Drywood Termite Treatments
Drywood termite treatment consists of localized chemical injection or fumigation (tenting).
Localized treatment is preferred when the infestation sites are known and accessible. The chemicals used are safe, low odor, and environmentally friendly. No preparation or vacancy of the structure or treated area is necessary.
Structural fumigation is recommended when infestation is excessive or known to extend into inaccessible areas where localized treatment is not an option. Fumigation is the most effective process to ensure complete control of inaccessible infestations. The fumigant used, “Vikane” ( sulfuryl fluoride), is a clean, odorless, colorless, non-residual gas. There is no need to wash dishes, clothing, or furnishings after the structure has been cleared for re-entry as there is absolutely no residual with this gas. Vacancy of the property for 2 ½ days and some preparation of foodstuffs and medications is required. It should be noted this preparation is a requirement NOT a precaution.
Subterranean Termite Treatments
Subterranean termites are always treated with a localized procedure. Treating cold joints, cracks, or slab foundations is accomplished by drilling small (1/2” diameter) holes and injecting a termiticide. Holes are plugged upon completion of treatment. Soil treatments (base of foundations or subareas) are performed by trenching the soil, applying termiticide to the trench and backfilling the trench with clean soil. Each of these procedures can be performed without requiring vacancy of the property.
In recent years, many other varieties of termite treatments have been introduced as an alternative to the use of chemicals. Orange oil, heat, liquid nitrogen, microwave, electricity and bait stations are just a few of the alternative options now offered. Please understand these methods are considered by the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) for localized treatment only as they have had mixed results and effectiveness in testing conducted by the SPCB in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley and Riverside. Seacoast Termite Control, Inc. has spent time investigating each and has not been impressed with the findings and results.