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The Donald
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Active Termites
I have active termites in my shop/woodworking shed. Has anyone here ever self treated them as opposed to getting a pest company to do it?
The pest company’s price was super high IMO.


Hank R Hill
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yes


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Dig a trench around your building, pour in termidor and replace the dirt. Pita but better than shelling out a considerable amount of money. Gl


The Donald
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yes

Care to elaborate...


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The Donald
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I’m assuming I can find termidor at a hardware store or online somewhere...

Thanks for he reply


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find termidor at a hardware store or online somewhere...



All over online. I bought mine from solutionsstores.com as they had the best price. Also I bought the generic version of Termidor which is Taurus SC.

Before or after you treat, go ahead and try and stop where they are coming up the foundation. I'd rip out the severely damaged wood but that's probably not necessary to get rid of them. But definitely try and find where they are coming from and address that too.


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weadjust
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Taurus SC is the cheaper generic Termidor SC. Link to product for sale and application instructions on The Do It Yourself Pest Control website.

Do It Yourself Pest Control

Taurus SC & Termite Control
Termite treating the outer perimeter of a structure is basically a matter of treating all of the soil next to the structure. This is usually fairly easy to do.

Simply dig a small trench against the foundation of the home. 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep is the recommended size.
Apply Taurus SC termiticide into the trench at the rate of 4 gallons of diluted chemical per 10 linear feet at a 0.06%-0.125% dilution rate.
We recommend the strongest strength allowed (0.125%) dilution rate for termite control. For this rate you mix 1.6 oz per gallon of water.



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gumbo2176
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Dig a trench around your building, pour in termidor and replace the dirt. Pita but better than shelling out a considerable amount of money. Gl


This/\ I've used that product to treat an area of my house and also a utility shed for a lady friend of mine recently.

The only thing I'd add is once you fill in the trench, mix more of the product and pour over the dirt laid in the trench after you backfilled it. It just needs to be in half concentration as what you poured into the trench.


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jembeurt
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If you’re going to treat it yourself, follow the label. DO NOT over or under mix the product. Under mixing will cause it to not be as effective or last as long. Over mixing WILL NOT make your treatment “stronger”. And using Taurus over Termidor is the way to go. Exact same chemical, almost half the price.

When digging, be sure to dig the correct size trench and pour the correct amount of liquid in the trench (4 gallons per 10 linear feet). If using a 1 gallon sprayer, it’ll take you a while.

But it can be done. Good luck.


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baldona
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Termites prefer wet areas and wet wood. Do you have a roof leak or other water intrusion issue op? I’d make sure and fix that ASAP if so. I’m not a pro termite guy by any means, but every termite issue I’ve seen is from a water leak of some sort. That’s where they started anyway.


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Barneyrb
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Gramps used to treat his barn with equal parts of creosote, burnt motor oil, and diesel. He did this about every 5 years and never had a problem.



gumbo2176
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Gramps used to treat his barn with equal parts of creosote, burnt motor oil, and diesel. He did this about every 5 years and never had a problem.


I know a lot of older folks that lived rural that would also do this along their fence line to keep vines and weeds down. I cringe when I think of all the used motor oil that went down city street drains back in the day.


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Termites prefer wet areas and wet wood. Do you have a roof leak or other water intrusion issue op?


Or has wood (e.g. firewood, bags of bark mulch) been stacked adjacent to structure?


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cgrand
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I have active termites in my shop/woodworking shed

formosan or subterranean?
it matters

very generally, subterranean termites dont nest in your building, but formosans do. if formosan, you need to tent and fumigate the building


baldona
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formosan, you need to tent and fumigate the building


Yeah they don’t go through the ground even right? They are airborne? So putting a bunch of stuff in your ground around your building won’t kill them.


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formosan termites enter and nest above grade, so no, putting poison in the dirt isnt going to help. it will kill sub-t's that enter below grade


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gumbo2176
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formosan or subterranean? it matters


Yep. Look for dirt tunnels along the slab or piers to see if the termites are coming up from the ground. That is usually the first thing you can see that is obvious.

If Formosan, they still need moisture to survive, so if your shed leaks, that would be enough. Formosans love to make their nests around kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms in houses since they put out a lot of moisture in the air, and that is sufficient for them to form a colony.


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Megasaurus
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Taurus SC is what you seek. Dig a trench around the slab of your home or around your piers if raised. Drill holes (1/2" diameter) ~6-8" away from the structure 12" apart across patio or other areas where you have concrete instead of dirt (you will have to treat the soil underneath the slab)..And mix according to label. Unless you have a really high volume sprayer, you can mix in a 5 gallon bucket and dump in trench..You will also have to cut access panels to treat the area where your tub drains penetrate the slab.





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I cringe when I think of all the used motor oil that went down city street drains back in the day.


I had a neighbor that would change his oil over the catch basin in the street when I was a kid.


The Donald
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re: Active Termites
Thanks for all of the replies. I'll take a few pics of the "damage" when I get back home on Sunday.
And to the poster that asked if there was wood stored in an adjacent area...there's been a stack of firewood that I've been going through for years (but it's been sitting there for about 20 years!)


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