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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.

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  • 86 of 89 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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  • 72 of 76 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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  • 50 of 54 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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  • 45 of 49 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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  • 32 of 37 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  Taurus SC Termiticide
    By Larry in Bonifay, Florida on 12/08/2017

    This is a good product at a reasonable price.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Great Prices
    By Ken in Baytown, texas on 12/08/2017

    They have great prices, and fast delivery.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  outstanding result
    By Yelzein in santa barbara,ca on 12/02/2017

    i live in California and have an ant problem. I need to keep them outside the house. In the past I used Talstar P and it worked but I needed to apply once a month, but Taurus SC has a long lasting result. I treated around perimeter of house structure two months ago and have not seen ants anywhere near the house structure. It is excellent for ant control.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Great Product!
    By Brad in Arizona on 11/29/2017

    This is a great product for Long Term Termite control. We have a Pest/Termite Warranty from the purchase of our home but for anything I need to do outside of that Warranty, I use the Taurus SC. It really works!!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  no more ants
    By Larry in San Diego, CA on 11/17/2017

    Works like a champ. no more ants after the first treatment.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Taurus SC Termiticide
    By Joe in Texas on 11/10/2017

    This works great ! ! ! kills like it says. Just in time for the winter! Summer has not chance.

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Pesticide of Mass Destruction
    By Wade in Martinez, Ga on 11/03/2017

    This is the Nuclear Warhead for ant destruction. Simply amazing. Big ant, little ants, red ants, sugar ants,......DEAD ANTS! How can 0.8 oz of Taurus per 1 gal of water kill so well? Who cares! This stuff is amazing. Queue the pink panther song... Dead ant, dead ant. Dead ant....

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Carpenter ants
    By Michelle in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on 10/19/2017

    Sprayed the product as the directions said. It took a few days but the ants are gone

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Good Bye Yellow Jackets!
    By Erin in Ohio on 10/13/2017

    Worked like a charm. Set up a trap for yellow jackets that were making a home in the wall of my house. Within 1 day they were gone! Fabulous

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Taurus SC
    By Sue in Mineola Texas on 10/11/2017

    African leaf cutter ants were totally invading us, to the point of caving our driveway in. We tried everything, I was Absolutely terrified they were going to destroy everything. After two treatments with Taurus SC we no longer have the ants. I feel one-two treatments a year will keep them totally controlled. I am in love with TAURUS!!

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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.

314 of 323 people found this answer helpful.
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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.

50 of 56 people found this answer helpful.
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Most Recent Customer Questions

11/24/2017 Charles from Greensboro, Maryland

QCan I spray the interior foundation wall of a crawl space as a termite treatment with Taurus SC Termiticide along with a trench along the exterior of the foundation?

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Taurus SC Termiticide can be used indoors to treat active termite colonies only as a spot treatment; it cannot be used as a general preventative spray for termites. 

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10/15/2017 Jenella from La Feria, Texas

QCan I use Taurus SC in my 4 gallon sprayer?
My house is on piers and I don't seem to have termites in, under, or around it, but I have a 1.5 acre yard that is littered with subterranean termites. Their little "tunnels" are everywhere. Can I simply spray the entire yard with Taurus SC to get rid of them?

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Taurus SC is not labeled to be applied as a broadcast over the yard. Protecting the home is most important. Even if you have not seen evidence of termites at the house, we would recommend doing a trench treatment for protection around the structure and piers. For monitoring termites, you could look at using the HexPro Termite Baiting System to detect activity.

How to Perform a Subterreanean Termite Treatment.

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10/10/2017 Steve from Liberty, Ms

QOn new construction with concrete piers, can I treat all the ground or just around the piers with Taurus SC?

