Drywood Termite Treatment Guide
Learn How To Get Rid of Drywood Termites
Print Article By DoMyOwn staff
Drywood Termite Treatment Options
If you find you have a unique situation which we do not address in this guide, please give our professional pest experts a call for recommendations.
We highly recommend that you contact and use a reputable pest control company that specializes in drywood termite treatments if you have a widespread infestation. Widespread infestations can be very hard to treat and you may actually need to have your home tented and fumigated if this is the case. Most professional companies will give you a free or low cost inspection if you need help determining your level of infestation.
Boracare Borate Wood Treatment
- 5 gallon bucket
- Paint stirrer
- Hand pump sprayer or paint brush or foaming device
- Foaming solution (optional, only needed if foaming Boracare)
Prepare the wood:Boracare can only be used on wood that is not painted, stained or sealed. You can also use Boracare on wood that has had the finish sanded off. The benefit of using Boracare over other products is that it will penetrate into the wood to eliminate current infestations and it will protect the wood for the life of the wood (when the product label is followed).
Mix Boracare:For wood that has a current infestation of drywood termites it is important that you use Boracare at a 1 part Boracare to 1 part water ratio. Boracare should always be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket rather than directly in a hand pump sprayer as it will clog the sprayer. It is highly recommended that you use hot water to mix with Boracare as the product is very thick and viscous and can be hard to mix.
Apply Boracare to wood:Boracare can be sprayed on, painted on or foamed into wall voids and you should choose the method that best fit your needs. Most Boracare applications require you to apply two coats of Boracare for best results.
***Be sure to review and follow the product label for full instructions and best results.***
Products needed for Product Choice 1
Drill and Fill Method
- 1/8" - 1/4" drill bit
- Drywood termite insecticide such FUSE foam, Termidor foam, Premise foam, or Jecta
Step 1: Drill holes in woodDrill holes every 8" - 10" in infested wood pieces. You will know when you have hit the drywood termite gallery (nesting area) because you will feel less resistance while drilling.
Step 2: Fill holes with productFill the drilled holes with the product you chose using the product label to guide you on how much product to use per hole.
Step 3: Close holesClose or repair holes in wood using wood patch or other appropriate material
***Always be sure to read and follow the product label of the product you choose for complete instructions***
Products needed for Product Choice 2
312 of 318 people found this article informative and helpful.