If you have wood in your house, termites are always potential visitors. The last thing you want is to make your home inviting to these destructive pests. Using Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Termite and Destructive Bug Killer Concentrate (Trenching), you can kill and control subterranean termites. Not only that, but you can keep termites away for up to 5 years in treated areas.* Here are the steps you should take to use this product effectively.
*Not in MA, NY, or RI
Go around the perimeter of your house and pick up sticks, pieces of lumber, and other wood material. Termites live on wood and moisture; wood on the ground sounds like a complete meal for these pests.
Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Termite and Destructive Bug Killer is most effective when properly mixed. You want to add 3.2 fluid ounces per gallon of water for every 2 linear feet you're going to treat. Use a watering can to apply the mixture.
If your house has a poured-concrete foundation, dig a trench around the perimeter of your house 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep or down to the footing (the base of your home's foundation), whichever is less. Pour half of your mixed product into the trench at the rate of 4 gallons per 10 linear feet per foot of depth. As you backfill, use a sprinkling can to pour the rest of the product over the trenched area.
If your house has a brick or block foundation, dig a trench 6 inches wide and 12 inches deep around the perimeter of your house. If the footing (the base of your home's foundation) is more than 12 inches deep, use a steel rod to make holes about a foot apart from the bottom of the trench down to the footing. If your soil is heavy clay, space the holes closer together. Pour half of your mixed product into the trench at the rate of 4 gallons per 10 linear feet per foot of depth. As you backfill, use a watering can to pour the rest of the product over the trenched area.
Reapplication for subterranean termites should only be made when there has been a disruption of the chemical barrier in the soil due to construction, excavation, landscaping, etc. Reapplication should be made as a spot treatment to those areas. Annual reapplication of the entire premises must be avoided.