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All You Need to Know on Drywood Termite Treatment

Drywood termites are often thought to be challenging to treat and in most cases, there are very little or in fact close to none available pest controllers in Singapore that would provide a solution or treatment. Home owners are often advised to discard the infested piece of wooden furniture immediately.

However, in some cases, throwing and replacing the infested furniture can become costly. Some types of furniture such as large rows of built-in cabinets may have just one small portion being chewed and damaged. This also means a major overhaul in carpentry and renovation, a hefty sum to consider. In this case, home owners are seeking solutions which can treat the affected area, and have the situation contained under control.

Pest control expertise is now combined with technology to make treating one of the most common termite species in Singapore, beside the subterranean termite possible. Now with foaming technology, treatment is available for drywood termites. 

Drywood foaming, how does it work? What can you expect in a drywood foaming treatment? Find out from our termite control specialist, a real hands-on experience on the step-by-step, a 5-steps process below.

1st step: Identify correctly all infested area and spots. Professional inspection will be carried out to identify damaged area where active termites are feeding on. Signs of termite activity include damaged and hollow-sounding wooden surfaces, and termite frass (termite droppings) which look like powdery round wooden pellets. These are seen on the floor underneath this damaged wooden cabinet as per seen in below picture.

2nd step: Sweep and vacuum away all termite frass. This is to allow the foaming treatment later on to take place more effectively as these frass may block the way the foam flows around during the treatment process.

3rd step: Small holes are then drilled into the affected area to later aid in openings for the foam treatment to be injected. Holes to be drilled are strategically identified to ensure best possible way foaming treatment would reach these crevices and nooks inside.

(Note: Rentokil pest control technicians are trained professionals; we have the right wood fillers to patch up these drilled holes, to be done at the end of this whole treatment process.)

4th step: The pump and generator are prepared. The pump, prepared with the right proportion of chemical solution mixed inside, is connected with the generator. The generator aids in supplying pressure to the spray pump.

5th step: Solution is pumped into the drilled holes using the applied pressure from the generator equipment to treat the affected area. White foam can be seen flowing down and through the infested furniture area, targeting the drywood termite colony in there.

Foaming technology applied in this manner to treat drywood termites not only allows enhanced efficacy to treat hard to reach tiny crevices within the furniture, the foam solution pumped throughout the layers of the wooden pieces leaves behind a protective layer, so that these termites would stopped feeding.

Checklist for Home Ownerswhat can they do to prepare themselves for such treatments?

To prepare everyone in advanced, a checklist can be helpful to make the whole treatment process a better and smoother one.

Here is a simple checklist you and the household to keep in mind when you engage Rentokil to do a drywood foaming treatment at your premise.

A 5-pointer friendly checklist

  • Ensure sufficient space clearing for our technician to carry out inspection and treatment, for e.g. a long safety ladder may need to be used to reach places at height.
  • Keep away in a safe place all valuables in the affected cabinets, cupboards or drawers. This can help to facilitate our technicians to work more efficiently when the area to be treated is cleared out.
  • A nearby power point with extension cable would also greatly facilitate drilling works, and later on the generator required for the foam pumping.
  • Remove all pets and plants nearby the area which is to be treated.
  • Cover up all food and kitchen utensils, drinking cups nearby before the treatment starts.

For more information on our solutions for drywood termites, do not hesitate to reach out to Rentokil Pest Control or download your easy 1-page insert for your Drywood Termite Foaming treatment today!