL)/ gal. of water – 0.06% a.i. – most applications, ground termite treatments, ant or other perimeter pest control.
  • 1.2 fl. oz. (35 mL)/ gal. of water – 0.09% a.i. – may be used for active infestations or severe termite pressure.
  • 1.6 oz. (47 mL)/ gal. of water – 0.125% a.i. – areas of dense soil that will not accept a rate of 4 gal. per 10 linear feet; only use 2 gal. per 10 linear feet per foot of depth.
  • Apply at a rate of 4 gallons of finished solution per 10 linear feet for perimeter termite applications.
  • Apply at a rate of 1-1.5 gallon(s) of finished solution per 10 square feet of horizontal ground that will be under concrete slabs (pre-construction).
  • For perimeter pest treatments (ants, etc.), apply 2 quarts of 0.06% spray per 160 lineal feet.

Taurus SC is for use in the following areas:

Outside surfaces and along foundation of Residential, institutional, commercial and industrial buildings and utility enclosures; wall voids of listed structures; NOT for indoor use; for pre-construction and post-construction treatment for termites, including concrete structures such as patios, porches, sidewalks and foundation slabs; concrete slab (including monolithic, floating and supported concrete slabs) on ground or in basements; hollow block foundations or voids in masonry; structures with French drains and sump pumps; basement structures; crawl spaces; around bath traps and shower drains; posts, poles, and wood landscape ornamentation

Indoors

Taurus SC is not for Indoor use. The only permitted use indoors is for active ant or termite infestations in wall voids only.

Treating Live Termite Infestations above ground:

To control Aerial termite colonies or Drywood Termites, mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply to infested wooden members or voids. To treat inaccessible areas (for example, if the termite infestation is behind dry wall), drill and inject Taurus SC into the damaged wood of void spaces with a crack and crevice injector. Foam applications can also be made into void spaces.

Outdoors

Termite Control – See general directions above. See our article How to Do a Termite Treatment for more details.

How to Use Taurus SC for Ant Control:

For outdoor control of Ants and other perimeter pests, mix 0.8 fl. oz. of Taurus SC per gallon of water and apply using a hand-pump sprayer around the outside of the home, spraying 1 foot up the side of the house and 1 foot out from the house, all the way around the home. Also spray around any exterior openings where pests may enter such as doors (don't spray near door handles), windows, pipes, cracks, vents, holes, etc. Make sure to treat the joint where exterior siding (wood, vinyl, aluminum or other similar materials) meets the cement, brick or block foundation. Treat anywhere electrical, cable or telephone wires enter the house. This application should be made only twice per year, in the Spring and Fall. Taurus SC works well enough that only 2 applications per year are needed for effective control.

Also be careful to prune away vegetation including shrubs and tree branches that may be touching the side of the house. This will keep pests from using shrubs and tree branches to bypass the protective barrier you sprayed.

Taurus SC Termiticide Features

  • The same amount of Fipronil as Termidor SC for less.
  • Easier, faster, and more effective than termite bait stations.
  • Foam applications may be made in voids for above ground termite infestations.
  • Water-based suspension.
  • Broad labeling for control of perimeter pests.
  • Convenient tip-and-pour bottle eliminates the need for other measuring equipment.

Extra Tips

  • Do not make applications when precipitation is occurring.
  • Do not treat soil that is water-saturated or frozen.
  • Do not apply Taurus SC in any way that may contaminate a water source or within 5 feet of a well or cistern. Treatment within 5-10 feet of wells or cisterns must be done by backfill method only (removing the dirt to be treated and replacing it after it has been treated elsewhere or in a container such as a wheelbarrow).
  • Do not treat edible vegetation or treat within one foot out from the drip line of edible plants.
  • Do not exceed 2 applications per year for perimeter pests.
  • Do not apply to pet quarters or to playground equipment.

Compare to: Termidor SC

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  • 76 of 79 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  ANTS
    By Fran in Sunrise Beach, Mo on 08/21/2011
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    IT WORKS!!! Three days after the perimeter of my house was sprayed, no more ants! In twelve years Taurus SC is the only thing that has even touched the ant problem. Now they're gone!

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  • 66 of 70 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Taurus SC
    By Wally in Holland, MI USA on 06/12/2012

    Taurus is a non-repelling insecticide. Following the directions for termite treatment I trenched at the perimeter of my home, sprayed and put the dirt back in. The product works great. It has been two years since I treated my property. So far no signs of harm to good insects because my flowering trees and plants are pollinating just fine. I have recommended this product to my homeowner's association.

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  • 45 of 48 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  DIY Tremite control
    By Zachary in Ocala, Florida on 03/20/2012

    Easy to use,much cheaper than hiring a service. I treated my entire home and barn. Goodbye ants and termites.

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  • 42 of 46 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent product
    By Tim in Tallahassee, FL on 11/07/2011

    This product is very handy to use with the squeezable pre-measured dispenser with separate cap. It allows the user to measure small amounts to apply in tight spaces when a watering can is used and only one or two gallons are needed at a time. Complete instructions are attached to the bottle so you always have them handy for reference. The same stuff the professionals use at a fraction of the cost!

