Sunday, October 11, 2009

Termite Control

When we planned our new home we also knew we needed termite protection once it was built. Our builder researched "green" methods and found only one that fit the bill: Sentricon. Gregory Pest Control in Columbia recently cam out and installed the system.

The Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System was introduced in 1995. Rather than saturating the soil with liquid chemical solution, it uses termite bait, manipulating termite biology and behavior to destroy the termite colony.

It is the only termite control product ever to earn the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, one of the federal government’s top environmental honors.

Green Chemistry Challenge
  • The Sentricon System uses only a few grams of active ingredient on each property, compared to the hundreds of gallons of chemical solution used in a traditional liquid chemical treatment.
  • The active ingredient in their termite bait is targeted specifically at the molting process in the termite’s life cycle, a process not present in mammals.
  • The bait is strategically placed in Sentricon stations around the perimeter of the house.
  • The premier bait used in the Sentricon System was the first termite treatment active ingredient accepted for registration by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the strict requirements of the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative. This distinction is based on its low impact on human health, low toxicity to nontarget organisms (birds, fish and plants) and low potential for groundwater contamination when compared to other commercially available termite treatments.
  • The beauty of the Sentricon System is that the termite bait works just slowly enough to be spread throughout the colony before termites catch on.
  • Several times per year, Gregory Pest Control will come out to monitor the Sentricon System for termites, bait to eliminate termite colonies and then monitor again for any new termite colonies that might invade the area. Each bait tube has a bar code to make keeping track of the termite activity easy.
  • Gregory Pest control also crawled into our comfortable air conditioned and padded crawl space and sprayed the underside of our house with Tim-Bor, a borate. Borate treated wood is on the rise as a safe and long-lasting method to protect homes from wood destroying organisms. Borates prevent fungal decay and are deadly to termites, carpenter ants and roaches - but safe for people, pets and the environment. Borates interfere with termites' metabolic pathways when ingested through feeding or grooming, effectively killing them. Surviving termites avoid the protected wood products.
So we are locked and ready against termites...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Great Publicity for "Going Green"!

While we were traveling the past two weeks, The State newspaper's Kristy Rupon and photographer Erik Campos did a wonderful article on our new home. In case you missed it, here is the online version which includes more photos than the actual paper did.


We're hoping this will help increase interest in green building in our state...Thanks Kristy and Erik!

Our next step is the visit from the termite man: Tim from Gregory Pest Control. He came out and inspected the house recently and will soon be installing the environmentally-friendly Sentricon bait system.

We'll keep you posted.