Sentricon – Bad for Termites, Good for Mother Earth

Post #4, May 22, 2013 by Jon

At Carolina Pest we strive for two things in particular while doing our work: satisfying clients (the obvious, controlling  of pests in a responsive and effective manner), and taking care of the environment. These things are not mutually exclusive. Many think they are, but they are most definitely not and those people are most definitely wrong! In the olden days the approach was to “kill ‘me all and let God sort ‘em out”….pests, that is. Things have changed, though. Humanity for the most part has realized that we are stewards of the environment and that if we create a burnt out poisoned husk of a planet it simply won’t be good for anybody- pests, people, people who are pests, etc. Therefore, not only do we offer Green Pest Control Services using pesticides that are less impactful on the environment, our other  services that aren’t officially “Green” ARE aimed at managing acceptable levels of pest rather than carpet bombing the area and destroying all pestilent entities in our path. It turns out this approach is better for everybody- environmental balance is maintained, pests are knocked back in a manner that keeps customers happy and homes pest free, and we sleep well at night knowing that our responsibilities to Mother Earth and our customers are being met.

One tool that helps us meet said goals in a very important segment of our business is the Sentricon Termite Baiting System. This is a particularly interesting and effective system in that it does not involve a widespread application of pesticides but rather employs regularly spaced monitoring/ bait stations that contain a very stable and effective termiticide. The stations are spaced in a manner based on studies of the foraging habits of termites; we know how termites feed (they randomly forage, constantly looking for food, like yours truly at midnight), and we use their own instinctive behavior against them. Essentially, as termites approach your home, we know how to place stations so that they will eat the termiticide before they eat your house. The termiticide is then shared throughout the colony and thusly takes that colony out. Besides being a very well tested and effective system, it has low environmental impact since it uses stable baits that don’t leach, and it only kills termites! Like I said, in the good old days the accepted approach was to kill ALL bugs dead. These days, we use much more target-specific pesticides that do not leach randomly into nature. Sentricon could be considered the crown jewel of the modern approach to pest management, effectively eliminating pests as our clients require for the security of their homes while also respecting Mother Nature.

As a true lover of nature, I have great respect for the way we approach our business. We keep our customers happy without forsaking the environment. Fortunately, that seems to be the way the greater public’s train of thought is moving. That’s good for our customers, it’s good for us and it’s good for Mother Nature. In my book that’s Win Win Win. AMEN.

By Kristin Dodd

Kristin Dodd, the President of Carolina Pest Management, has been with the company full-time for over 20 years, but has been a part of the family-owned business for much longer. She is currently an active board member of the North Carolina Pest Management Association, and was the President from 2010-2011. She is a licensed operator in...

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