Termite Treatment Methods

Localized Treatment For Drywood Termites

Localized termite treatments are basically defined as any treatment method for a termite infestation that is addressing a specific area(s) of a structure. Bug Central offers local treatments that are applied by first drilling into infested wood members and injecting the chemical into the termite galleries. Then, there is topical application of borates on exposed and uncoated wood members followed by foaming between wall voids.

Fumigation vs Localized Treatment

Tent fumigation will eradicate all infestations in a structure regardless of whether or not the infestations are visible and accessible. Fumigations are for treating drywood termites and various other pests but not subterranean termites and require vacating the property for several days. Drywood termite infestations that extend into inaccessible areas of the structure will require fumigation to ensure a complete killing of all colonies.

Q. Can a localized treatment method be used instead of fumigation even if there is knowledge of active termites extending into inaccessible areas?

A. Yes. There are many reasons why you would want to locally treat the visible and accessible areas of a property and not just let termites continue to cause costly damage if you are not in a position to fumigate the entire structure. Your inspection report will recommend fumigation as the primary recommended method to treat the structure but a secondary option to locally treat can be done.

 

Q.  When does a localized termite treatment become a secondary treatment to fumigation?

A. When active drywood termite infestations extend into an inaccessible area of a structure, tent fumigation will be recommended as the primary treatment method and localized treatment can be offered as a secondary treatment option.

Note: In the case of selling a property, it is common that secondary treatment options would not be accepted to satisfy the requirements for termite clearance.

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