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When used in accordance with the directions in this label, this product provides effective prevention and/or control of subterranean termites. This product must be applied in manner which provides a continuous treated zone to effectively prevent termites from infesting wood.
PERIMETER PEST TREATMENT
Use Taurus SC to kill and to provide residual control of the following pests:
Ants (acrobat, Argentine, big-headed, carpenter, crazy, odorous, pavement, pharaoh, and thief)
Use Taurus SC to kill the following pests:
Asian lady beetles, darkling beetles
Australian, Oriental, and smoky brown cockroaches
Black widow, brown recluse, cellar, and hobo spiders
Box-elder bugs, pill bugs
Brown and dog ticks
For perimeter pest treatments mix a 0.06% spray dilution of Taurus SC by filling the treatment tank 1/4 to 1/3 full with water, then ad 0.8 fluid ounces of Taurus SC. The filling hose must be equipped with an ant-backflow device or the water flow must include an air gap to protect against back siphoning. Add more water to the tank while agitating to 1 gallon of finished dilution.
Apply 0.06% of finished Taurus SC dilution as a low-pressure spray to the exterior of the structure where listed pests enter, trail around the structure or where they crawl and hide. Also apply around any exterior openings where listed pests could enter the structure such as around doors, windows, vents, pipes, foundation cracks or drilled holes. Make sure to treat the joint where exterior siding (wood, vinyl, aluminum or other similar materials) meets the cement, brick or block foundation. Treat anywhere electrical, cable or telephone wires enter the house. This treatment should be made as a general surface spray, crack and crevice spray, or a wall void application. Taurus SC may be applied as a foam treatment into wall voids to kill and / or control the above listed pests.
Apply 2 quarts of 0.06% finished spray of Taurus SC per 160 linear feet.
Refer to the “Foam Application” section of this label for specific foam mixing and application instructions.
Except for foam applications made into wall voids, application is limited to an area 1 foot out from and 1 foot up from were the ground meets the foundation. Do not exceed a maximum of 2 applications per year. Nests are found on the ground within 1 foot of the foundation may be treated.
Vegetation touching the structure may offer a route for the entry of ants into the structure without coming into contact with the treatment; therefore, remove or prune away any shrubbery, bushes, and tree branches touching the structure.
To mix Taurus SC termiticide / insecticide:
To mix a 0.06% dilution, add 0.8 fluid ounces of Taurus SC per gallon of finished dilution.
To mix a 0.09% dilution, add 1.2 fluid ounces of Taurus SC per gallon of finished dilution.
To mix a 0.125% dilution, add 1.6 fluid ounces of Taurus SC per gallon of finished dilution.
Application Rates for Termiticide Use
For most applications, use the 0.06% dilution and apply at a rate of 4 gallons of dilution per 10 linear feet per foot of depth. For example, for treatment of 10 linear feet with a four-foot depth, use 4 x 4 (16) gallons per 10 linear feet. Do not apply at a concentration less than 0.06%.
Where severe termite infestations occur, where problem soils occur or where difficult or problem
In advance of treatment, applicators must notify the general contractor, construction superintendent, or other responsible personnel of the intended Taurus SC application and the intended sites of application. Applicators must instruct the person responsible to notify construction workers and other individuals on site to vacate the treatment area and not to return until Taurus SC has been absorbed into the soil. Do not apply at a dosage and/or concentration lower than 0.06% for applications up to and including installation of the final grade.
Pre-construction treatments include any treatment made during all phases of construction up to and including installation of the final grade. Establishing a thorough and complete horizontal and vertical treated zone will provide effective pre-construction termite control.
When foundations are deeper than 4 feet, it is preferable to apply Taurus SC as the backfill is being replaced. If the backfill is already in place, the applicator must trench and rod into the trench or trench along the foundation walls, around pillars and other foundation elements, at the rate prescribed from grade to a minimum depth of 4 feet. When trenching in sloping or tiered soil, the trench must be stepped to ensure adequate distribution and to prevent Taurus SC from running out of the trench. When the top of the footing is exposed, the soil adjacent to the footing must be treated to a depth not to exceed the bottom of the footing. Never treat any structure below the footing.
