FMC FIRSTLINE® TERMITE DEFENSE SYSTEMSM
FirstLine® termite defenses system; a
comprehensive approach to protecting structures from subterranean
termite damage by utilizing multiple solutions to stop live termites
currently infesting the structure, as well as provide control and long
term prevention against Coptotermes, Heterotermes and Reticulitermes
activity. These use directions are designed to help the pest
management professional create a consistent process to follow at each
structure. Consult state regulatory agencies for termite monitoring and
baiting regulations specific to your state.
The FirstLine termite defense system should be
used around structures currently infested with subterranean termites or
for the prevention of attack by subterranean termites. For best
results, FMC recommends using the components (listed above) in
combination, however FirstLineTM GT Plus
termite bait station may be used alone for the control of subterranean
termites. Following a process at each structure, similar to that
outlined below, will create good installation and monitoring habits,
ensuring consistent treatments.
Inspection of the Structure and Surrounding Areas
Begin by performing a thorough interior and
exterior inspection of the structure. Look for the presence of live
termites or evidence of termite damage. Draw a detailed diagram of the
structure and surrounding property up to approximately 25 feet away
from the structure. Document the location(s) of live termites, termite
damage and/or conducive conditions that need to be addressed or
Controlling Termites Around the Structure
Use SMARTDISC Locators and Monitoring Stations and/or FirstLine GT Plus termite bait stations around the structure to detect and control termite populations. Use of SummonTM preferred food source inside or below monitoring stations enhances the efficacy of the FirstLine termite defense system.
Monitoring Station Placement
- Install approximately every 10 feet around the perimeter of the structure.
- Adjust the spacing where soil access is restricted.
- The maximum allowable distance between
Monitoring Stations is 20 feet, unless prohibited by structural
components (i.e. concrete driveways, etc.).
- Install approximately 18-24 inches away from the foundation of the structure or 1-2 inches from the roof drip line.
- Increasing Monitoring Station placements improve the probability of achieving termite hits.
- Use a SMARTDISC Locator with the Monitoring
Station, except when installing Monitoring Stations into hard surfaces
such as asphalt or concrete. The Defender® unit is not recommended for
this type of application.
- Do not install Monitoring Stations in soil that has been treated with liquid termiticides or other pesticides.
- Do not install a Monitoring Station in areas
prone to soil erosion, or where water can accumulate, such as under
downspouts, or in excessively wet areas.
Installation of SMARTDISC Locators and Monitoring Stations
- Contact your local distributor for proper installation tools to ensure system effectiveness.
- Using a 2-inch diameter drill bit, drill a 10-inch deep hole.
- Insert a Monitoring Station through the
SMARTDISC Locator and push the SMARTDISC Locator into the soil so that
the outside toplip makes full contact with the soil. Adjust the depth
of the hole if necessary.
- When installing in grassy areas, use a cup
cutter (or similar tool) to remove the grass and insure good contact
between the bottom of the SMARTDISC Locator and the soil.
- Each SMARTDISC Locator should be identified
for tracking purposes. If live termites are found in the immediate
perimeter of the structure a FirstLine® GT Plus termite bait
station may be placed directly into the infested area following
procedures listed below. Use of Summon preferred food source around
inside or below FirstLine® GT Plus termite bait station enhances the efficacy of the FirstLine termite defense system.
Controlling Termites In or On the Structure
For optimum control of live termites in or on
the structure, use a localized treatment with a liquid termiticide,
such as TalstarOneTM Multi-insecticide, or
FirstLine termite bait stations (Above Ground). In cases where termites
have been found in the soil during installation of the system, a
FirstLine GT Plus bait station may be installed, following guidelines below.
Talstar® Professional insecticide
The infested area should be treated
approximately 8 feet surrounding the infestation using a localized
treatment with a liquid termiticide, such as Talstar Professional.
Exceptions for treating all areas of an infestation would be
inaccessible areas, such as bath traps, etc. Live termites found in
wall voids should be treated with termiticide foam, using a termiticide
such as Talstar Professional. Follow all label directions.
