Dr. Jack's Termite Treatment FAQ's

How do I know if I have a termite problem?

A pest management professional should inspect your home for evidence of termites, such as wood damage and mud tubes. Be sure to speak up if you’ve seen swarming termites or discarded wings near doors and windows.

What is in RecruitTM termite bait that eliminates termite colonies?

The active ingredient in Recruit termite bait is noviflumuron, an insect growth regulator (IGR). It interrupts the termites’ necessary ability to molt, which means they are unable to grow and, therefore, die.

Is the Sentricon System effective against the kind of termites I have?

Recruit termite bait used in the Sentricon System is effective against all economically important subterranean (not drywood) termite species in the continental United States and Hawaii. It does the job in varying soil conditions and climates, whether desert, tropical or temperate.

What’s the difference between termite baits? Aren’t they all pretty much the same?

No, not at all. Even products within the same class of chemistry have different effects on a termite colony. The active ingredient in Recruit termite bait — noviflumuron — affects termites slowly, allowing them to recruit their nestmates to feed on the bait, ultimately causing termite colony elimination. With some termite baits, the active ingredient may cause termites to die or become ill near the bait station. In these cases, termite nestmates tend to avoid the baited area, reducing the effectiveness of the bait on the colony. Plus, many of these baits are not very effective, so they require a simultaneous liquid chemical treatment. The Sentricon System is a stand-alone termite treatment.

What if my house is already infested with subterranean termites?

If termites have been found or are suspected on your property, the Authorized Operator will immediately place BaitubeTM devices containing Recruit termite bait into Sentricon stations located near the termite activity. In addition, the Authorized Operator may place Recruit AG (above-ground) termite bait stations along accessible mud tubes and other known termite infestation areas. Together, in-ground Sentricon stations and above- ground Recruit AG bait stations can reach more termites, more quickly, to eliminate the colony.

How long does it take to eliminate an existing colony?

Once the Sentricon System is installed, it begins working immediately. The amount of time to eliminate an existing colony varies, depending on the size of the colony, the time of year, termite species and other factors. Ask your Authorized Operator about the average length of time necessary for colony elimination in your area. Authorized Operators are trained to regularly monitor the Sentricon stations and introduce Recruit termite bait when termites attack them, or sooner for known infestations. With continued service, this monitoring process continues even after the termite colony is eliminated, providing ongoing security.

If my neighbors use the Sentricon System, is my house protected, too?

No. The Sentricon System can only protect structures where it’s installed. There may be many colonies foraging in your neighborhood, and the one attacking your home is not necessarily the one attacking your neighbor’s home.

Why don’t the termites just go between the Sentricon stations to reach my house?

Termites are always looking for new feeding sites, even though they may have already located an abundant food source. Plus, termites feed randomly among all feeding sites within their foraging area. So, if termites are foraging near a home, it’s likely they’ll find and attack the monitoring devices in one or more of the Sentricon stations. Once they hit the monitoring devices, Recruit termite bait will be placed in the Sentricon station(s) to begin the process of colony elimination.

Does the Sentricon System eliminate termite colonies?

Yes. The Sentricon System provides proven termite colony elimination. And with continued service from an Authorized Operator, it continues to protect homes from future invasions.

Is there any independent research to back up the claims that this termite baiting system really works?

The Sentricon System has been proven to eliminate termite colonies by 30 independent universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It has been tested against all economically important subterranean termite species. Forty-five scientific articles have been published on the Sentricon System and/or its components.

Can the Sentricon System be used by itself or must a liquid chemical treatment be used with it?

Because it is a complete system, the Sentricon System is a stand-alone termite treatment, which means it does not have to be used in conjunction with a liquid chemical treatment. Not all termite baits can be used alone.

Which protects a property better — a liquid chemical treatment or the Sentricon System?

The Sentricon System is the best option because it is proven to eliminate the termite colony. In addition, through regular monitoring by an Authorized Operator, it provides continuous protection by eliminating future colonies that might invade the area. Liquid chemical treatments degrade over time and a small gap in the barrier is an open door allowing termites to enter the property.

How could choosing a liquid chemical treatment affect my home?

Liquid chemical treatments haven’t changed much since the 1950s. They require digging a trench around the foundation of the home and may require drilling holes approximately every 12 inches into the floor or foundation. Then hundreds of gallons of a diluted chemical solution are injected into the soil. This type of treatment typically causes significant disruption to the home and landscaping. The Sentricon System provides peace of mind for homeowners without drilling in floors or foundations, without the mess of liquid chemicals and without the scheduling hassles. Only a regular visit from your Authorized Operator will remind you of its continuous activity and security.

Is the Sentricon System more environmentally responsible than liquid chemical treatments?

Yes. The active ingredient in the Sentricon System is used in very small quantities, only when and where it is needed, compared to hundreds of gallons of diluted chemical solution in a liquid chemical treatment. The premier bait used in the Sentricon System was registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the strict requirements of the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative. In 2000, the Sentricon System became the only termite treatment to receive the highly respected Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA.