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  • 31 of 36 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Outstanding
    By Jim in cabot, ar on 05/23/2012
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    The termidor brand really works, so I hope this will to. I spray around three different houses every three months and never have ants. Before, I had them all the time no matter what I sprayed with.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  No ants
    By Db in Hillsborough, NH on 08/21/2017

    Been about a month since we sprayed our foundation with Taurus SC for carpenter ants. Haven't seen any ants since.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Taurus sc termitiside for little black ants
    By Jim in Carrollton, Tx on 08/20/2017

    I have been fighting these ants two summers outside in north Texas all around house and yard. Used baits, sprays, nothing worked. After reading reviews on Taurus sc I ordered. I sprayed per instructions, one ft. up on house and one ft. out on ground. I sprayed stones around the flower beds. From the next day I have not found one crawling ant and I have been looking for two weeks, sounds too good to be true, but I am amazed. Hope you have good results too.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Great product
    By Th in Madisonville on 08/20/2017

    Concentrate worked great, chose to use Gallon Jugs to mix liquid and dispense around peremiter

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tauras SC Termiticide
    By Nancy in Belleville, Mi on 08/19/2017

    Excellent service.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Works good on ants
    By Michael in Foothill Ranch, CA on 08/17/2017

    I live in southern california and during the hot months we always get a few ants. This year was a little worse with multiple ants in two bathrooms and the kitchen. Killing 10 at a time, come back 5 minutes later to kill 10 more. An exterminator told me about Termidor is a good way to kill ants. I got Taurus as it is cheaper for the same product. Sprayed around the outside of the house as instructions indicated and the ants disappeared that day. Haven't seen any inside for 3 weeks.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  One of the BEST!
    By Vic in Yakima, Washington on 08/17/2017

    Taurus SC is by far the best insect spray I've ever used. After repeatedly spraying for ants coming into our home, a friend recommended it. I used it one time and it's kept them away for two years. Now it's time to spray again. I also sprayed out back where we had ticks and the dogs have been tick free ever since.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Excellent product
    By Vincent in Clayton NJ on 08/13/2017

    I was a bit skeptical at first but my ants disappeared in two days and never returned. I tried other products with no success.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Clean Um Out
    By John in fREMONT nc on 08/13/2017

    Rid the Termites

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Taurus SC
    By Martin in Hollywood Fl on 08/12/2017

    Folks Excellent product!!!!! Ants took over the house. Sprayed today and by two days ants dead. Didn't see even one.. Thank goodness for this product I spent a lot of money on ants.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Good Stuff
    By Steve in Fort Valley, Georgia on 08/12/2017

    I have been using Taurus SC for a few years for a multitude of pest control. There is no odor. I recently used it to treat a spot infestation of termites after discovering a plumbing leak. Like usual, I was not disappointed in the results.

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11/02/2011 Mike from Reno, Nevada

QWhat is the difference between Taurus SC and Termidor SC?

ATaurus SC is the generic version of Termidor SC. They both share the same active ingredient at the same concentration and pretty much the same label. The main difference is the manufacturer.

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02/02/2012 Rob from Tucson, Az

QCan public/DIY users buy any size volume containers of Taurus?
You note that Termidor only allows 20oz bottles to be sold to DIYers; does the generic Taurus have any limitations on sales?

ANo, Taurus does not have any restrictions.  Homeowners can buy both the 20 oz. bottles and the 78 oz. bottles.

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08/25/2013 Trina from Lahoma, Ok

QHow many gallons will one container of Taurus make. Please list both the 20 oz and the 78oz?

AThe 20 oz. bottle of Taurus SC will make 25 gallons of finished solution.
The 78 oz. bottle will make 100 gallons of finished solution.

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11/29/2014 Mandi from Peoria

QCan I use Gravel/crushed rock for the backfill after treatment?
After digging the trench and treating the whole house for termites can i use crushed rock/gravel foe the backfill? For ease of future treatments instead of digging the trench again in 5-10 years couldn't we just pour through the gravel?

AYou do not want to use grave/crushed rock as your backfill after a termite treatment. Termidor does not bond to rock, it bonds to soil, so if you fill in the trench with gravel, the termidor will not stick to it and it will leave you with a 6x6 area of completely unprotected surface that the termites could pass through to get directly to your home. We understand that the digging of the trench is a pain, but it must be done each time and it must be backfilled with dirt, and the dirt that is backfilled must be treated as well if you want your home properly and completely protected. 

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04/08/2013 Kathy from Houston, Tx

QIs Taurus SC as effective on termites as it is on ants?
I just came across termites in the garage which is connected to the house. I NEED to know that this product will absolutely lambaste these critters!!! I've read rave reviews about ants...can I look for the same with termites? HELP, PLEASE!!!!

AFipronil, the active ingredient in Taurus, is known to be the best product on the market for termite control. Be sure to read the product label to make sure you are doing the treatment correctly. Our instructions, How to do a Termite Treatment can also be very helpful for homeowners.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

12/14/2016 Stephen from Cantonment

QCan you treat hardwood trees with Taurus SC Termiticide?

