Q: What is a “SMART MISSILE”?
A: It is organic termite bait invented under The Exterminators’ GREEN REVOLUTION initiative GREEN CONCEPTS themed Carbon Footprint – Take a BIG STEP – Take it with you. It is a tool used by The Exterminators to control one of the most covert and challenging invaders of houses – the subterranean termite.
Q: What is the science of the Smart Missile?
A: It is based on a totally different concept to the traditional chemical soil treatment which has been around for over a century. Instead of applying a chemical barrier designed to prevent termites from reaching the source of food, termites are actually offered food, called bait.
Q: What are the components of the Smart Missile?
A: It has two components; a termite baiting matrix containing cellulose (the main constituent of wood and a staple of a termite’s diet) and it is also a slow acting non repellent termiticide.
Q: How does the Smart Missile work?
A: Termites feeding on the SMART MISSILE are not killed immediately, so they have time to recruit nestmates to the bait and pass the slow-acting termiticide to other colony members through food transfer behaviors that are characteristic of social insect colonies.
Q: Why is it named Smart Missile?
A: Like a long-term intravenous port delivering drugs to a patient, termite bait acts as a missile for delivery of termiticides into the “heart” of the termite colony, ultimately leading to the elimination of the termite colony. That is why it is a Smart Missile
Q: What is the goal of the Smart Missile?
A: The goal is to prevent the termite colony from building structures and thereafter monitor the property for termite infestation in the early stages, not just exclusion, which is the primary objective of chemical barrier treatments
Q: Why is it called THE GREEN REVOLUTION?
A: It is designed to precisely target subterranean termites. The Smart Missile is considered environmentally friendly as it does not affect other organisms. The Smart Missile uses only a small amount of insecticide compared to the termiticide used for conventional soil treatments
Q: My neighbors use the Smart Missile. Is my house protected, too?
A: No. The Smart Missile can only protect structures where it is installed. There may be many colonies foraging in your neighborhood, and the one attacking your house is not necessarily the one attacking your neighbor’s house.
Q: How will the property be monitored for the ongoing threat of termites?
A: Following a liquid chemical treatment, most companies do not provide a follow-up inspection service. The GREEN TEAM – TEO’s (Termite Elimination Officers) will provide an ongoing service for your peace of mind. They monitor the Smart Missiles for termites, bait to eliminate termite colonies and then monitor again for any new termite colonies that might invade the area, several times per year.
Q: I do not have a termite problem now. Can the Smart Missile protect my propertyfrom future invasions?
A: Yes. Ongoing monitoring makes the Smart Missile good at stopping a current infestation and preventing future ones. Many homeowners with no known termite problems have used the Smart Missile to help make sure their properties stay termite free.
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