Well devoured in-ground termite baits are a sign of successful treatment – a welcome sight for any pest manager.

Gnarly is a word that can mean something is old, twisted and bumpy, or pretty impressive. In the case of Sentricon AlwaysActive IG Termiticide Rods, all three apply.

A brand new Sentricon IG Termiticide Rod is pristine white, with clearly defined ridges, wrapped in clear cellophane. Depending on your local conditions, as well as environmental conditions, it may remain like this for many years. However, where moisture is present, particularly in clay soil, the rod will become gnarly over time.

A gnarly rod becomes discoloured and sometimes slightly misshapen, which is good news as it means it becomes more palatable to termites. In fact, brand new Sentricon IG Termiticide Rods rods have been designed to be significantly more palatable to termites than wood. As the rod ages and becomes more gnarly, this palatability and desirability actually increases.


Only replace the rod when more than half has been consumed

“This is why we recommend replacing the rods only when they are more than half consumed by termites. Do not replace them if they have become discoloured, cracked or misshapen as this is the ideal state for the rods to attract termites and begin the process of elimination,” advised Joanne George, Dow AgroSciences pest management business manager.

“We get a lot of phone calls, emails and SMS photos from pest managers who are concerned about the state of their Sentricon IG Termiticide Rods and I assure each and every one of them that in the case of these rods, gnarly is awesome!” she said.

With weathering, the rods become more palatable and still retain all of the active ingredient to achieve colony elimination. “It’s important to leave them in place until more than half of the rod has been consumed,” Mrs George continued. “An easy way to assess this is to judge whether the rod has become smaller than the base of the green plastic extractor. When this is the case, replace with a new rod.”

Free online training is available through the Sentricon website. You will also find a number of brochures that may be personalised for use in your business.