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19 April

Termite Control is Green

Suburban Exterminating celebrates Earth Day all year long by practicing integrated pest management. Integrated pest management means less “spraying” and more prevention to the average homeowner. To industry experts, integrated pest management is a process  to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. This process involves looking at environmental factors that affect the pest and its ability to thrive.  We use Sentricon products to protect Long Island homes from termites as part of our integrated pest management program. I’d like to share their email with you.

Termite Control is Green

The ever-expanding “green” movement made headlines with the release of  “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s award-winning documentary on global warming.  Now scores of environmentally responsible products are now being offered — hybrid vehicles, energy-efficient light bulbs, termite control … termite control?   That’s right, now even termite control can leave a smaller footprint on the environment.

Right now in many parts of the United States, subterranean termites are “swarming,” leaving their colonies to form new ones.  To treat their subterranean termite infestations, some homeowners have liquid chemicals added to the soil around and beneath their home.  While treated soil provides termite protection for a finite amount of time, research shows that when homeowners consider termite treatment options, they indicate a high level of concern about the use of chemicals in and around their homes and the environmental implications.1

In part to encourage and recognize development of pesticides with lower environmental impact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative, a program that expedites  the review and regulatory decision-making process of pesticides that pose fewer risks to human health and the environment than existing conventional alternatives.

Termite Prevention

Homeowners are now “going green” by selecting an alternative to liquid chemical treatments — the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, the first termite baiting technology that was made available to homeowners.  The premier bait used in the Sentricon System was the first termite treatment active ingredient accepted for registration by the EPA’s Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative.  The Sentricon System also is the only termite control product ever to receive the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, one of the U.S. government’s top environmental honors.  The award, presented by the EPA on behalf of the President, recognizes technical innovation that incorporates the principles of green chemistry into design, manufacture and use.

“The Sentricon System is environmentally responsible because it uses just grams of termite bait to eliminate termite colonies,” says Dave Maurer, portfolio manager for the Sentricon® System.  “Every home treated with the Sentricon System instead of a liquid chemical treatment helps reduce the impact of pesticides on the environment.  The Sentricon System also provides better control than liquid chemical treatments because it is monitored on an ongoing basis by an Authorized Operator and it eliminates termite colonies, not just individual termites.”

Suburban Exterminating, an Authorized Operator of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, offers this method of termite control, states William Somerville, General Manager, “because the Sentricon System is the best protection from termites because it eliminates the colony, is limited in the environment and is less intrusive to homeowners.”   Many homeowners agree. The manufacturer, Dow AgroSciences, conducted research in 11 high-termite-pressure markets across the country, and discovered that most homeowners feel that the environmentally responsible attributes of the Sentricon System are preferred over those of the leading liquid termiticide. “We are pleased to offer this revolutionary technology to our customers,” states William.

Homeowners can visit www.sentricon.com to determine if their homes are at risk for termite infestations,   as well as learn more about environmentally responsible termite control. Or contact Suburban Exterminating for more information at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900.

Sound Environmental Choice for Termite Colony Elimination
Below are just a few of the ways the Sentricon System is a sound environmental choice for termite colony elimination:

  • Sentricon is limited in the environment and removable
  • Recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by U.S. EPA.
  • First EPA registered product under their Reduced Risk Initiative
  • Only grams of active ingredient are needed to control an entire termite colony
  • 65% post-consumer recycled materials are used in our packaging
  • Our green plastic stations are made of #2 recyclable plastic
  • All Sentricon stations, components, and the Recruit bait matrix are manufactured in the U.S.A.
  • LEED builder points are given to green LEED certified structures treated with Sentricon

Happy Earth Day !

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