Over the last decade the termite market has seen good days, and, more recently, not so good days. According to a recent article in PCT Magazine, “Trends of the Past Decade”, the termite industry benefited from improved chemicals and from the housing boom; while the housing bust has contributed to its decline.
The industry was thrilled with the introduction of non-repellent termiticides. They provided excellent results. Since termites cannot detect soil treated with a non-repellent termiticide, they tunnel into a treated zone, come into contact with the active ingredient and contaminate the rest of the colony. Fewer re-treats are also necessary. In the February 2003 issue of PCT Magazine a study was released noting a retreatment rate of only 0.7 percent when professionals used a non-repellent product.