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Is Spot Wood Treatment Effective For Drywood Termites?

With the different types of termites and their varying nesting habits, it is necessary to use various methods of pest control to get rid of them. The location and degree of infestation is also a factor our technicians at Defence Pest Management take into consideration when recommending which treatment to use.

Dealing with Drywood Termites

Unlike subterranean termites whose colonies are often found in the soil and in damp wood, drywood termites nest in solid dry wood. Timber structures in homes, as well as furniture, can be their hiding place. Just like all other types of termites, the damage caused by drywood termites may not be immediately visible, especially because they attack the wood from the inside.

Homeowners may find wood pellets near the furniture or structure that has been invaded by drywood termites and used as their colony, but for a while, signs of infestation may be unnoticeable.

A common pest control treatment for drywood termites is structural fumigation, or the method of sealing a structure and releasing fumigants to poison the termites. However, while this is effective for large infestations, it may not be the most efficient method for infestations that are only isolated to specific areas.

Spot Wood Treatment

Localised or spot wood treatment is ideal when the drywood termite infestation affects only a part of the timber structure. Once the colony is located, a small hole can be drilled and used for injecting termiticide into the wood. Several holes may also be drilled directly into the termite galleries where the termiticide will be applied.

Advantages of Spot Wood Treatment

Since the treatment is restricted to certain areas, there will be no need for disrupting the activities in the entire property unlike with structural fumigation. Spot wood treatment is also considerably less expensive than structural fumigation.

Disadvantages of Spot Wood Treatment

Spot wood treatment is generally effective for eliminating drywood termites. However, to ensure that the treatment has a lasting effect, the location of the termites must be carefully determined. Because the termites are located inside the wall and are not readily visible, there is a risk that some infested parts of the structure may not be treated, leaving the termites to continuously grow in numbers.

Ensuring Your Property is Free from Drywood Termites

A thorough and complete pest inspection of your property is the first step to making sure that no infested spot will be left amiss. The Defence Pest Management team, with the use of our high-quality inspection equipment, will take every necessary step to locate termite colonies around your property. Once the locations of pest infestation are determined and confirmed, we will help you decide on the most convenient and effective solution for eradicating the infestation.