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How to Treat Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are destructive little pests that infest the wooden components of your home, silently destroying it.

They have the ability to go unnoticed, allowing them to cause untold structural damage before you even realize they’re there. Termite damage is known to reach the sum of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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How to Treat Drywood Termites

To protect your home, you should know how to treat drywood termites, and how to recognize the signs of termite infestation.

Forming their colonies in wood, they eat until they leave behind only a thin layer of wood that will sound hollow, so if you find broken or shed wings, if you have dirt around your window sills, if you see frass scattered around then you need to investigate, and then you need to know what kills them.

Keep reading to find out how to get rid of termites.

Termite Tenting

If your infestation is extensive then termite fumigation is the option to choose. With this process, your entire house is covered with a special nylon tent, then a fumigant gas like sulfuryl fluoride or methyl bromide is released.

Oxygen is replaced with deadly gas, usually eliminating the problem entirely. The gas is poisonous to all insects and mammals and can only be bought with a license, so if you opt for this method then you need to use a licensed fumigator.

If this method sounds like the one you prefer then learn more about it to understand the process involved and how you prepare your home.


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Replace Infested Wood

The simplest method of termite treatment is to remove or replace the infested wood. This option only works if the infestation is localized and the wood is accessible, otherwise, you need a different treatment.

To prevent further infestation, you can spray bora-care in the attic and on untreated wood, and you can spray aerosol in cracks. Be vigilant in monitoring termite activity, and you can catch it before it causes structural damage.

Spot-Wood Treatment

For another localized treatment, try the spot-wood method. If you don’t want to fumigate the whole house or you want a lower-cost method, then this one covers the small infested area.

With this treatment, you drill holes into the infested wood through the termite galleries, then insert the liquid, aerosol, or dust formulations to spread throughout.

Bora-Care

This is a popular method of treatment, and one of the aspects that makes it effective is that once the wood is treated with bora-care, it’s treated for a lifetime.

The wood needs to be unpainted and unstained for it to work, and when it’s applied, it soaks 4 inches into the wood. Spray into the cracks and crevices and it dehydrates the termites, killing them, and any termites that feed on the wood in the future.

How to Treat Drywood Termites Explained

Now you know how to treat drywood termites and you know what options of treatment are available to you. Of course, another effective method is prevention.

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