Drywood termites eat dry wood, thus damaging furniture and building structure. Take immediate action to avoid high repair expenses. Below are steps and guides on how to kill drywood termites.
- Inspect if there are dry wood termites in your home or establishment. Look for fecal pellets. They look like dark salt particles. It’s hard to determine dry wood termites because they are widely dispersed and it takes years before they mature. Hire a professional inspector for help.
During inspection, the exterminator will look for shed wings, feeding damage, kickout holes, and termite fecal pellets. The size of kickout holes in the woods are like BB shots where termites push their fecal pellets out. Fecal pellets are hexagonal in form. Finding fecal pellets isn’t enough to determine if there is active infestation, check the kickout hole days after and find if there are new fecal pellets.
- Alternative detection methods. You can detect termites with the use of feeding-sensitive devices, odor detectors, and dogs. Before, borescopes, movement-sensitive devices and fiber optics have been tried but there are no scientific evidences that prove reliability. Most detection process still remains experimental. Feeding sensitive devices (acoustic emission) is an exception.
- Localized or whole structure treatment. Determine the difference between the two treatments for economic and outcome reasons. A spot or localized treatment is much restricted. Spot treatment only applies to a single board or single structure. A whole-structure treatment is simultaneous infestation treatment of a structure (both accessible and inaccessible). Whole structure treatments are advantageous because they eliminate hidden infestations.
- Structure fumigation. A licensed exterminator will cover your structure or furniture with rubber tent. He will fill the tent with poisonous gas to kill the dry wood termites. Leave the location for 2 to 3 days after treatment.
- Localized treatments. In localized or spot treatment, exterminators will inject poison in particular wood structures or furniture. It is cheaper but less effective than whole structure treatment. Determine with the exterminator the extent of damage so you can choose between localized and whole structure treatment.
- Heat treatments. The structure is treated like fumigation treatment. Hot air is used rather than poisonous gas. The injected hot air will create extreme heat that will kill the dry wood termites. After fumigation, you can return to the location sooner because there are no poisons used.
- Natural treatments. Most professional exterminators use citrus-based products in terminating dry wood termites. You can treat the structure personally by wiping citrus-based cleaners to the infected wood.
- Wise decision making. Ensure thorough success in applying treatment. There are various pest control companies and their techniques and charges vary. Also, they don’t have the same performance and services. Get three to five vendor bids before deciding. Check the client referrals, consumer complaints, and business licenses of pest control companies and conduct a comparative analysis.
- Conduct annual check-ups if you have a big company. If the exterminator can determine the exact location of the colony then you’ll have a 90% success assurance. Ask for callback remedies for failed treatments. Carefully read your contract or guarantee with the pest control company.
Prioritize the reputation of your company. An annual check-up of assets is a big help in your establishment and home. Spend time in finding the best pest control company.