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Localized spot treatments using chemical pesticides�serve as a remedial termite control method, but unlike tent fumigation it offers no guarantee for drywood termite elimination.� This is because spot treatments can only be applied to accessible areas where drywood termite activity has been detected.� Therefore, spot treatments only affect the termites in the immediate area that is treated.

The primary benefits of spot treatments for termite control are cost and convenience.� Spot treatments are significantly less expensive than whole structure fumigation and don't require you to vacate the structure.� The down side of spot treatments is that is significantly less reliable in achieving total eradication.�

The success of spot treatments is�heavily dependent on the technician's ability to locate all activity.� This can be difficult to determine in areas that are inaccessible, such as behind walls.� However, this method is often ideal if it is determined that the termite activity is isolated or confined to a specific detectable and accessible area.


Borates are derived from minerals and act as a stomach poison for target pests.� Lumber is often pre-treated with borates�prior to or during construction as a preventive measure against termite and fungus infestation.�

For existing structures, borates can be effective in eliminating small infestations of termites but it is typically considered a�remedial treatment and/or preventive treatment.��Borates can only be applied to bare/unfinished wood and because�borates are water-soluble they cannot be applied to exterior wood unless a finish or sealant is applied thereafter.�

Borates are usually applied by brushing or painting directly on the wood, spraying or fogging or by drilling into the wood and pressure injecting.� Successful eradication of existing drywood termite infestations is dependent on the technicians locating each piece of wood that is infested.


These types of products contain high citric�acid content, which can be fatal to termites that feed on it.��The�product�does not leave an unpleasant odor behind and this treatment approach does not require displacement of the household occupants.�

However, total eradication of drywood termites cannot be guaranteed unless this product is delivered to all�infested wood�throughout the entire structure.��If the entire structure is not properly treated�or the product is not delivered to all wood members where termites exist, the existing termites will�be affected only if they consume one of the treated pieces of lumber within 96 hours of the initial application because�the product biodegrades within 4 days.

This approach is fairly new within the pest control industry.� It is considered an alternative measure for drywood termite control but has not been established as a method that guarantees 100% eradication or a method that provides prevention.


Freezing with liquid nitrogen (such as the Blizzard System and others) is different from other spot treatment methods.� This type of treatment is considered a localized treatment and requires that holes be drilled into the structure in order to deliver the product.� Because the mode of action for this type of treatment is thermal, success is highly dependent on dosage and detection accuracy is critical.� All undetected or inaccessible infestations will go unaffected by this treatment method.

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