“Effective treatment methods for Western Drywood termites are not cookie cutter services.”
Chances are that if landed on this page, you live in the Phoenix area and your researching treatment options for dry wood termites. Arizona is home to several unique species of termites one of which is the Western Dry wood. Unlike the more common subterranean type termites, dry woods generally do not nest underground or in soil. Conventional soil treatments that are effective against subterranean termites provide little protection against this unique species. In fact drywood termites prefer to nest within the wood they are feasting on while subterranean types live underground.
The average infestation starts during the swarm season (June-August) with airborne reproductive’s seeking exposed wood to start a colony. Winged swarmers emerge from mature colonies that may be nesting in nearby wood or neighborhood trees at dawn or dusk. Often referred to as the “flying termite” they can be unknowingly brought into homes concealed within infested wood items or furniture.
Colonies start with two reproductive’s and usually peak in population within 7-10 years. During that time the colony, under ideal conditions, can grow to several hundred before reaching thousands upon maturity. Because of their cryptic nature and their ability to nest within wood, they are rarely seen. In fact the first visible signs of infestation do not occur until shortly before the colony reaches maturity and they begin pushing fecal pellets out of the nest. Homeowners typically begin seeing small reoccurring piles of fecal pellets, become suspicious and eventually call in an experienced exterminator.
Acceptable treatment methods include complete tent fumigation, removal of infested wood, liquid, heat or electrical treatments. All these options can in the right situation be the best choice for a homeowner. Before considering any treatment a thorough inspection should be completed by an experienced exterminator. It is important to locate all areas of infestation, identify conditions conducive to nesting termites and other conditions that may dictate the best service options. Effective dry wood termite treatments are not cookie-cutter.
Tent Fumigation if properly done will eliminate the entire colony. That is the good news. The bad news is that it can be expensive, a drawn out process, provide no protection against reinfestation and may not be necessary. Tent fumigations require the homeowner to vacate for 3-4 days and remove a laundry list of items before the service. If a home has multiple colonies and the nesting areas are difficult to access tent fumigation is usually the best option.
Tentless Treatment Option(s)
If the infestation is isolated to one small area, homeowners may consider carefully removing the infested wood and replacing it with treated products. This can be the most cost effective manner to eliminate an infestation.
Treating infested wood is a wise choice when this option is available. This Tentless termite treatment option provides the best balance of getting rid of the infestation and providing long term protection against re-infestation. It requires access to infested areas and provides long term protection against re-infestation. Depending upon the areas needing service this option can be completed for a quarter to half the cost of tent fumigation. Homeowners may incur additional costs to remove drywall and replace damaged wood.
When considering liquid tentless termite treatment services consumers need to be aware of the proposed product that will be used and the method of application. Application is critical because dry wood termites nest deep within the wood and using just any product that kills termites is not enough. The product must penetrate to the center of the infested wood if you want to completely eliminate the threat. Given Arizona’s dry climate few products even when properly applied will reach nesting termites.
Popular products like Termidor, and Premise 75 will kill all types of termites upon contact, but will rarely penetrate a two by four by more than a ¼ inch. In most cases using natural borate products will penetrate to the core of the infested wood and provide long term protection against reinfestation.
In order for a liquid termite treatment to be most effective the exterminator should have direct access to infested areas. This usually entails removing drywall or paneling. Foam applications thorough drywall is not advised and rarely effective as these products will not reach nesting areas.
Electrical and heat treatments can be extremely effective in the right circumstances. Unfortunately the opportunities to use these methods are limited and if not properly done can be a recipe for continued damage. Costs for these types of service are consistent with liquid treatments and homeowners may incur additional costs to remove drywall or paneling.
Homeowners faced with several 1000s in fumigation costs should carefully consider all options including tentless termite treatment. In most cases spending hard earned money on this type of service is not a wise investment. Consumers should seek out expert advice from experienced exterminators. Consideration should be given to getting rid of the termites and also getting a service that provides long term protection. Spending several thousand dollars to have your home fumigated and repeating the process every few years can be a bummer.
Drywood termites are destructive and when an infestation is discovered consumers should seek professional advice. Regardless of which treatment method is employed yearly inspections are critical. An experienced exterminator can determine if the service is effective and/or catch a new infestation. Discovering any infestation early can save a homeowner several thousand dollars in damage repair costs and diminish resale value.
Bills Pest Termite Control is your hometown exterminator and Arizona’s Termite Experts. We provide safe, effective termite treatment services for your home or business at affordable rates. We provide free inspections and evaluations for all types of Arizona termites.
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