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Alternative Options

Local Drill and TreatLocal Drill & Treat

This method involves drilling pin holes into Drywood Termite galleries and injecting termiticides into these galleries. Wood injection or “drill-and-treat” applications have been used since the 1920s to treat drywood termite infestations, which are accessible and detectable. An insecticide is injected into small holes drilled through any wood surface into termite galleries delivering the treatment directly to the pest population. Proven Termite Solutions offers this treatment for Drywood Termites in limited cases.

Microwave Systems

This treatment uses microwave energy from a portable unit to increase the temperature of infested wood to a level that is lethal to termites. This treatment is normally used in conjunction with termiticides. Proven Termite Solutions offers this treatment for Drywood Termites in limited cases.

orange_oilOrange Oil

Orange Oil is another low toxicity product that when applied into the galleries of infested wood, will kill termites on contact. When a termite infestation becomes obvious and all of the infested wood members are identified, Orange Oil is one of many wood injected termiticides that kills on contact. However, unless every single wood member within an entire structure is treated, no product can guarantee that you won’t get termites.

All alternative methods and termiticides are high tech and specifically designed. However, they are not 100% guaranteed. The construction of the structure is key in determining what method(s) to use. The key to successful localized treatments is having an effective combination of localized alternative termite tools and the experience and inspecting ability to implement it. Therefore, Orange Oil, just like the Electro-Gun, Microwave, Heat, Timbor, Foam and Fumigation when used properly can kill termites and protect your home.

 

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Fumigation vs. Local Treatment

It is next to impossible to locate every Drywood Termite colony in a structure. Wood frame construction in modern structures contains many voids that cannot be inspected for Drywood Termites. This is an important factor in why fumigation remains the leading treatment for Drywood Termites.

Furthermore, even if all infestations are located, penetrating wood with conventional treatments is difficult and often damage cosmetic portions of the structure.

Alternative Drywood Termite treatments have been introduced to the pest control industry in recent years. While new technologies are exciting in termite elimination, the same local treatment issues exist with these methods.

There are many sources of information regarding fumigation vs. local treatments. Below are links to some of these sites. Included are the long awaited efficacy results for treating Drywood Termites from UC Berkeley.

1) Vikane® Gas Fumigant – Dow AgroSciences Official Website
2) Pest Control Operators of California Villa Termiti Study

Heat and Electricity

Tenting a structure and injecting hot air or emitting electricity into studs are other technologies that are available to consumers today for Drywood termite treatments. These treatments are local treatment methods normally used in conjunction with termiticides.