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THE SENTRICON SYSTEM FAQ's

Q. How do I know if I have a termite problem?

A. Have an authorized pest control professional inspect your home for evidence of termites, like wood damage and mud tubes. Be sure to indicate if you see swarming termites or discarded wings near doors and windows.

Q. What is in Recruit II termite bait that eliminates termite colonies?

A. The active ingredient in the bait is hexaflumuron, an insect growth regulator (IGR). The IGR stops the termites' vital molting process, so they are unable to grow. As a result, they die.

Q. What if my house is already infested with subterranean termites?

A. The Sentricon System will be installed to eliminate the termite colony and the long-term threat. If infestation is so great that termite mud tubes are visible inside the house or recent termite damage is close to the surface, Recruit AG termite bait may be used. Recruit AG makes the termite bait immediately available to termites foraging inside the house. Together, in-ground Sentricon stations and aboveground Recruit AG stations will reach more termites, more quickly.

Q. How long does it take to eliminate the colony? 

A. Once the Sentricon System is installed, it can take from a few weeks to several months for termites to enter the stations, depending on several factors including time of year, geography, termite pressure and termite species. Once the termites are transferred to Baitube devices and begin feeding on Recruit II termite bait, the process of decline toward colony elimination can begin. Colonies may begin to decline as quickly as four weeks after this transfer, with elimination of the entire colony possible within three to five months more. It's important to remember that the termites' natural behavior, upon which the Sentricon System depends, varies with the factors mentioned above, so the time and effort needed to achieve colony elimination may vary as well.

Q. Is Sentricon effective against the kind of termites I have?

A. Recruit II termite bait used in the Sentricon System is effective against all economically important subterranean (not drywood) termite species in the continental U.S. and Hawaii. It does the job in varying soil, climate and geographic conditions.

Q. Why don't the termites just go between the stations to reach my house?

A. Termites continuously search for new feeding sites, even though they may have already located an abundant food source. Termites also feed randomly among all available food sites within their foraging area. Therefore, if termites are foraging near your home, they will find and attack the monitoring devices in one or more of the stations.

Q. If my neighbors use the Sentricon System, won't my house be protected, too?

A. No. Sentricon can only protect structures where it's installed. It's possible that there are many colonies foraging in your neighborhood and the one that's attacking your home may not be the one attacking your neighbor's home.

Q. When the colony has been eliminated, will the stations be removed?

A. Once a colony has been eliminated, another one could invade your property. To keep your home protected, the Sentricon stations are left in the ground and your pest control professional continues to monitor them for future invasions.

Q. Why should I use Sentricon instead of other methods?

A. University research has documented that other methods do not provide termite colony elimination. Only Sentricon has proven colony elimination in the United States and other countries (ask your authorized pest control professional for written examples). In addition, Sentricon is non-disruptive to your daily activities and provides continuous protection against future termite colony attacks.

Sentricon, Baitube and Recruit II are trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.

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