Searching for the best treatment for drywood termites? This article discusses a few different options that meet the needs of some common situations.
As a coastal state, Florida is home to the drywood termite. Unlike the subterranean termite—its vastly more common cousin—the drywood termite does not require soil to live. They can survive in wood alone.
Bad news for Florida homeowners.
However, if you are dealing with a drywood termite infestation in your home, you do have options.
The Best Treatment for Drywood Termites Depends on Your Needs
The first thing to understand about eradicating these pests from your home is that the level of infestation matters. The treatment you choose should meet the problem where it’s at. In other words, you may only need to spot treat certain areas in your home where there are signs of termites.
Here are some solutions you can try on your own and a couple of professional options.
DIY Spot Wood Treatments
DIY Boric Acid Spot Treatment
Boric acid, also known as borate, is one of the best drywood termite treatments if you want to go the DIY route. It usually comes in powder form, so you will need to mix it with water to apply it to the affected areas. Depending on your needs, you may choose to apply it with a brush, spray it on, or inject it into exposed termite galleries (the tunnels they create in the wood).
DIY Drill and Foam Spot Treatment Solutions
Foaming insecticide is also effective for ridding your home of termites. Simply purchase an insecticide, such as FiPro, and follow the instructions on the product. You may need to drill into the wood to expose more galleries so the foam can enter as much of the tunnel system as possible.
Professional Termite Treatments
Professional Spot Wood Treatment
If you don’t have luck with DIY spot treatments, that’s okay. A professional can help you identify any problem areas in your home and spot treat them using the most effective solutions available. Pest control experts have experience that you don’t, so having one inspect your home could uncover places that you missed.
For large infestations, you may need to consider tent fumigation. As the name suggests, tent fumigation involves covering the entire home in a tent and releasing insecticide gas into the structure. The reason that fumigation is so effective—nearly 100%—is that the gas replaces most of the oxygen where the termites live, so when they are exposed to it, it is practically impossible for them to avoid ingesting the insecticide.
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