With temperatures in the 80s and an even higher heat index, the climate in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has created an ideal breeding ground for Formosan termites.
“Termites are extremely active right now,” says Robert Soileau, branch manager with J&J Exterminating. “New mud tubes are popping up every day, and some days it’s hard to keep up.”
To help combat these ever-growing infestations, he uses Recruit® AG bait stations. Designed for use above ground, and in conjunction with in-ground Sentricon® stations, Recruit AG provides direct and immediate contact to speed up the colony elimination process.
Most recently, Soileau trialed the new and improved Recruit AG FlexPack™ with noviflumuron briquetted fines.
“At first, I didn’t like the size, and it was harder to mix than the previous formulation, but after seeing the results, I know this product works,” he says. “The termites found the stations and just tore them up.”
He uses the FlexPack stations at commercial and residential properties and notes that they are especially helpful in tight spaces, on corners, in crawl spaces and even at the ground level.
“We will attach them to a building’s foundation and put dirt around them to make the termites feel like they are in their natural element,” Soileau says. “We’ve seen great success with this technique.”
The number of stations used depends on the size of the structure, as well as the amount of termites present. When used alongside the rest of the Sentricon System, Recruit AG quickly protects your customers’ homes inside and out.
“When we trialed the new FlexPack formulation, we used 10 to 12 stations on two structures at the same location. It took five minutes to install each station, and the activity was almost immediate,” Soileau says.
“Over the last year, we’ve started using more Sentricon than liquid treatments. With liquids, you think and you hope you’ve controlled the termites, but you can’t see it right away. Sentricon gives me peace of mind knowing that we’re not only eliminating termites but we’re preventing them from returning.”