Concrete Slab (Including Monolithic, Floating and Supported Concrete Slabs) on Ground or in Basements and Crawl Spaces
Horizontal treated zones: Apply an overall treatment of Taurus SC to the entire surface to be covered by the concrete slab. This includes living area, as well as carports, porches, basement floors, and any extended entrances. Apply this treatment at the rate of 1 to 1.5 gallons of finished dilution per 10 square feet using a coarse spray nozzle and low-pressure spray (less than 25 p.s.i.). Spray the dilution evenly and uniformly over the entire area to be treated. If the slab is not to be poured the same day as treatment, cover the treated soil with a waterproof barrier such as polyethylene sheeting.
Vertical treated zones: Apply Taurus SC at a rate of 1 gallon of finished dilution per square foot around anything penetrating the slab such as utility service and plumbing lines. Apply Taurus SC at a rate of 4 gallons of finished dilution per 10 linear feet per foot of depth along the inside and outside perimeter of foundation walls. The applicator must trench and rod into the trench or trench along the foundation walls and around pillars and other foundation elements. If the footing is more than 4 feet below grade, make this treatment to a minimum of 4 feet below grade. A trench need not be any wider than 6 inches. Treat the soil which will be replaced into the trench using a low-pressure spray (not more than 25 p.s.i. at the nozzle). When rodding from grade or from the bottom of a shallow trench, space the rod holes no more than 12 inches apart in a manner which will create a continuous treated zone.
It is highly recommended that a complete horizontal treated zone be created prior to the slab pour. However, if the slab was poured before a horizontal treatment could be made, refer to the “Post-Construction” section of this label for alternate application instructions.
Hollow Block Foundations or Voids
Create a continuous treatment zone by treating hollow block foundations or voids in masonry resting atop the footing. If voids in the masonry elements are not openly accessible, drill and treat into these voids by applying 2 gallons of finished dilution per 10 linear feet of footing using a nozzle pressure of 25 p.s.i. or lower. When using this treatment, drill the access holes as close to the footing as is practical. Drilling below the sill plate is acceptable. Applicators must examine the treated areas of voids in block or rubble foundation walls closely for possible runoff as a precaution against application leakage. Mechanical alteration to some areas may be required before a treatment can be made. Other areas may not be treatable.
Not for use in voids insulated with rigid foam.
Use with Other Products
When a borate-based termite control product has been chosen as the primary pre-construction treatment for subterranean termites and is applied in accordance with the directions for use on the borate product’s label, Taurus SC may be used as an exterior perimeter pre-construction treatment. For an exterior perimeter pre-construction treatment, Taurus SC must be applied in such a way as to create a continuous treated zone along the exterior foundation of the structure. A complete and thorough horizontal pre-construction treatment with Taurus SC under the concrete slab is optional.
Taurus SC may also be applied to critical areas of the interior of the structure including around plumbing or utility services penetrating floors, bath and / or shower traps, or along concrete expansion joints, and other areas of known or suspected termite activity.
POST-CONSTRUCTION CONVENTIONAL STRUCTURAL TERMITE TREATMENT
For applications of Taurus SC made after the final grade is installed to protect the structure from termite infestation and/or to control existing termite populations, the applicator must trench and rod into the trench or trench along the foundation walls, around pillars and other foundation elements, at the rate prescribed from grade to the top of the footing. When the footing is more than 4 feet below grade, treat to a minimum depth of four feet. The depth of treatment will vary depending on soil type, degree of compaction and location of termite activity. When the top of the footing is exposed, the soil adjacent to the footing must be treated to a depth not to exceed the bottom of the footing. Never treat any structure below the footing.
