How do I treat the wall next to my concrete patio?
My concrete patio butts up next to my home. We have a crawl space, so do I treat in the crawl area only or what?? The termites have come up into the house on the patios cold joint.
Bora-Care is a great product to treat your crawl space with, however if these are live subterranean termites then Bora-Care may not be the best option. Termidor can be used inside the house as a spot treatment and in the ground. Termidor and Bora-Care are for two different treatments. Termidor is meant for the soil, but can be used on wood as a spot treatment. The main benefit of Termidor is that the termites will take it back to the colony under the ground and kill the colony at the source. Bora-Care is a wood treatment product only, but it will not take care of the termite colony below the soil; it will only kill the termites that are in the wood. So, you treat with Bora-Care later down the road in your crawl space since that wood is exposed and easy to get to, but you would want to wait until after you have treated this termite colony with Termidor, since Termidor will kill the termites at the source. You should follow the instructions in our How To Do A Termite Treatment article paying close attention to the section about drilling holes, which is what is required on a patio. You can also inject Termidor into the wall void by drilling a hole from the inside where you think they are. You just have to touch a few termites with the Termidor for it to work. Termidor can take up to 90 days to kill the entire colony depending on the colonies size.
Answer last updated on: 04/07/2011