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Lena from San Diego, Ca writes,

How effective is Tempo 1% dust against dry wood termite?

I have 3 sections of termite nests in my townhouse, unfortunately my neighbor does not want to tent. How effective is tempo 1% against termites if they are located in the walls? What steps should I take to eliminate them?


The purpose of termite applications of TEMPO 1% Dust is solely to kill workers or winged reproductive forms which may be present in treated channels at the time of treatment. Tempo will not transfer from termite to termite and you must drill into the wood to apply the dust directly to the galleries with a hand duster. When treating for drywood termites you must be able to either remove the infested pieces of wood or directly treat the wood with a product such as Boracare which will penetrate into the wood from the outside (still must access the wood but you do not have to drill into the wood. Boracare can only be used on wood that has never been painted, stained or sealed) or you must drill into the wood and apply a product such as Tempo dust or even better Termidor Foam which will expand and move through the galleries and the termites will even spread the product for you through social interaction.

Answer last updated on: 04/09/2013

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