Brisbane pest manager Joel Milton shares his account of using two of BASF’s top products – Termidor Dry and Termidor Foam – together to combat Coptotermes acinaciformis.
Finding termites in a wall cavity is a common situation encountered by pest managers. A typical approach to controlling these infestations is to use either termiticide foam or a powder, but not both in the same situation.
However, with the introduction of Termidor Dry and Termidor Foam from BASF, plus some lateral thinking from Joel Milton at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane, a dual approach using both products provided exceptional control of termites in a south Brisbane home.
Mr Milton is a supervisor with Bob Gunn Termite Solutions and has been working in pest management for 15 years. His father is also a pest manager, so termites are ‘in his blood’.
“The house we treated was situated on acreage in a semi rural area. The property owner discovered the termites when a faulty power socket revealed termite activity after being inspected by an electrician,” said Mr Milton.
“There were several nests located in the walls. Most of them were pretty obvious but there were a couple that we discovered using our thermal imaging camera. The skirtings were made of red cedar and had not been affected, but there were workings immediately behind them.”
Mr Milton identified the termite species present as Coptotermes acinaciformis. Termidor Foam was then applied to the nests in the walls using a System III applicator.
“Being Coptotermes acinaciformis, the nests walls were quite hard. So we drilled into them and slowly injected the foam, using one to two second bursts. We made sure we did not overdo it and force the foam to burst through the walls of the nest.
“We worked from the outside in trying to get as much foam as possible into the galleries. Termidor Foam is a nice product to work with. It is not runny or as wet as the foams we make ourselves, so it holds in place better making sure we get maximum contact with the termites.
“What I also liked about the Termidor Foam was its consistent formulation and it saved us time by not having to make the foam ourselves.”
In addition to the walls there was a nest in the roof above an ensuite bathroom. That received a treatment with Termidor Foam as well.
Mark Wilson, northern area sales manager for BASF Professional and Specialty Solutions, who provided technical and product advice to Mr Milton said, “The ease of use and convenience of Termidor Foam has been highly valued by pest managers. Being a ‘dry foam’ with a 30:1 expansion ratio, means that there is little runoff with Termidor Foam, so the product is evenly distributed for evaluation throughout the treatment area.
“Termidor Foam is cost effective as well, with one can going a long way!”
Mr Milton continued, “Following the Termidor Foam application, we drilled some holes in the skirtings and applied Termidor Dry around the base of the walls. The Termidor Dry flowed well and was easy to work with.
“We then left the Termidor to do its work.”
Mr Wilson added, “Joel’s experience with Termidor Dry echoed the comments of many other pest managers – that Termidor Dry is a light and very ‘flowable’ dust.
“Termidor Dry is an advancement on previous formulations because the new carrier – ‘Microllose’ – is less hydrophilic (water attracting) than other carriers such as talc, cellulose or alpha-cellulose for example. This ensures improved flow through damp termite galleries and workings, minimising clogging.”
Mr Milton continued, “After the initial application we came back two weeks later for an inspection. It was obvious that the treatment had started to work with dead termites being found in the nests.
“We then went outside the house and lifted some weed mats where we found a lot of dead termites. There were still some live individuals to be seen – though many of these looked sick.
“After the inspection we followed up by applying some additional Termidor Dry to the workings and some Termidor Foam to areas that we had not touched in the first treatment.”
Mr Milton followed up with another inspection two weeks later. At the second inspection, four weeks after the initial application, they had achieved total control. “It was a fantastic result and we had a really satisfied client,” he added.
“Sometimes you have to think outside the square to solve a termite problem, as no two jobs are ever the same.
“I could have approached this job using a combination of baits and foam. However, given the recent introduction of Termidor Foam and the new advanced Termidor Dry formulation, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to try a new combination and approach to termite control.
“In this instance the dual use of Termidor Dry and Termidor Foam on the one job worked well and resulted in quick control.”
Thinking outside the square really paid off for Mr Milton. “This dual approach is certainly one that I will be using again in the future.”