Drywood Termites

Drywood Termite Treatment Guide

Learn How To Get Rid of Drywood Termites

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Drywood Termite Treatment Options

If you find an active drywood termite infestation in your house or structure you will have a few of options for drywood termite control. If the infestation is localized to one or two pieces of easily accessible wood you can remove and replace the infested pieces which will effectively get rid of the infestation. If the wood cannot be removed or it is not desirable to remove the wood you can treat with a borate product called Boracare that will penetrate the wood to reach the termites inside. Boracare is a great choice for wood that has not been stained, painted or pressure treated. If you have wood that is infested that has been painted, stained or otherwise finished you can choose to drill into the infested wood and direct treat the termite gallery with a product that is labeled for drywood termites.

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.

Product Choice 1

Boracare Borate Wood Treatment

Boracare is a concentrated borate based product with a glycol (alcohol) base. The glycol helps the product penetrate up to 4 inches into the wood. Once inside the wood, drywood termites will consume the product which will work as a stop feed and cause them to die.

Tools needed:

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Paint stirrer
  • Hand pump sprayer or paint brush or foaming device

Product needed:

  • Boracare
  • 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.***

Product Choice 2

Drill and Fill Method

If the wood that is infested is painted or otherwise finished and removing the finish is not possible or desirable, you can choose the drill and fill method.

Tools needed:

  • drill
  • 1/8" - 1/4" drill bit

Product needed:

  • Drywood termite insecticide such FUSE foam, Termidor foam, Premise foam, or Jecta

Step 1: Drill holes in wood

Drill 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 product

Fill 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 holes

Close 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***

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