A

Taurus SC Termiticide does list tree treatments on the label. However, it is only labeled for injection applications, and not for a general spray†on or around trees.

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11/20/2016 Mike from Portland, Or

QHow do you clean up a small spill of diluted Taurus SC?
About an ounce spilled in the garage. I wiped up then went back with a bleach rag to neutralize. I think we're ok but want to be sure...my small kids have some toys in there they access. Do I need to do more? Are there "fumes" I need to be aware of? Thank you.

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As long as the area that†Taurus SC Termiticide†was spilled on is dry it should be safe to be around. Generally you could just use water to hose the area and wash it away.†There are no fumes from the product that would cause any harm.

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11/15/2016 Ray from Casa Grande, Az

QHow toxic is Taurus SC to reptiles?
I live where there are a lot of lizards and birds. I have ants I can't get rid of. They live around the bases of trees and cacti, as well as in the ground. If I'm careful when applying Taurus SC, will it be safe for the birds and lizards? I would only use it where the ants are nesting, and not use it as a broadcast spray.

A

Taurus SC Termiticide should not harm lizards. It could kill the insects they are feeding on, thus making them go somewhere else for food.†Taurus is a great product for ant control but it can only be used on or within one foot of a structure. You cannot use Taurus out in the lawn as this type of treatment is prohibited by the Taurus†product label. We do have a wide variety of ant bait granules and insecticides that you can use out in the lawn to control ants. You can find these products by going to our†Ant Control Page.

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10/20/2016 Israel from Venice

QCan I use Taurus SC to control millipedes?
I've treated the perimeter of my home using Taurus SC as a prevention against termites and ants but recently noticed an invasion of millepedes throughout my yard, with some making their way into my home -- it doesn't seem all that effective on millipedes. Is there a recommended approach to using Taurus SC to treat our mulch beds (suspected source)?

A

Taurus SC is labeled to kill millipedes, if you have already sprayed the perimeter of your home some can make it into the home but will eventually die, most insects die within 72 hours of contact with an insecticide. Millipedes do like cool, damp places to live so you can find them under stones, leaf mold, compost, grass clippings and mulch. Unfortunately, Taurus SC is only labeled to be used around the perimeter of your home and no further than 1 foot out from the foundation. If you want to treat further out than that into your yard and mulched areas, you can turn the mulch from time to time and use something like Talstar P every 30 days or Suspend Polyzone would also work and can hold up to 90 days outdoors.

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10/18/2016 Van from Scottsdale, Az

QWhat is the best way to backfill when using Taurus SC?
In AZ we have rock landscaping about 4" above the soil.

A

Taurus SC does not bond to rock, it bonds to soil, so if you fill in the trench with rock gravel, Taurus SC will not stick to it and it will leave you with a 6"x6" area of completely unprotected surface that the termites could pass through to get directly to your home. We understand that the digging of the trench is a pain, but it must be done each time and it must be backfilled with soil, and the soil that is backfilled must be treated as well if you want your home properly and completely protected.

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09/21/2016 Bob from Oro Valley, Az

QCan I use Taurus SC where the drains come through our post tension slab?
I ordered Taurus from you to treat drains in house. I am thinking I want to treat walls between studs. Should I use the Taurus or a foam product, or both to treat between studs in walls?

A

We would recommend to do a trench treament around the outside perimeter of your home using Taurus SC. You can treat between the studs in the walls and it would be better to do it with somethiing like Termidor Foam.

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07/10/2016 Bradley from Chesterfield, Mo

QIs there a similar type non-repellent product like Taurus SC that can be used inside the home for carpenter ants?
I have read the information that Taurus SC is not the be used indoors.

A

Phantom is a non-repellent that can be used indoors and Taurus SC should be applied to the exterior. Both will offer a non-repellent residual. You can retreat with Phantom liquid in 90 days from initial application and 30 days outdoors or with the Phantom aerosol. The Taurus SC will be applied 1 ft up and 1 ft out directly to the exterior of the structure twice a year. We do also carry the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel and the Advance Carpenter Ant Bait Granules for control of this ant species.

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07/03/2016 Don from Herndon, Va

QDoes pending rain affect when Taurus SC can be applied?
When preparing to apply Taurus SC as insect control (not termite control) does pending rain within the next day or two affect the advisability to hand spraying vs. waiting until dry weather?

A

It is best not to apply†Taurus SC if it is going to rain the same day.† If possible it should be applied at least 24 hours before you are expecting any rain.†

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06/25/2016 Eric from Westminster, Maryland

QDoes Taurus SC kill springtails ?

A

Taurus SC†is not labeled for springtails.† We would recommend using something like Talstar P instead.† You may also want to take a moment to read over our article on How To Get Rid of Springtails.†

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05/29/2016 Gail

QCan I first spray Roundup or another herbicide around the perimeter of my house then spray Taurus SC?

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You will want to give adequate time for the herbicide to dry and absorb into the plants you are treating with it before using another product over top. This will help to make sure there are no compatibility issues between the two products as well as to ensure the insecticide application does not wash away any of the Roundup you applied. Taurus SC should be applied only to the ground 1 foot out from the foundation and 1 foot up onto the structure.

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