How do I get rid of drywood termites in my attic?

When extensive infestations of drywood termites are found, treatment should be performed by fumigation. Fumigation is done with sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane) or methyl bromide (bromo-gas) gas. When performing a fumigation, The entire building is covered tightly with a fumigation cover (tarps) and the gas is introduced.

Can termites survive in attic?

In addition to these locations, termites live in attics, crawlspaces, garages, sheds, workshops, hardwood flooring, subflooring, staircases, and solid wood kitchen cabinets.

What does termite damage look like in attic?

Bubbling and discoloration similar to water damage on your ceilings. Any areas of buckling or sagging in your ceilings. Mounds of what look like tiny wood pellets (termite fecal matter known as “frass”) in your attic and/or underneath your rafters may indicate a drywood termite infestation.

Are attics too hot for termites?

Yes, termites can survive in a hot attic. A properly vented attic will never get to or above 180F.

How long does it take for drywood termites to cause structural damage?

three to eight years
Although nobody knows for sure how long it takes for drywood termites to cause damage to structures, some pest control professionals estimate that drywood termite infestations can take as long as three to eight years to cause extensive damage in homes.

Can you hear drywood termites?

A: If tapping on the wood in your home produces a hollow-sounding tone, you may have termites. The noises termites make are faint and rarely heard. You would need a stethoscope to hear termites at work. Alternatively, if you tap the surface of the wood surrounding termite damage, a hollow sound can easily be heard.

What temperature kills drywood termites?

120 degrees Fahrenheit
Temperatures inside the wood – where the drywood termites live – must reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 35 minutes to kill the termites.

Do termites like hot attics?

Termites, like all cold blooded creatures, cannot survive within environments where temperatures fluctuate dramatically between extreme cold and extreme heat. The majority of termite species must remain within conditions as warm as 75 to 95 degrees fahrenheit in order to survive.