Tips to Maximize the Effect of Termiticide Application on Soil

Jan 16th 2015 at 5:36 AM

Be it the dirt dobber sting, the red zone herbicide or the Boracare MSDS termiticides need to factor in a number of things before being used so that they can provide optimum benefits. While it’s always best to seek professional help when considering termiticide applications, if you want to take it up as a DIY project the following tips will help.

4 Important Tips for Termiticides Application:

  • Soil type - Termiticides tend to flow differently through different soils like clayey, sandy or rich loam soil. For instance with clay soil, the termiticide flow is slow which is why the pressure of application needs to be slowed down and the mix may also require more of the concentrate and less of label permits. Even the rodding need to be done closely, not more than 3-4 inches apart.
  • Soil saturation - Saturated soil will not be able to absorb the termiticide emulsion and will only run over to the non-targeted areas. The best way to understand if the soil is saturated or not is by taking a sample of the soil from about 6 inches below the soil and squeezing it. If water runs out when squeezing, the soil is saturated. Water standing atop the soil is also an indication of the soil being saturated. As such, it’s always best to wait for a day of two before application.
  • Mix well - If the termiticide is not mixed well, the application will fail to produce an effective barrier and thereby the effort will be of no use. It’s never enough to depend on the rig’s agitator solely. Besides following the manufacturer’s instructions with respect to the proportions of the different solvents, consider filling the tank only 1/3 or 1/4, placing the treating tool in it and then add the remaining water and termiticide, allowing it to circulate for at least 2-3 minutes.
  • Keep the pressure flow low - Soils, be it clayey, sandy or rich loam, can only absorb certian amounts of termiticides at a time. Hence, it’s important to inject in a speed that’s a point lesser than the speed of soil soaking up the termiticide. Injecting in a speed any more than the soil can absorb will cause the emulsion to pool or run over to the non-targeted areas. Note here that dry soil absorbs termiticides faster than moist moist ones, sandy soils faster than clayey soils and loosely-packed soils faster than hard-packed ones.

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