Do Electronic & Heat Treatments Work?

Electronic and heat treatments can be effective in controlling drywood termites, when used appropriately. Your termite expert should develop a customized treatment plan for your home, which will identify which treatment methods will be most effective for your home’s construction type, signs of activity and climate.

Heat treatment can be used to treat drywood termite infestations in a home. This treatment method works best when infestations are located in open timbers. Heat chambers also can treat drywood termite infestations in furniture effectively.

Electronic treatment can be used to effectively treat localized drywood termite infestations in walls, ceilings, flooring and furniture.

When Termite Heat Treatment Doesn’t Work
Both electronic and heat treatments for termites can control current termite infestations effectively. However, neither of these treatment approaches provides protection against future infestations. Unless you work with your pest professional to reduce moisture and entry points – and apply a protective treatment – your home will remain at risk for future termite activity.

Heat treatment is only effective when the temperature inside infested structures reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This requirement means the air temperature in your home will reach between 120 and 140 degrees. If your home or furniture cannot withstand high temperatures, this treatment approach will not be an appropriate option.

When Electronic Termite Treatment Doesn’t Work
Electronic technology is only effective on well-defined, localized areas. Your pest control expert must accurately identify the boundaries of the colony to administer the treatment correctly. Electrical and electromagnetic energy have limited reach. Your pest expert must use handheld devices accurately to control all of the termites in a colony.

Sometimes, the location of the colony may prevent effective use of electronic treatment. The colony may not be easily accessible to the termite control specialist (e.g. behind walls) or it may be located in a spot that presents safety hazards if electronic treatments are used.