There have been a number of termite control options launched over the last few years, but it would be fair to say they have all been variations on the same theme. Essentially, termite control systems fall into one of two groups, liquid chemical barriers or bait stations. While both options have proven popular, they both have their drawbacks. Liquid chemicals, used to create a repellent or non-repellent barrier around the home, can be prone to developing gaps and in-ground baiting systems currently available can only introduce the bait matrix to the station after termites are found consuming the wooden monitoring devices. In the worst case scenario, a property could have several months of unobserved termite activity before control options are brought in.
The most common question from homeowners has always been, ‘why not just leave the bait in the station all the time?’ Now you can. TheSentricon AlwaysActive system from Dow AgroSciences uses stations placed around the home which contain the insecticide in the form of a high density Sentricon IG Termiticide Rod. Once installed, Sentricon AlwaysActive will protect the home from day one, all day, every day.
Sentricon AlwaysActive arrives after many years of research and development and offers the safety of a baiting system with the continuous protection of a chemical barrier effective from day one. Joanne George, Business Manager for Sentricon at Dow AgroSciences says, “You’d think it was a simple fix, put the bait toxicant into the stations and leave it there for around the clock control. The reality has been much more difficult to achieve. Our scientists have had to develop an active termiticide that would not break down. Sentricon AlwaysActive remains effective in the ground for over 5 years, in fact the more gnarly the Sentricon IG Termiticide Rod becomes, the more attractive it is to termites.”
For pest managers, Sentricon AlwaysActive offers a number of tangible advantages: Termites may be eliminated before they’re even discovered, immediate and effective protection, no missed baiting opportunities, less disturbance. The ongoing monitoring provides a continuous revenue stream but with a reduction in the inspection interval. The inspections are quick and easy allowing for more inspections per day, simply a case of checking the station and replacing the Sentricon IG Termiticide Rod if more than 50% has been consumed.
Sentricon AlwaysActive is available from mid to late October 2015. For instructional videos, success stories, the technical manual and labels etc, please visit www.sentricon.com.au or for further information contact Joanne George on 0409 661 786.