A drywood termite infestation can be devastating to your home. Once these wood-eating pests get into your home, a colony can number in the tens of thousands before you know it. Some colonies can even reach the hundreds of thousands, if left untreated.
And thus, lies the question … how do you treat an infestation of these critters? After all, once you know your house has them as “guests,” it’s important to get rid of them as quickly as possible, before they cause too much damage. While termites typically eat rather slowly, even in large numbers, the cost of damage to your home can be devastating if the situation gets bad enough. To prevent this from happening, let’s take a look at a few treatment options for a drywood termite infestation.
Treatment #1: Fumigation
This is a bit of a no-brainer. One way to get rid of many types of insects is by the use of deadly poisons. Drywood termites, which reside in your home’s wood rather than the ground beneath your home, can often be susceptible to such treatment. Why is fumigation sometimes recommended for drywood termites? For one thing, your home may have more than one colony inside it. By fumigating your entire home, you’ll be sure to get rid of all colonies at once, instead of attacking them one by one.
Treatment #2: Extreme Heat
If you’d prefer not to attempt fumigation, you might want to try a heating application. This is similar to how some pest control companies deal with bed bugs. Drywood termites can’t deal with the heat very well. Once temperatures pass around 140 degrees, the heat will begin to kill them. Like fumigation, this is something you’ll need to do while you’re not at home, since it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to bear the extreme heat. With this treatment, keep in mind that it isn’t typically a “whole house” kind of thing. Instead, areas such as bedrooms and attics will be concentrated on.
Treatment #3: Extreme cold
On the other side of the spectrum, you have the use of extreme cold. This is typically used in a smaller area — colony by colony — and focuses on hard to reach places where termites are likely to reside. These areas include all the little cracks and crevices where they might have taken up residence. With this technique, liquid nitrogen is utilized to cool these smaller areas of your home. In most cases, the temperature is brought down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Since a termite infestation strives on moderate temperatures, lowering the temperature to such an extreme will quickly reduce the number of these house-destroying pests by first freezing the imposing creatures and then swiftly killing them.
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