Termite droppings are found in a door, a door frame, or a baseboard. The entire termite colony is located in a piece of wood where the infestation is visible and accessible for treatment. A “spot treatment” using the ELECTRO-GUN and/or the drill and treat method could solve the problem here because the technician could treat the entire infestation. (Remember the entire Drywood termite colony lives in a small local area).
Termite droppings are found in an attic. If the technician can get into the attic and then crawl over to where the infestation is found, then a “spot treatment” may solve the problem (NOTE: this is rarely the case). But if the technician can’t reach the infestation and then tries to spray it from a distance, there is simply no way of telling whether the chemical actually covered all the wood. Property owners must be on guard against an inspector/salesman who promises that simply spraying the infested area from a distance will eliminate existing infestations. Without actually injecting the infested wood with a chemical or electricity you will not, in most cases, kill the termites inside.
Termites are found in an attic. Some of the areas are accessible for treatment and some are not. Beware of an inspector who tells you that spraying the entire attic will eliminate all the infestations, whether they be visible or hidden. They may also tell you that the termites inside the wood will eventually come to the outside surface of the wood which was sprayed, eat through the toxic chemical and die. If one simply takes the time to check how an attic is constructed, they would soon see that it is impossible to treat the entire attic area simply because you can’t get to all of the areas to treat them. REMEMBER: DRYWOOD TERMITES CAN INFEST ANY PIECE OF WOOD ANYWHERE IN AN ATTIC.
INSULATED ATTICS - Forget it. I have yet to meet a termite inspector who will put on coveralls and a mask and then crawl throughout an insulated attic to treat all the wood in attic temperatures which can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Any termite inspector who tells you he can properly treat an insulated attic without “tenting” is scamming you. Tell him thanks but no thanks. This is where you need to use your “common sense”. (See insulated attic example pictured below.)
SWARMERS ONLY - Every spring thousands of South Florida property owners experience a “swarm” of Drywood termites. These termites swarm out of existing colonies to establish new colonies. In many cases there is no visible sign (such as droppings) to indicate the location of these existing colonies. Beware of the unscrupulous pest control operators who will try to sell you a “no tent” termite treatment even when they can’t locate the infestation.
As you can see, many areas of a building are inaccessible for inspection and/or treatment such as insulated attics, interior wood walls, wood behind built-in furniture and kitchen cabinets. These are just a few examples.
If you can’t find the infestation how can you say that your treatment worked. You can’t! That’s just COMMON SENSE.
SO LET’S SUM UP
There are only two legitimate ways to treat Drywood termite infestations.
Spot treatments as discussed above only work if the infestation is accessible. An example of such an area is: ELECTRO-GUN OF OPEN BEAM CEILING
If you can’t visually locate the infestation(s) then the only proven method is fumigation.
Is “no tent” termite control
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