Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology and entomologist, installed the Sentricon System, an innovative termite baiting system, at the Sam Davis Home on April 20. This museum and historic home of Confederate soldier Sam Davis is located in Smyrna, Tenn. and is enjoyed by about 17,000 visitors every year. Murphree spoke about the threat and destructive nature of termites, as well as the features and benefits of the newest bait technology.
Sentricon is the only termite protection ever awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the Environmental Protection Agency. Several Sam Davis Home staff members were on-site to share information on the importance of preserving the historic Sam Davis Home. Though the home has stood since the 1800s, the threat of termites is real. Since this is a delicate, historic home, liquid termite treatments, which require digging and drilling in and around foundations, are not ideal. With the Sentricon® System, special in-ground baiting stations will be placed to create a protective ring around the Sam Davis Home. When the continuously foraging termites find the bait, they eat it, share it with the rest of the colony, which is then eliminated. (image Sam_Davis_home.jpg)