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Termite Control Technology

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"Understanding The Technology"

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"Termite DNA and Colony Elimination"

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"Bait Vs. Wood"

When it comes to termite control,  technology development and colony behavior studies are two of the most interesting areas of entomological research being done today. The following is some impressive research data, methods and trials from Dow AgroSciences, the manufacturer the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System.

Pests Are Our PurposeColony Elimination Case Study Pests Are Our PurposeBait vs. Wood Preference Lab/Field Trial

National Treasures

Homeowners aren't the only ones who are talking about the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. Caretakers of many historic landmarks across the United States also trust the No. 1 brand in termite protection to preserve and protect these national treasures:

The White House, Washington, D.C.

Subterranean termites were discovered in the West Wing of the White House in February 1998, when termites swarmed just 30 feet from the Oval Office. The Sentricon® System was installed by an Authorized Operator (AO) later that year, complete with in-ground Sentricon stations strategically placed around the structure’s perimeter. The above-ground component of the Sentricon System, Recruit® AG stations, were placed inside the White House where the termite swarm was discovered. Termites fed on the bait until the entire colony was eliminated. The Sentricon System remains in place today, to ensure termite problems do not recur at what is affectionately called “The Nation’s House.”

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Since 1793, this historic, domed building has symbolized American government and politics, and it serves as the official building for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. But more recently, this national treasure has been plagued by a recurring termite infestation that dates back prior to 2002, when termites swarmed inside the building. For several years, liquid chemical treatments had been applied to the soil, but termite swarms and occasional damage continued. In August 2011, the Sentricon System with Always Active technology, which had already been protecting the neighboring congressional office buildings, was installed.

The Statue of Liberty, New York

Subterranean termites may have been introduced to Liberty Island during the statue’s 1986 renovation. First detected in 1994, the termite infestation escalated until 1996, when the Sentricon® System was installed. In 1997, for the first time in three years, the Statue of Liberty did not experience termite swarmers in the spring, and it has been termite-free since. In 2001, the installation was upgraded to include the Sentricon System with ESP technology, the world’s first electronic termite sensing protection, to monitor the site for any new termite activity. Since 2011, the site has been protected by the Sentricon System with Always Active technology, which combines the monitoring and baiting phase to provide protection should termites ever again threaten Lady Liberty.

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

The Sentricon System was installed around Independence Hall in Philadelphia in April 1999 as a preventive measure to protect against termites active in the area. One month later, during the first monitoring inspection by an AO, subterranean termites were discovered in the Sentricon stations adjacent to the building. Four months later, termite activity ceased, indicating the entire termite colony was eliminated. Today, the Sentricon System protects not only this revered structure but also the surrounding complex of historic buildings.

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

There’s no need to tell subterranean termites to “Remember the Alamo!” They’ve never forgotten it. In recent years, caretakers at the Alamo discovered termite damage in the Alamo’s Shrine Museum and other buildings on the grounds. Due to the age and historic status of the buildings, Alamo personnel did not want to drill and trench around the property for a liquid chemical treatment. The solution was to defend the Alamo with the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. Today, the Sentricon System is the Alamo’s less intrusive termite security system. This gives caretakers peace of mind that visitors will be able to visit this historic, beloved structure for years to come.

Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans

For several decades, historic buildings in New Orleans suffered damage from Formosan (“super”) termite infestations. The 1994 development of the Sentricon® System offered an effective way to protect structures in New Orleans and initiated an ongoing termite eradication program in the city. The Sentricon System is ideal for the French Quarter where the historic buildings are very close together and natural conditions make soil insecticide treatments difficult or impossible. Buildings in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square, the center of life and trade through French, Spanish and American periods, and today an open-air artist colony are being protected by the Sentricon System, as are a number of individual historic structures throughout the city.

The 'Iolani Palace, Honolulu

The ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu was the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy for more than 100 years. In the early 1990s, Formosan termites completely destroyed the Palace Coronation Pavilion, which had to be rebuilt. The palace itself underwent massive and costly renovation as a result of ongoing structural damage. In the late 1990s, termites once again posed a serious threat: Palace curators and researchers from the University of Hawaii teamed up to install Recruit AG above-ground stations inside two of the palace towers and Sentricon stations in the soil around the perimeter of the structure. Termites attacked the Sentricon stations in three separate spots on the palace grounds, and the invading colonies were entirely eliminated.

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