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Why ETT444 is Better

5 Star Termite and Pest Control's advanced ETT444 process is:
-More effective
-Longer lasting
-Friendlier to the environment

Let's take a more detailed look at each of these benefits:

More Effective
Traditional Methods
Traditional termite control methods treat the soil under and around your house. They're attempting to build a chemical barrier between your house and the termite colony underground.

This soil-treatment method was developed 50 years ago using an insecticide called Chlordane. Today, Chlordane has been outlawed from use in the United States because of its devastating effect on the environment.

Unfortunately, many pest control operators still use the old method, but are forced to use it with alternate insecticides. The new chemicals don't penetrate and interact with the soils as effectively as Chlordane did. So it is very difficult, if not impossible, to establish a complete chemical barrier under the foundation of the house.

Termite Baits
A new treatment now coming into use is "termite bait." The idea is to place "monitoring stations" with wood stakes in the ground and wait until the termites happen to come along and start feeding. Then the stake is replaced with a termite growth inhibitor. Supposedly, since the termites have made trails to the first wooden stake, they'll continue to feed on the poison and eventually the entire termite colony will be eliminated.

Unfortunately, a two-year study by Dr. Roger E. Gold at Texas A&M University showed that control of the termites was not achieved using the baits. And even when it appeared that the termites had been eliminated from the monitoring station, termites were still found in other wood blocks placed nearby.

Further, the bait method is costly and requires constant, ongoing inspection by certified pest control operators. It is generally not a recommended treatment for an active infestation in your home.

ETT444 is more effective than either of the other control methods for two simple reasons:

First, we apply a less toxic formula, but we apply it above the slab. It permeates the wood at the base of your walls,  providing a complete and effective barrier to the wood above.

Second, the wood itself is now toxic to the termites. Even if the termites get into the house, they won't want to eat the wood and if they do, they'll be killed. They have no choice but to go somewhere else for their food source.

Longer Lasting
When insecticides are applied to the soil, they can be affected by a variety of factors including soil type, moisture, soil pH, temperature, sunlight, bacteria and fungus. In Arizona, the chemicals being used in traditional termite control methods can often begin breaking down in 180 days.

Because the ETT444 chemistry is applied above the slab, it never interacts with the soil and is unaffected by the factors mentioned above. It stays effective for a very long time, protecting your house for many years.

The ETT444 process was first used on Johnston Island, a U.S. military base in the Pacific Ocean. Over the course of four months, the base was treated and a 40-year termite problem was completely eliminated. That was in 1995. Today, there is still no evidence of any termite infestation where the treatments were used and many other pests such as roaches and crickets have also been eliminated.

Friendlier to the Environment
The same thing that makes ETT444 last longer also makes it more friendly to the environment.

We put the chemicals above the foundation where they are not degraded by outside soil and weather conditions. Because of that, we can use a low toxic formula. Our formula's toxicity is between that of aspirin and salt.

When the ETT444 process was used in Johnston Island, the entire operation was under the watchful eyes of the EPA, OSHA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency. That's because Johnston Island is not only a military base; it's also a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge!

The officials from each agency were very skeptical at first but soon became believers. Recent contacts with Johnston Island confirm that the termite and pest problems have been eliminated while fish and wildlife populations are thriving.

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