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What is the sentricon termite system?

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The Sentricon Colony Elimination System is a termite elimination system that uses bait stations to provide food that is impregnated with an insect growth inhibitor to termites. Feeding worker termites return to the nest and share baited food with additional colony members. Baited insects die when they cannot molt.

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Pest control providers place bait stations into the ground around the perimeter of the building at a distance of 10 to 20 feet apart. The bait stations are plastic tubes filled with cellulose food that is impregnated with the patented insecticide. Worker termites continue to ingest and share food from the bait stations until soldier termites and the queen die. The Sentricon termite system requires regular maintenance by a professional to keep bait stations full.

The Sentricon Colony Elimination System is an effective alternative to liquid solutions. This system avoids some of the inconveniences that can occur with the use of liquids, such as the need for trenching or removing the fronts of cabinets or tubs. This system reaches beyond most liquid applications because insecticide reaches the inner parts of the colony and the queen.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Award to the Sentricon Colony Elimination System. The system uses only a few grams of active ingredient in each station, while liquid solutions require many gallons of chemical solution to be poured into the ground.

The Sentricon Colony Elimination System is manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, a division of the Dow Chemical Company.

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