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Taurus SC Termiticide can be applied prior to pouring concrete slabs, etc. You can trench each individual pier as well for termite prevention.  It is very important to apply more around the perimeter edges of the slab, around plumbing pipes that will come through the slab, and along expansion joints if you know where they will be.  Since these are the more likely entry points of termites you want to make sure you treat more heavily around these areas.  You should take general precautions when applying any product which would be to wear gloves, protect your eyes if it is windy, and treat only in the designated area where your slab will be poured.

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09/29/2017 Fs from Ca

QShould I apply Taurus SC both under the house and outside the foundation?
I have a hillside home and have dirt both under the house and outside the foundation. I have detected formosan termites.

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Taurus SC is labeled for Formosan termites. It is recommended that you do a trench treatment around the structure. If you have seen activity in specific areas, it is safe to inject the product in the wood. Please take a few moments to review our treatment article on How to Get Rid of Formosan Termites for a successful eradication program.

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09/26/2017 Brent from Virginia Beach

QDoes Taurus SC bond well with sandy soil that is mostly just sand?

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Yes! You can use either Taurus SC or Termidor SC in sandy soils, too. If you are located very close to the water and expect to get water under the home throughout the year, then you may need to consider using a Termite Baiting System instead of liquid ground treatment.

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09/15/2017 Joseph from Pa

QCan Taurus SC be used to kill stink bugs?
I have a left over bottle of Taurus SC. I usually spray screens and around windows.

A

Taurus SC Termiticide can only be sprayed 1 ft up and 1 ft out directly up against the foundation of the structure twice a year at 0.8 fl oz per gallon. It is not the product recommended for stinkbug treatments. Please check out our Overwintering Kit and Stinkbug Control Article for more helpful information on a successful eradication.

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09/13/2017 David from Los Angeles, Ca

QIt it necessary to trench around a foundation with the Taurus SC for termite control?
I recently sprayed Taurus SC around the exterior walls and foundation of my home. Does this have any effect against termites? or is trenching absolutely necessary?

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The Taurus SC Termiticide will have some effect on termites that come in contact with where you sprayed, however they would have to surface to come in contact with the insecticide since you only sprayed it on the surface, and subterranean termites stay protected under ground or in mud tunnels. Spraying also only has a 3-6 month residual.  If you want a true barrier of protection around your home or structure with the 10 years of protection, then yes trenching is nessesary for the Taurus SC Termiticide to bind with the soil and stay there for 10 years. 

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09/01/2017 Joy from Adelaide South Australia & Bali Indonesia

QIs using Taurus SC solution in a trench against my house foundation safe for dogs?

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Taurus SC Termiticide is pet safe when it is used as directed on the product label. The dogs should be out of the area during application and can safely return to the area after the application has dried. 

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08/28/2017 Jon

QIs is okay to apply Dominion 2L on top of Taurus SC?
I've applied Taurus SC with the trench method, then backfilled and then applied 1 gallon of Taurus on top of the backfill every 10 feet. I feel like that wasn't enough and was curious if it's okay to apply Dominion 2L onto the top soil for more saturation.

A

Taurus SC Termiticide is really the superior product between it and the Dominion.  If you applied as directed and treated the soil well in the area you would not need to go over with Dominion.  If the soil was not wet enough after applying 4 gallons over 10 lineal feet, you can go back with a mix of the Taurus to make sure the soil was treated properly.

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08/18/2017 Kristopher from Rock Hill, Sc

QIf the foundation of the house is more than 5 feet from a well, can I still use Taurus SC?
I have a termite issue and as a DIY'er I am determined to resolve the issue without paying a lot of money to Terminix. My problem that I keep running into is my well. The well is located about 10 feet from the foundation of my home. I want to know after I trench and treat will I be contaminating my well water?

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In the area where the well is located, you cannot use the trenching method, only the backfill method is allowed. The backfill method instructs you to trench and place the soil that was removed onto a tarp, pour 1 gallon of diluted solution per 1 cubic ft of soil, mix thoroughly, return soil to trench. The complete instructions are listed on the Taurus product label under the heading "Treatment of structure with wells or cisterns"

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