FirstLine Termite Bait Stations (Above Ground)
If active mud tubes are discovered inside or
outside the structure, attach a FirstLine termite bait station (Above
Ground) directly to the broken end of a mud tube to control the
termites. Inspect the Bait Stations according to the label directions.
An unlimited number of FirstLine termite bait stations (Above Ground)
may be used on commercial properties, and up to four may be used at one
time on residential structures. Follow all label directions.
Inspection to Confirm Control of the Infestation
Within three months of the
initial treatment (or sooner if required by local laws), re-inspection
of the structure should be performed to confirm that the infestation
has been controlled.
Inspecting the Monitors
Structures With Active Infestations
Check for the presence of termites within one
month following installation. If a localized liquid termiticide
treatment is used in the initial treatment, re-inspection of the
Monitoring Stations may occur within 3 months.
- If there is no evidence of termite activity, begin inspecting the
Monitoring Stations quarterly. (The wooden monitor may be removed from
the Monitoring Station and inspected every three months to confirm or
refute termite, fungal or other activity.)
- If mud tubes or live termites are found, carefully remove the cap
and extract the wooden monitor, trying to minimize termite disturbance.
If there are live termites present;
- Remove the Monitoring Station, add a SummonTM disc to the bottom of the hole and install a FirstLine GT Plus termite bait station.
- Use the same SMARTDISC Locator, and discard the infested Monitoring Station.
- Use a SummonTM disc with each Bait Station installed.
Once a FirstLine GT Plus termite bait station has been introduced, re-inspect every 1 to 3 months.
Replace wooden monitors and/or SummonTM discs when fungus or moisture levels would deter termites from feeding.
Structures Without Active Infestations
Inspection of FirstLine GT Plus Bait Stations
- Look through the clear cap of the Bait Station for the presence of
termites or termite mud. Termites usually fill in the cardboard
corrugations with mud when they infest a Bait Station.
- If there is no indication of termite activity, do not disturb the bait stations; continue to re-inspect every 1 to 3 months.
- If there is evidence of termite activity, carefully remove the Bait
Station from the ground to determine the amount of bait that has been
- Add a new Summon(tm) disc to the bottom of the hole.
- Replace the Bait Station when approximately half of the bait has been consumed.
- Continue to monitor the Bait Station every 1 to 3 months while there is active feeding.
- A Bait Station must be replaced at least every 6 month regardless of the level of feeding.
- When termites have stopped feeding and no activity has been
observed for three consecutive months, replace the FirstLine GT Plus
bait with a new SmartDisc Locator and Monitor and resume ongoing
monitoring as described below.
Inspection Interval Adjustment Due to Climatic Conditions
Since subterranean termites are cold-blooded
animals, their foraging and feeding activity is significantly reduced
during periods of low temperature. When the temperature falls below a
certain level, termites may stop feeding. During these periods of low
temperature, inspection intervals for FirstLineTM GT Plus termite bait stations may be altered following the criteria described below.
The temperature at which termite activity
substantially declines may vary between different geographic areas and
termite species. In general, when the average daily exterior air
temperature is below 50š F, termite activity may be reduced to a point
where inspections are not necessary. If bait stations are inspected
and found to be inactive, and the daily average temperatures are below
50š F, inspections of bait stations may be postponed until the average
daily temperature exceeds 50š F for 7 consecutive days. Bait stations
whose inspections had been postponed because of low temperature must be
inspected within 30 days of the resumption of the inspections. Consult
a weather database such as the National Weather Service at www.NWS.noaa.gov and
use the mean monthly normal minimum daily temperature data for the
closest reporting station to construct a written schedule for the
inspection of stations during cold weather.
Regardless of temperature, do not allow the FirstLineTM GT Plus termite bait station inspection interval to exceed 6 months.
Following one to three months of inactivity in a
previously active Bait Station, replace the Bait Station with a brand
new Monitoring Station. Continue to inspect the Monitoring Stations
A thorough inspection of the interior and
exterior of the structure should be performed at least annually. If
live termites are discovered, they can be treated with a liquid
termiticide, such as Talstar Professional.
If an active mud tube is found, it can be treated with
FirstLine® termite bait stations (Above Ground) or Talstar Professional to achieve control.
Always read and follow label directions.
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