5 chemicals for controlling termites
In Arizona, termites can cause billions of dollars worth of damage per year, more than fires. Termites primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Plus, these little bugs never sleep, they are able to eat their way through your home at any time, night or day.

If you find any tunnels under or over your foundation walls, support piers, floor joists, or have objects made out of wood and you saw just a single termite flying in your house, there is a strong possibility that there could be a termite colony close. It’s better if you control the situation as soon as possible with a good termite treatment in Gilbert or they will end up causing a lot of damage.

You can hardly do a termite control on your own, ridding a home of these insects requires special skills and equipment. Knowledge of construction could help identify what the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Termites usually live in places where they can hide and are hard to access. To eliminate them you must be in contact with chemicals, and if you do not know how to use them or do not have the necessary accessories, you could be at risk. All pesticides can be toxic to humans if sufficient amounts are absorbed through the skin, inhaled or swallowed, and some can also be moderately irritating to the skin and eyes.

What chemicals can I use for termite treatment in Arizona?

After a termite inspection in Gilbert, there are two general categories of termite treatment: liquids and baits, being the soil-applied liquid termicides the most effective and used in Arizona. It has as a purpose provide a long-lasting chemical barrier that excludes termites in the ground from entering buildings. In most cases, termites in the structure die off as well, since they cannot return to the soil. The chemicals in this termicide usually contain could be arsenic trioxide, bifenthin, permethrin, fipronil, and imidacloprid. In this article, we will explain to you about each one and its characteristics:

• Arsenic trioxide: Also known as Arsenious Oxide and White Arsenic, is just one of many arsenial compounds used in pest control and other industries. Instead of termite control, this is used in timber preservation, as herbicides, and as a chemotherapy drug too!!

This chemical is a heavy, odorless and tasteless white powder, only slightly soluble in water. It is highly toxic to mammals and insects if consumed, and much more toxic when used as a finely ground material rather than the coarser commercial grade. The main risks to users are either from entry via skin wounds or by breathing floating dust. Some users may develop dermatitis if there is frequent skin contamination. Do not use it as a soil treatment.

• Bifenthrin: Registered for both pre-construction barrier treatments in new buildings and for perimeter barrier treatments around existing buildings. It is a synthetic pyrethroid pesticide. Currently, there is a choice of three concentrations at which this chemical may be legally applied. These concentrations are 0.1%, 0.05% and 0.25%. Each of these rates provide different lengths of protection, they are as follows – at least 10 years, 10 years and 3 years respectively. Bifenthrin is classified as being of medium to high toxicity to humans.

• Permethrin: This is a pyrethroid. Permethrin is a synthetic chemical that remains effective for longer periods of time. It is registered for the control of active termites in trees and tree stumps only, for the purpose of nest destruction. Tend to be used for subterranean termite control in Gilbert, pretreatments, post construction treatments and foam applications. This product is of low to medium toxicity to humans.

• Fipronil: Often applied for broad-use insect control. Fipronil is an extremely active insecticide belonging to the phenylpyrazole family. It is used to create a barrier around existing buildings only. Termites are attracted to the chemical where they die, partly from the effect of the chemical and partly from infection with fungi and other soil microorganisms. Fipronil is of low to medium toxicity to humans.

• Imidacloprid: A systemic insecticide which acts on the central nervous system of insects and belongs to a class of chemicals called the neonicotinoids. Because imidacloprid binds much more strongly to insect neuron receptors than to mammals, this insecticide is more toxic to insect. It is of low to medium toxicity to humans.

Some Anti-termite chemical manufacturers:

US Borax Inc.:
Started in 1872 and today they are the leading producer of borates in the world. Member of the Rio Tinto group. Borax is acknowledged as the world leader in borate technology, research and development. Technical support for customers, product quality, and supply reliability are the pillars of their commercial commitment. They are the main manufacturer of the wood preservative, insecticide and fungicide Timbor.

Address: 8051 E. Maplewood Ave. Building 4, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, USA
Phone: +1 303 713 5000
Email: rtm.communications@riotinto.com

You can also follow them on:


Control Solutions Inc.:
This company develops and manufactures solutions for the professional pest management, commercial turf and landscape, companion and production animal, and consumer lawn and garden markets. Founded in 1958. Now it is a partner with ADAMA Consumer & Professional Solutions.

Address: 5903 Genoa-Red Bluff Road. Pasadena, TX 77507
Phone: (281) 892-2500
Toll-Free: (800) 242-5562
Fax: (281) 892-2501

If you want to contact them you could do also by their website or following them on:

Founded in 1994 by pest control operators. Developers of EXTERRA and the Thor line of products.

To contact them you can call to:
Phone: 888-398-3772
Fax: 888-368-4749

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Independent of the toxicity range, if you are about to use these chemicals it is very important that you use personal protective equipment (respirator, gloves, protective long-sleeved clothes and goggles). Try to not work where children and pets can reach.

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Varsity Termite and Pest ControlTony Kaufman

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Gary Dobert

Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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