Do Termite Granules Work? {How and Where To Use Them}

Are you looking for the best outdoor termite treatment? Do Termite Granules Work?

How do granules stop termites from entering your property? Can we use them indoors?

In this article, we’ll find out if termite granules work well to stop and kill termites.

Do Termite Granules Work?

Termite granules work best on bare soil and for termites that live underground. This means they are ineffective against Drywood termites. The aim is for underground termite species to make contact with it when they reach the surface.

Sprinkle the granules around the perimeter of your property and make them moist with some water. The active ingredient is called Imidacloprid, which kills termites on contact and also disintegrates into the soil creating a force field against these pests.

How Do You Use BioAdvanced Termite Killer Granules?

BioAdvanced Termite killer granules is an industry leading product, but one of many brands that offer this particular type of treatment. Granules are sprinkled in areas where you see or suspect termite infestations.

They can kill termites in your home, garage or outdoors. After sprinkling the granules, water them and walk away.

Granules will do the job for you when you are not around. This is one of the easiest methods of termite treatment.

How Long do Termite Granules Last?

Termite killing granules can last up to nine months. These granules are effective in sprinkling and reaching the toughest cracks or crevices.

These granules will last for many months to create a barrier for insect control that goes beyond treating or preventing termites.

It’s best to allow these granules to disintegrate into bare soil or outdoor spaces such as lawns, grassy areas, trees or fencing.

Which Termites Do Termite Granules Kill?

Termite granules work for many different species of these pests including:

  • Subterranean termites
  • Formosan termites
  • Dampwood termites

The best use of termite granules are for termites to come out of the ground and live underneath the soil. Drywood termites live off the ground and termite granules are not as effective for them.

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How Do Termite Granules Work?

Termite granules are meant to disintegrate when moisture is exposed to it. They release a chemical called Imidacloprid on the surface of the soil.

Termites that live in the ground will eventually come up and become exposed to this chemical leading to their death.

Where Can You Use Termite Granules?

Termite granules are best for outdoor use, but the manufacturers of these products also recommend using them indoors and hard-to-reach areas as well.

Here are some of the most popular locations where termite granules are most effective:

  • A home’s foundation
  • Near fences
  • On grass lawns
  • Near trees
  • All over your garden
  • The perimeter of your yard
  • On rotting lumber

Bare soil is the best spot for these granules to work. Companies advocate for their use elsewhere for you to use up these granules and run out so you can buy more. It works, but it’s best to save it for outdoor spaces.

How Should You Use Termite Granules?

The best way to use termite granules is to sprinkle it on bare soil and pour water all over it. The aim is not to drench it but to simply make them moist.

Once they are moist, they will begin to disintegrate into the soil creating a larger barrier that keeps termites way.

If termites make contact with the disintegrated granules, they will die. Termite granules are safe for plants and trees as well as your grass.

Are Termite Granules Safe For Pets?

Pets that are exposed to dry granules are generally safe, but they must not make contact or ingest them. This is why it’s important to seal the packaging when we are not using them.

Granules that are moistened with water will disintegrate into the soil. Once this occurs, the manufacturers have deemed it safe for pets to romp and stomp all over these treated areas without concern.

Use your own discretion and keep your pets at a safe distance under your watchful care. Dried out granules that have already released the active ingredient called Imidacloprid should be safe on contact.

Can You Use Termite Granules In My Attic?

No. You should focus on using termite granules only in outdoor spaces and on bare soil. Placing termite granules on furniture or floorboards may not be effective.

You are trying to release an active ingredient inside the granules (Imidacloprid) that can only work when they are moist.

It does not make sense to moisten granules with water on furniture or any dry spaces around your home.

Why Do I Still See Termites After Treatment?

Winged termites are called swarmers. After your home has been treated with granules on the outside and termiticide applications on the inside, the swarmers can still hang out in these areas for up to three or four weeks.

They will not be able to multiply into a new colony due to the remnants of the chemicals that have already been applied. It is normal to see some winged termites for several weeks after treatment.


Your aim for using termite granules is to create a two-pronged approach to treating this potentially disastrous issue of termite infestations. Termite granules work outdoors and only against termites that travel under the ground.

When they come out of their extensive tunnels, they will be exposed to soil that is treated with these granules. If you moisten the granules with water, they will release chemicals which are safe for your lawn and pets, but toxic to termites who will die when they try to reach the surface.

This is why you should try using granules around the perimeter of your home as a force field or termite shield. Once they enter your home, you should try termiticides or call a professional to make sure the problem doesn’t worsen.


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