Chlordane for Termite Control

Basic Information

From 1948 to 1988, the chemical compound chlordane was popularly used to control termites. Chlordane was available to the general public.

Control Methods

Initially marketed as a large-scale ant control method, chlordane was quickly recognized as an effective insecticide against termites, roaches and other insects. Depending on the type of insect, sometimes chlordane powder was mixed with varying amounts of water. The resulting amber liquid was used to protect corn and citrus crops from insects in industrial and home gardens.

Challenges of Control

After alleged discoveries that chlordane use threatened human and environmental health, the product was removed by the manufacturer in 1988. Some reports alleged that chlordane was found to cause damage to human health. There was widespread controversy about the use of the product, and, ultimately, the removal was largely due to use by homeowners who misused the product.