How much chemical is used in a liquid chemical treatment compared to the Sentricon System?

Liquid chemical treatments may use hundreds of gallons of diluted chemical solution. The Sentricon System uses just grams of termite bait, only when and where it is needed.

How will the property be monitored for the ongoing threat of termites if a homeowner chooses a liquid chemical treatment?

Following a liquid chemical treatment, most companies will not inspect at all or will provide just one annual, visual inspection. Authorized Operators of the Sentricon System are different. They provide ongoing service for your peace of mind. Several times per year, they 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.

When the colony has been eliminated, will the Sentricon stations be removed?

No. Recruit termite bait will be removed from the Sentricon stations and replaced with monitoring devices, but the Sentricon stations will remain in the ground. Once a termite colony has been eliminated, another one could invade your property. With continued service, regular monitoring of the Sentricon System by an Authorized Operator protects a home from future termite invasions.

If I don’t have a termite problem now, can the Sentricon System protect my home from future invasions?

Yes. Ongoing monitoring makes the Sentricon System good at stopping a current infestation and preventing a future one. When termites begin to feed on the monitoring devices in the Sentricon stations, the monitoring devices are replaced with BaitubeTM devices containing Recruit termite bait, which ultimately leads to the colony’s demise. Many homeowners with no known termite problems have used the Sentricon System to help make sure the property stays that way.

Can any pest management professional use the Sentricon System?

No, only the best can install and service the Sentricon System. An Authorized Operator is required by Dow AgroSciences, the manufacturer of the Sentricon System, to receive comprehensive training, to use computerized tracking and recording of all Sentricon stations, and to annually pass specific product stewardship requirements. 

Do I need termite protection on my home?

Despite what some companies say, not every structure is going to get termites. Simply put, you can either wait until you get termites and then kill them and repair the damage or protect your home with a termite treatment and bond.

Although block homes are less susceptible to extensive exterior wall damage from termites than wood-frame homes, there is still plenty of wood in a block home for termites to eat and termites damage both block and wood-frame homes.

Every year termites cause more than $2 billion in damage to homes in the United States. That is more structural damage than all the natural disasters combined. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Florida has the worst termite problem in the country, with the city of Orlando ranking 5th.

You could be one of the unlucky homeowners who are unwillingly nominated to share those expenses in repairs to your home due to terrible damage caused by termites. Most people don’t know this, but most insurance doesn’t cover termite damage. Another scary fact is that you may have termites and not even know it.

Dr. Jack's uses only Sentricon to protect all of our customer's homes and businesses. You can rest assured that Sentricon Always Active with Recruit HD is protecting your home 24/7. Contact Dr. Jack's today and find out how you can get the best termite protection available and let you sleep knowing that with Sentricon and Dr. Jack's, your termite protection is always on the job. 

Which treatment is better, Liquid or Bait?

Liquid Chemical Treatments

Liquid chemical treatments saturate the soil to try to create a treated zone around the house. In a conventional treatment, even with the newest nonrepellent termiticides, a trench is dug around the foundation of the home and holes are drilled every 12 inches through the floor or foundation. Then, hundreds of gallons of diluted chemical solution are injected into the soil around and under the structure. Unfortunately, liquid chemical treatments tend to break down over time, and termites often find untreated gaps to tunnel through. Special precautions must be taken when using a liquid chemical treatment on properties with wells or cisterns, subslab heating ducts or other vulnerable features.

The Sentricon Termite Baiting System

The Sentricon System, the first and most successful termite baiting system, has been proven to eliminate termite colonies by independent research at 30 universities, reported in 45 published scientific articles, and by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It uses only a few grams of active ingredient in a cellulose matrix that termites love to eat. This RecruitTM termite bait is placed strategically in in-ground Sentricon stations in areas where termites are or may be active. Termites feed on the Recruit termite bait and share it with nestmates until the colony dies. The Sentricon System requires no drilling in floors or foundations, no digging or trenching and no gallons of chemical solution injected in the soil.

Other Baits

Other baits also use in-ground stations filled with a mix of cellulose and an ingredient toxic to termites. With some, the ingredient makes termites get sick or die near the bait station, so other termites avoid the bait and the colony dodges destruction. Many baits are not effective enough to do the job on their own and require a companion liquid chemical treatment.

Some companies treat termites with only liquid treatments while some offer treatment only with baits. Some companies will sell you whatever you ask for. Dr. Jack's offers termite treatments only with Sentricon because only Sentricon gives us the results we are looking for. Call today for a free estimate for Sentricon with Dr. Jack's and find out what thousands of other Central Florida homeowners already know. Dr. Jack's and Dow AgroSciences keep termites out of your home. 

How do I know if I have termites?

A pest management professional like Dr. Jack's should inspect your home for evidence of termites, such as wood damage and mud tubes. We are trained and experienced in knowing what termite damage and activity looks like and can determine if you have termites damaging your home. There are other causes for wood damage and other insects that are similar to termites so it is important to have a someone trained and experienced with termites to do your inspection. Also, be sure to speak up if you’ve seen swarming (flying) insects or discarded wings near doors and windows.