Environmentally / People and Pets Safe Termite Control!!
Now there is one exciting new termitacide that the Environmental Protection Agency considers "reduced-risk," which means it doesn't even have a signal word on the label. Almost all pesticides have signal words, either Caution, Warning or Danger. Caution is a low-toxic pesticide and the ones generally made available in stores for the public and most termitacides used by professionals today. Warning is more highly toxic and can only be applied by licensed pest control professionals. Very few of these are used today. Danger is a very toxic pesticide and rarely used.
This new termitacide is called “Altriset” manufactured by Du Pont. It is so safe, it has no known adverse effects to humans. This chemistry comes from a TREE. It locks the termite’s jaws within hours of contact so the termites stop eating or damaging your home and there is a transfer effect to the rest of the colony to start eliminating the colony as well much like Termidor does but without the environmental impact and exposure hazards.
Here are the Product benefits from the DuPont web Site:
*Eliminates termites in less than three months when used in accordance with the label
*Halts termite feeding within hours
*Provides residual protection for more than five years
*Non-repellent chemistry is indiscernible to termites
*Behavioral impact on termites enhances translocation throughout the colony
*Mode of action like no other termite control product
*Excellent environmental and toxicological profile
*First and only reduced-risk liquid termiticide
No protective equipment needed to apply
Likewise, when applying Altriset,™ the termite control professional
treating your home is not required to wear special personal protective
equipment such as gloves and eyewear.
Gecko will back this product with a 5 year warranty
See the following Board Certified Entomologist comments on Altriset…
Richard D. Spigler II, BCE
I am a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) with over 10 years experience in pest management. I earned my Masters Degree in Entomology from the University of Nebraska.
DuPont's newest product, Altriset.
Just attended a DuPont symposium on their new termiticide, Altriset. This is the first termiticide to come to market in 10 years, has a very "safe" label and MSDS and does some interesting things to termites that aid in it protecting structures.
It's toxicological profile is very interesting, it targets a very specific part of the termite's muscles. This limits its effects on non-target animals, including other insects, pets and humans. We just don't have the same "targets" in our bodies that this pesticide attacks. The MSDS is something I have never seen on a pesticide, it has no First Aid requirements for inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. Even boric acid, which many consider "safe", has first aid steps that need to be taken for certain exposures. Also, the label of Altriset has no "signal word", which indicates the relative toxicity or hazard of the product. I have never seen a pesticide without a signal word, which goes to show the safety of this product.
Because it attacks the muscles of the termites, one of the first symptoms of exposure to Altriset is the cessation of feeding. Within hours of exposure, the termites stop feeding on wood--their mandibles are paralyzed first because they are attached to the largest muscles in the insect. The will eventually stop moving, but not until they make it back into the colony and spread the insecticide through contact with unexposed individuals.
The third thing I'll share about Altriset is its performance in the field. It is great to do some of these things in the lab, but in the real world it stands up. The government has tests that all termiticides must pass before being approved, Altriset passed these without problem. In test plots and real world treatment sites, the Altriset is killing termites and lasting in the soil as good or better than every other termiticide available today.