Termites – Effect of Lawn Chemicals On,

Q: Since termites are always in season in the south, I have a question. Are any of the typical lawn chemicals effective on subterranean or Formosan termites?

A: Yes, the chemicals in several lawn and garden insecticides are used to eliminate termites. The key factor, though, is putting the pesticide where termites will be repelled or killed. In most cases that means injecting it into the soil around the foundation of your house. Termite control is not a homeowner job. There are too many factors that must be considered to achieve complete protection. I recommend you ask several companies to bid on a “retreat and repair” contract to cover your property. Ask them for the total ten year cost, including the initial treatment and yearly inspections, and make your decision based on that.

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