Protect your home from termites with pest control services

Ortho is trusted to provide homeowners with the most effective pest control services for pesky and unwanted pests who might cohabit in your home. Among Ortho’s product line, its most powerful insect-killer is the Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite and Destructive Bug Killer. You can use it to kill wood-destroying insects and other pests that might be present in your home. Besides controlling general termites, it is effective against subterranean termites, carpenter ants, and bees. This chemical can be applied to wooden structures, piles, fences, mailboxes, tree stumps, and any stored lumber in your home.

Ortho Termiticide contains Bifenthrin in each bottle of concentrate. Since its main active ingredient can act as a herbicide and kill plant life, it’s better to avoid using it close to trees and flower beds. Bifenthrin is an extremely powerful pesticide. Some other products on the market merely repel termites, but this one kills them. Termites won’t have any way of detecting or avoiding this particular termite killer, since it’s odorless.

Its primary purpose is to control subterranean termite populations; therefore, it cannot be used indoors. The bottle contains a concentrated pesticide. Therefore, you’ll need to mix it yourself and then use your pump sprayer or garden hose sprayer to treat the affected areas.

Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite KillerPros

  • ​The product can be directly applied to wood or foundation.
  • ​This treatment is effective on subterranean termite colonies
  • ​Lasts up to five years against termites
  • Good price
  • Gets rid of a variety of pests


  • You need to mix the contents.
  • The sprayer needs to be purchased separately.

Tools Needed

You’ll need a hand-held pump sprayer or a sprinkling can to use on large areas. For trenching with Taurus SC, you will need either a pickaxe or a shovel to dig the trench to create a barrier against termites.

How To Use

This product needs to be diluted with water before use. You need to determine how much Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite Killer you need by measuring the width and length of the area to be treated. You can use a sprinkling can to mix 3.2 oz. to 1 gallon of water for every 2 1/2 linear feet. Using a tank sprayer, you can mix 0.5 oz. per gallon of water. If you have a tank sprayer, you can mix 0.5 oz. of product per gallon of water.

When you use the Ortho Home Defense MAX as a trenching treatment, it can control the area for as long as 5 years. That’s a long time to have peace of mind. In the trench, pour 4 gallons per 10 linear feet per foot of depth of the diluted solution.

It is recommended to reapply the chemical barrier for subterranean termites only after there has been a disruption of the soil barrier due to construction, excavation, landscaping, etc. It is important to reapply the pesticide in spots on those areas. This should not be applied on the entire premises every year.

Where To Use

It’s recommended to use Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite & Destructive Bug Killer Concentrate outdoors. Your home’s foundation can be treated with this. You can use it to treat wooden structures, tree stumps, wood piles, wood debris, or stored lumber you might own.

When To Use

It is an all-in-one termiticide that works best when termite activity has already been confirmed, as well as prevents them for up to five years. Use as a wood treatment application and a perimeter pest control method.

Target Pests

Termites, Ants, Carpenter Bees, Wood Infesting Beetles, Chiggers, Crickets, Earwigs, Fleas, German Cockroaches, House Flies, Hornets, Scorpions, Silverfish, Sowbugs, Spiders, Ticks, Wasps, Wood Destroying Beetles, Yellow Jackets, and others

Comparable Products

  • Taurus SC 20 oz bottle-Termiticide Generic Termidor
  • BioAdvanced 700350A Termite Killer Plus, Insect Killer for Outdoors
  • HARRIS Termite Treatment and Mold Killer
  • Ortho 221910 Home Defense Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter

Safety Information

Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite & Destructive Bug Killer is safe to use as long as you follow the product label.

Special Considerations

This product is not recommended for indoor use. It’s non-repellent and undetectable to target pests.


In a sprayer, how do you mix Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite & Destructive Bug Killer?

Per the product label, you will need 0.5 oz. (1 tbsp.) of Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite & Destructive Bug Killer per gallon of water per 167 sq. ft.

Does rain affect its efficacy?

Wait until the last predicted rain is at least 24 hours away when applying the product. Once it dries, it is harder to undo and rain just runs off of it.

Is Ortho Home Defense Termite and Destructive Bug Killer safe to use in attics?

It’s not recommended to use Ortho Home Defense Termite and Destructive Bug Killer inside a dwelling, including an attic. Use it as directed on the label for best results.


The Ortho Home Defense MAX is inexpensive when it comes to its purchase price. There are two sizes to choose from 20oz and 32oz, meaning you have lots of options to choose from depending on your specific needs. Also, you can combine them in different ways to meet your needs. This product can be either a quick fix or a long-term treatment for expensive pest issues from destructive pests, depending on how you use it. Ortho has designed its termite killer in such a way that it can provide termite protection for half a decade. You must, of course, use it as a trenching treatment for this to happen.

Get peace of mind from termites and other wood-destroying pests with Ortho Home Defense MAX Termite & Destructive Bug Killer Concentrate.