I have a question regarding termite treatments.
When protecting a house from termites what is the safest treatment. I am finishing a renovation of my property and am in the process of examining termite prevention. I have owned the property for 21 years and it is 57 years old. When I originally purchased the property there was termite damage under the front door and picture window. As is common practice our mortgage carrier requested a termite treatment before they would accept the purchase of the house. The procedure involved drilling the slab and inserting chemical rods into the ground. The house is built on granite bedrock so there is very little soil under the basement slab. I have not had any problems with termites in the dwelling since then, but we have found termites in some of the trees in the woods that border our property. I removed two Swamp Maples that were dying in the area where I built the deck, and there were active termites in the roots. I was able to do a physical inspection of the house while the siding was off and the sunroom addition was being built and the house resided, and I did not find any active insects of any kind. I have protected the building with termite barriers at the top of the foundation around the sole plates of the new addition. What type of preventative treatment can be used that is not toxic to the environment and living things. We have city supplied water. I have a friend who works for a well know pest control company. He says that the active ingredient in “Termador” is Fipronil, which is also found in Frontline for dogs and cats. I have read ( http://www.pesticide.org/fipronil.pdf ) that there are many adverse effects on living things from exposure to Fipronil and its breakdown chemicals, which become more toxic as they are released into the environment. They are advertising this chemical as environmentally friendly. I think that this goes beyond greenwashing, and borders on criminal according to the factsheet. I guess my question is ” are there any truly green ways to prevent termites and carpenter ants”? Borated wood is a possibility but not easy to purchase as most goes to the islands. I have read of some methods such as nematodes, freezing and electrocution, which really starts to make me wonder. I would be interested to hear if someone else has investigated this problem. Thanks
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