How Effective is Local Drywood Termite Treatment?
If you’re looking for a way to get rid of termites in your home, you probably have a few different options at your disposal. Some of the more common treatments include fumigation, heat treatment, and localized treatment with orange oil termiticide. While fumigation is the most effective method for controlling dry wood termites, localized treatment can be an option for homes with small infestations or if fumigation is not feasible.
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The first step to getting rid of termites is inspection, and the most common method for a thorough examination involves tapping wood with the end of a screwdriver or similar tool and listening for a hollow, papery sound. During an inspection, inspectors also look for feeding damage, shed wings, and fecal pellets.
Fecal pellets, hexagonal in shape, are a key indicator of an active dry wood termite infestation, but the extent of the infestation cannot be determined by these signs alone. During a visual inspection, inspectors also look for kick-out holes, small holes the size of BB shots through which termites push fecal pellets out of galleries in infested wood.
A thorough examination of your home is the first step to determining if there is an active dry-wood termite infestation on your property. Our experienced inspectors use tapping and visual inspection methods to discern the extent and severity of the infestation. Shed wings, fecal pellets, and kick-out holes are key indicators of an active termite presence that must be considered. Following this evaluation, localized treatment with orange oil termiticide may be a viable option for controlling the infestation, in cases where fumigation is not feasible.
These fecal pellets can accumulate on horizontal surfaces below the holes. Depending on the distance between the hole and the surface, they may form neat piles or scatter over an area.
Another important indicator of an active dry wood termite problem is mud tunnels, which run along the foundation of your house or other areas of visible damage. Unlike subterranean termites, dry wood termites extract all of the moisture they need to survive from the wood in your home.
Mud tunnels are a sign that your property is infested by termites, but these tunnels are often difficult to see because they can be located behind the drywall and other materials in the walls of your house or other structures. If you do spot a mud tunnel in your home, it’s important to take action immediately and get the problem under control before it becomes much worse.
The cheapest strategy for eliminating dry wood termites is wood removal. However, this approach does not have the highest measure of efficacy and can lead to further infestations if the area is not treated or if it is not properly inspected.
Another effective and affordable treatment option is localized treatment with orange oil termiticide. This treatment is often the most cost-effective choice for controlling termites on a smaller scale, and it can be more economical than fumigation. The only downside is that localized treatment is not effective in all situations and should be paired with regular inspections and treatments as needed.