Sentricon FAQs

Why do I need to worry about termites?

Termites cause more damage to dwellings each year than fire, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined. Home damage alone exceeds $5 billion every year. Termite damage is rarely covered by homeowner insurance.

Termites are active throughout the United States and termite activity along the Gulf Coast exceeds the national average by more than 200%.

A large colony of Formosan termites can consume up to 90 pounds of wood in a months time. Subterranean termites work 24 hours a day. Most wood in a building is hidden, so owners often are unaware of termite activity before the damage is done.

What are the advantages of the Sentricon System?


  • Does not repel or attract termites – it kills termites.
  • One time installation of the system, with monthly monitoring by our technicians.
  • Annual renewal fee is low.
  • Termite baiting stations remain in the ground around your home and are not affected by rain or flood.
  • Method of installation is standard for every type of home and foundation.
  • A small amount of chemical is required so there is no effect to the environment, no run-off, and no leaching into the soil.

Liquid Barrier

  • Only temporarily repels termites.
  • Requires reapplication of chemical every five years at increasingly higher costs.
  • Re-treatment is required after flooding.
  • Termite barrier is easily disturbed by lawn maintenance.
  • Standards for application are confusing and different for each type of foundation.
  • Liquid barrier treatments are not environmentally friendly (large amounts of insecticide must be used).

How do I know if I have termites or a termite problem?

Since most of the wood in a home is hidden, it is best to hire a pest control professional to inspect the building for termites, wood damage and mud tubes. Sometimes in the spring or fall, when the termites swarm, you may see dead termites or discarded termite wings around windows, doors, heating vents, or in bathtubs or sinks.

How likely is a termite attack in my home?

Use our risk assessment tool to discover your termite risk level.

What is in the Sentricon Always Active™ termite bait that eliminates termite colonies?

The active ingredient in the bait is Noviflumuron, an insect growth regulator (IGR). The IGR stops the termites’ vital molting process, so when they are unable to grow, they die.

How long does it take to eliminate the colony?

Once the Sentricon® System is installed, it can take from a few weeks to several months for termites to enter the stations, depending on several factors including time of year, geography, termite species, and others. Once the termites begin feeding on Always Active™ termite bait, the process of decline toward total colony elimination begins.

Is Sentricon effective against the type of termites I have?

Always Active™ termite bait used in the Sentricon® System is effective against all economically important subterranean termite species in the continental U.S. and Hawaii, and in other countries.

Why don’t the termites just go in between the stations you have placed in the ground around my building and still get to the structure?

Termites continuously search for new feeding sites, even though they may have already located an abundant food source. Termites also feed randomly among available food sites within their foraging area. Therefore, when they are foraging near your building, they will find and attack the monitoring devices in one or more of the stations, even if the colony was already in the building before the system was installed.

When the colony has been eliminated, do you remove the stations?

Once a colony has been eliminated, another one could invade your property at any time. To keep your home or business protected, the Sentricon stations should remain in the ground and be professionally monitored for future activity.

Why should I use Sentricon instead of other methods?

Research has documented that other methods do not provide colony elimination. Only Sentricon has proven to totally eliminate termite colonies. In addition, Sentricon is affordable, more economical in the long run and environmentally friendly, and it provides continuous protection against future termite colony attacks.

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