Comparing Drywood Termite Treatment Methods

Drywood termite infestations are difficult to deal with… sometimes the infestation is not noticed until the colony has matured and produced alates that have already begun new, undetectable colonies in wood nearby. Localized treatment of the first colony then does nothing about the second or third that may already be developing.
University of Florida –
“Fumigation (“tenting”) has been the only method used for over forty years which insures complete eradication of all drywood termites from a structure… It is impossible to treat all wood in a completed house with residual chemicals.”
University of Florida
“Homeowners are advised to understand the distinction between whole-structure and localized treatments when deciding which method to select, because all treatment methods are not equal. Whole-structure treatments have an advantage over localized treatments in that they should eliminate all infestations, even hidden ones. With the uncertainty of current detection methods, particularly when drywall or other wall coverings conceal infestations, there is always some doubt as to the extent of drywood termite colony boundaries and the number of colonies within homes.
UC Davis –
“Taken together, the laboratory studies at UC Riverside and field investigations at UC Berkeley, suggest local treatments are limited in what can be expected in their field performance; best with exposed accessible boards and less when infestations are concealed or inaccessible. Additionally, when offered to consumers, care must be taken to inform them of treatment limitations and that they are not equivalent to whole-structure treatments.”
– UC Berkely
“The challenges presented for local treatments in eliminating infestations are daunting and include expansive gallery systems (Harvey 1934, Grace et al. 2009), higher percentage of wood in homes being inaccessible (Lewis et al. 2004), and as few as 10 survivors being able to reestablish the same infestation (Smith 1995). For local treatments, the need for retreatment under field conditions has been previously reported (Randall and Dowdy 1934, Thoms 2000, Lewis et al. 2005).”
“By some estimates, inaccessible areas in homes in the state can represent 40% of the structural members (Lewis et al 1997). Accessibility of infested boards has always been an impediment to the success of local treatments.”
“Fumigation is a desirable treatment when total eradication must be ensured or when infestations are widespread or difficult to access for local treatment.”
Scheffrahn RH, Su N-Y, Busey P. 1997a. Laboratory and field evaluations of selected chemical treatments for control of drywood termites (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 90: 492-502.
“Fumigants treat all infestations simultaneously, and have high levels of control, usually reaching 100% if correctly applied.”
University of Arizona
“Fumigation essentially kills everything in the structure and is a “reset button” for drywood termites.”
University of Florida
“Unfortunately, every home contains many areas that are inaccessible to inspection or treatment. Vikane® fumigant moves throughout all wood in a house, so it eliminates every drywood termite — even those hidden in areas that are not possible to inspect or reach with a spot treatment.”
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