abdomen: The third or most posterior of the three major body divisions of an insect.
active ingredient: The substance in a pesticide that is responsible for the pesticidal effect. Also known as toxicant.
aerosol insecticide: A pesticide formulation comprised of fine airborne particles that may be solid or liquid.
aestivate: To spend the summer (or warm or dry period) in a dormant condition; opposed to hibernate.
alate: The winged form of an insect, especially the winged, reproductive forms of ants and termites.
anaphylaxis: Protein sensitization caused by a prior introduction of the same protein into the body.
anemic: Affected with anemia, a condition in which the red corpuscles of the blood are reduced in number or deficient in hemoglobin, causing paleness, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.
antennae: In larva and adult stages of an insect, the paired segmented appendages located on each side of the head that function as sense organs.
antennae club: The enlarged distal segments of a clubbed antenna.
anterior: Toward the front, as opposed to posterior, in front of.
apex: That part of any joint or segment opposite the base or point of attachment to the body.
apical: At, near, or pertaining to the end, tip, or outermost part.
arthropods: Invertebrate animals with jointed appendages; members of the phylum Arthropoda.
bait: A pesticide formulation in which the active ingredient is mixed with food or an attractant carrier.
baiting system: The use of termite baits requires the baits to be found by foraging termites and brought back to the colony to kill the queens.
Clearance Letter: Also called a termite letter or Wood Destroying Infestation Inspection Report. A clearance letter is a document, sometimes needed for a real estate closing, that indicates a property is free of termites, wood-destroying insects, and wood-destroying fungi.
Comprehensive treatment: (Georgia Department of Agriculture definition) A subterranean termite treatment which includes, at minimum: (1) removal of all cellulosic material from under the building, (2) removal of all wood to earth contacts except pressure treated wood designed for ground contact, (3) removal of all accessible termite tunnels, (4) application of an approved termiticide to create a continuous barrier to all exposed soils and masonry voids consistent with the product’s label, and (5) adequate ventilation.
Crack and Crevice: Crack and Crevice applications are applications of a small amount of insecticide into cracks and crevices where insects hide or through which they may enter a building. Such openings occur at expansion joints, between different areas of construction, equipment legs and bases, conduits, motor housings, junction or switch boxes. The crack and crevice treatment may include the use of sprays, dusts, or baits. It does not permit treatment of exposed surfaces.
Defined: (Georgia Department of Agriculture definition) A subterranean termite treatment which includes, at minimum: (1) removal of all cellulosic material from under the building, (2) removal of all wood to earth contacts except pressure treated wood designed for ground contact, (3) removal of all accessible termite tunnels, (4) application of an approved termiticide to create a continuous barrier to all exposed soils and slabs adjacent to the structure consistent with the product’s label directions, and (6) adequate ventilation.
General Application: Application of a pesticide at low pressure to large surface areas, such as floors, sub-flooring, walls or outside areas of a building.
Linear Footage: unit of measurement referring to a straight line. For termite control, linear footage refers to the distance that requires treatment around a structure.
Non-repellent Insecticides: slow-acting and non-detectable by most insects, these insecticides are mostly used to eliminate social pests like ants or termites. Since these insecticides are practically invisible, insects readily crawl through them. When the pests return to their colonies, they unknowingly transfer the the active ingredient to others. Non-repellents work similar to a virus.
Registered Employees: All non-certified applicators and salespersons must take
and pass an examination before they can operate without direct supervision of a certified
operator or a previously registered employee.
Spot Treatment: Applications to limited surfaces where insects are likely to occur.
Treated areas cannot be larger than two square feet in size. A spot treatment is not a 2
foot x 2 foot area. A 2 square feet area is 1 foot x 2 feet, or 6 inches by 4 feet, etc.
Termite Bond: An official agreement, issued to a homeowner by a termite control company, promising to treat future termite infestations. Some termite bonds extend this agreement to include damage repair.
Termite Letter: Common name for a Wood Destroying Infestation Inspection Report. A termite letter is a document, sometimes needed for a real estate closing, that indicates a property is free of termites, wood-destroying insects, and wood-destroying fungi.
Termidor: is the most trusted termiticide in the United States. Since its introduction in 2000, Termidor has been used to treat over 4 million structures. After countless studies, it has proven to be 100% effective at controlling 100% of termites in three months or less. That’s a statement no other termiticide can make. In addition to Termidor’s reputation in termite control, it’s also proven to be a very good product for ant control.
WDIR: Wood Destroying Infestation Inspection Report. A document, sometimes needed for a real estate closing, that indicates a property is free of termites, wood-destroying insects, and wood-destroying fungi.