Ode To Termidor And Proprietary Days Gone By

The old codger dawns his suit, rookie in tow.
He says “we got termites under this house but-
there’s not much to know.”

Gone are the days of the hunt and the skill
Gone are the tools like the long rod and drill

Expansion joints hidden but no fears for me
A simple perimeter trench cures what I cannot see

In my day termite work was hard and gave us a fit
We had no power tools so we drilled blocks by hand with a hammer and a bit

No breaks in our barriers and residual was key
But so many 200 gallon treatments failed, beaten by a bug who can’t even see

Spring time was the worst and the skies filled with wings
New clients clogged the phone but re-treats too, came with every third ring

There was Mrs.Jones, Mr.White and old man Todd
Infestations and contracts so old we re-filed them under the name God

It didn’t matter what we used or which entomologist we called each year was the same
And Branch managers and small owners either grew tired or very good at the “Damage, What Damage?” game

We needed help but it couldn’t be a new tool, detection device or new contractual clause
We needed a chemical that would kill the termite not just make them stop for a moment and pause

That’s when Termidor came in and began making claims
A new class of warfare and the rules have ALL suddenly changed

As far as termite control others were trying but Termidor was now king
And the proof is customers clamoring for it by name but as far as re-treats-just ‘silent springs’

Just one product alone changed the face of a industry and put positive results in everyones hands
But time has run out and unless things change Termidor will alone, no longer stand

Generic wolves stand at the ready and indeed some have made the pounce
Making their own fantastic claims when they’ve not developed even so much as an ounce

They just stood on the sidelines while BASF paid the price
After 10 years the law say’s “you must share now boys” and gee aint that nice

So here come the generics, wanna be’s and impostors
I’m sure lower priced but will they make your roster

The old codger slips into the abyss with just his hose and a rookie eager to hear more
When his light shines on an old star bit treatment hole in the block and he thinks to himself
Thank You Termidor

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Mel

    Terimdor is a great product but it should have never been a substitute for the biological knowledge required to eliminate termites and ants as I described to you in our personal conversations. I witnessed to many entry level pest control techs being coached as if this product was the miracle cure all for pests. When it failed they couldnt figure out why.  I will give credit to BASF for developing the first non repellent liquids I was introduced to and they were highly effective.

  • Stuto1

    For me to switch to a generic it has to be a lot cheaper and I’m going to need a lot of positve feedback from you guinea pigs!

  • Stuto-
    This is so funny because just today I did a phone survey from a company comparing generics, termidor and Altriset & I said the the gal almost word for word what you did. She was taken aback just a bit when I told her look- Termidor proved itself and now all these others are coming in and maybe–just maybe they knock it off the mountain… but…. (insert your words here)

    Are we related?

  • I got to thinking and maybe I’ll write about this– What if there was a Termidor rodenticide? How bout a german roach termidor, bed bugs, house flies, fleas, etc.etc.?

    I think then my friend you & I would need to get jobs at the pest control museum where we did tour guides of how treatments were done while the techs dragged their woman by the hair and lived in caves……

  • Ginger

    The entry level techs obviously couldn’t read or do any research on their own. I have only been a PCO for 18 months, but I understand that a chemical isn’t always the miracle cure.  Termidor is one of my favorite products, but I also know how and when to use it correctly.

  • Sounds like you’re ‘Old School’ already Ginger. You remind me of the gal I got my training from. http://pestcemetery.com/ode-chrissy-women-pest-control/

    Thanks for visiting my site