A cutting-edge tool is now being used to treat drywood termites in difficult-to-reach places without fumigation, according to an expert on pest control in Santa Clarita.
When a small hole in stucco or drywall reveals drywood termites, it can be tough to decipher the extent of the infestation behind the wall, according to Cardon Ellis of Unipest.
“You know that little kickout hole is just the tip of the iceberg,” Ellis said. “In the past, fumigation for infestations in inaccessible and invisible areas was the best and most common practice, but fumigations weren’t always possible in duplexes, in apartments, in hotels, in attached structures or even in sensitive living situations… So localized treatment became necessary.”
These difficult localized treatments required drywall and insulation be ripped out, each beam be individually tested, infested beams be treated and sprayed with preservative and new insulation and drywall be put in.
“It was brutal,” Ellis said. “All of that drywall removal is now rendered completely unnecessary because of … the XT-2000 Borascope.”
The XT-2000 Borascope is comparable to the digital scope used to locate rodents and bee hives behind drywall, but it has a much higher resolution because it is 100 percent optical, according to Ellis.
“This is actually the exact same technology that doctors use in order to peer through your stomach into your belly or into your abdominal cavity whenever they’re performing some kind of surgery,” he said. “This thing is crystal clear and it’s pretty easy to use.”
After the termite infestation is generally located through the kickout hole in the wall, Ellis explained that a stud finder can be used to mark the studs and a half-inch hole can be drilled at the wall’s base at an angle, allowing for the Borascope to be inserted.
Then the studs can be examined to figure out which ones have an infestation and which ones do not, Ellis continued.
“Having an optical Borascope is so helpful, because the digital ones were low enough resolution that it was easy to confuse cricket feces with termite pellets, or sawdust from roofing with termite pellets,” he said. “You might unnecessarily treat a wood beam. With this thing, let me tell you, it’s crystal clear and you can totally see what’s going on behind that wall.”
Once the infested studs are marked, Ellis noted that termiticide should be injected through the drywall using an extension tip on the Borascope, and the holes that were made can be sealed with spackle.
“The customer won’t even be able to tell where you did the treatment,” he concluded, “and you can walk away confident that you have exterminated all of the drywood termites in that wall.”
The Santa Clarita pest and termite control company Unipest is the premiere residential and commercial pest control company for Los Angeles County. If you’re looking for pest or termite control in Santa Clarita or surrounding areas, Unipest prides itself on being your one-stop solution, and offer orange oil treatments, bee hive removal, fumigation, escrow inspections, removal of bed bugs, organic pest control and more. Residents and business owners are encouraged to call Unipest for immediate assistance!