Drywood Termite Treatment – Many homeowners will experience an infestation of dry wood termites in their home. Unlike subterranean termites that require excess moisture, dry-wood termites spend almost their entire life cycle within the wooden members on which they feed. Only during brief flights young adults leave the boundaries of their galleries to start new colonies in other places. Winged adults, wings, termite debris and wooden galleries inside are typical signs of a termite infestation. Ants swarming are sometimes confused with termites, but the differences are easily recognized by a certified inspector.
If you suspect that a dry wood termite infestation is in your home, a thorough inspection of the entire structure should be carried out by a certified inspector. The inspector must have a license issued by the State of California (SPCBCA). Careful inspection is essential to determine the extent of the infestation and the location (s) of other termite colonies. The results of the inspection will determine the best treatment option (s) as a control method for your particular case. The different companies that offer termite control should have similar results in their reports. It is prudent to consult with several of you to get the best possible price, just make sure you have the licenses and certifications required by local, state and federal laws. Termite control treatments are divided into three general categories that reflect their coverage areas: the entire structure, land parcels and local “spot” applications. Preventive treatments are also available and generally offered after an existing infestation has been exterminated or if your property is clean of infestations. All the treatments mentioned below are for the control of termites and for their prevention. Only a complete inspection can tell you what is the best method for your particular case.
Coverage and Scope of Treatments for Termite Control
- Fumigation | The whole structure | 1 – 3 Days
- Heat Treatment | Salas, Entre Techo, Apartments | 4 – 12 hours
- Electrocution | 3.4 feet of Table | 2 – 30 min
- Microwave | 4.1 feet of the Board | 10 – 30 min
- Drilling and Injecting | Interior and Exterior | 15 – 60 min
- Borato of Surfaces | Wood Surfaces | 10 – 120 min
- Replacement of damaged wood | Interior and Exterior | Depending
Important Advantages and Disadvantages of Treatments for Termite Control
- Fumigation is a complete eradication of termites throughout the property but must be empty for three days and the embalming of all food is necessary.
- Eradication with heat use is limited because all heat-sensitive materials must be removed from the area.
- Electrocution is a very flexible treatment but has no way to measure its lethality.
- Control with microwave waves is a good method in which holes are not made in the walls but limited to small spaces.
- Drilling and Injection has a long follow-up since the residues of the chemicals are not diluted until years after the treatment. This gives security to the owner that his property will be protected.