To establish a complete exterior perimeter treatment zone along the foundation wall, drill any exterior concrete structures adjoining the foundation, such as patios, porches and sidewalks, and treat by sub-slab injection of Taurus SC finished dilution.
Before treatment, locate and identify all heating or air conditioning vents and ducts, water and sewer plumbing lines, electrical lines and conduits, and avoid contamination or damage to these structural elements.
Concrete Slab Over Soil (Including Monolithic, Floating and Supported Slabs)
Exterior perimeter: Apply by trenching and rodding into the trench or by trenching along the foundation walls at the rate of 4 gallons of finished dilution per 10 linear feet per foot of depth, or, if the footing is more than 4 feet below grade treat to a minimum depth of 4 feet. Trenches need not be wider than 6 inches and must be a minimum of 6 inches deep or to the bottom of the footing. Never treat a structure below the footing. Space the rod holes no more than 12 inches apart in a manner which will create a continuous treated zone. Mix the finished dilution into the soil before replacing it into the trench.
Sub-slab injection: Sub-slab injection treatments can be made from inside the structure, or in cases where this is not possible, from the outside of the structure by drilling through the foundation as directed below. Before treatment, locate and identify all heating or air conditioning vents and ducts, water and sewer plumbing lines, electrical lines and conduits, and avoid contamination or damage to these structural elements.
Vertical drilling / injection: Make treatments under the slab by drilling vertically through the slab along the interior perimeter of the foundation including the garage. Drill holes along all concrete expansion joints, cracks, plumbing and utility services penetrating the slab. Drill holes along interior partition walls when there is clear evidence of termite activity or damage. Space all drill-holes no more than 12 inches apart in a manner which will create a continuous treated zone. Inject the finished dilution of Taurus SC into the drill-holes at a rate of 4 gallons per 10 linear feet per foot of depth. When making applications, use a lateral dispersal nozzle to achieve the best results. After treatment, all holes in commonly occupied areas must be plugged with a non-cellulose material or covered with an impervious, non-cellulose material.
Horizontal drilling / rodding / sub-slab injection from the exterior of the foundation: Use this technique to treat underneath the slab only when floors or interior design do not allow for treatment by vertical drilling. Care must be taken not to rod into heating or air conditioning vents and ducts, water and sewer plumbing lines, electrical lines and conduits. Use horizontal short rodding practices to create a continuous treated zone into the soil proximal to the inside of the foundation wall. Angle drill-holes through the outside of the foundation to ensure deposition of Taurus SC below any existing heating ducts, water and sewer lines, or electrical conduits. Use horizontal long rodding practices only when the areas to be treated underneath the slab are not accessible by vertical rodding or horizontal short rodding. Do not use long rods exceeding 20 feet. For all horizontal rodding applications space drill-holes no more than 12 inches apart in a manner which will create a continuous treated zone. Inject the finished dilution of Taurus SC into the drill-holes a rate of 4 gallons per 10 linear feet per foot of depth. All holes must be plugged with a non-cellulose material or covered by and impervious, non-cellulose material.
Bath traps: Treat exposed soil or soil covered with tar or similar sealants beneath or around plumbing and/or drain pipe entry areas with a minimum of 1 gallon but not more than 4 gallons of finished dilution per square foot. It may be necessary to remove tar or sealant to ensure adequate soil penetration. Install an access door or inspection portal if one is not already present. After inspection and removal of all wood or cellulose debris, treat the soil by rodding or drenching with the finished dilution of Taurus SC.
Shower drains: To treat the soil beneath and adjacent to shower pan drains, drill through the slab adjacent to the shower pan and apply the finished dilution of Taurus SC by sub-slab injection. Foam can be used to maximize dispersion. Drill multiple access points adjacent to the drain, and use a directional dispersion tip to enhance the treatment of the soil beneath the drain. Treat with a minimum of 1 gallon but not more than 4 gallons of finished dilution per shower drain. Horizontal rodding can be used to access and treat soil associated with the shower drain.
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