How do termites enter my home?
Drywood termites infest dry wood, undecayed wood, including redwood, dead limbs of native trees, shade and orchard trees, utility poles, posts as well as structural lumber and lumber in storage. To establish new colonies, winged reproductives will swarm to exposed wood on the exterior of nearby buildings and other structures.
What is a drywood termite swarm?
Termites go through a simple metamorphosis with egg, nymph, and adult stages. Within four to five years of the establishment of a colony, up to 87% of the adults grow wings and become male and female reproductives. These winged termites will exit the colony in a swarm. This usually occurs seasonally on sunny days during late summer and fall months.
Can termites be found in a newly completed building?
The majority of the request for inspection are in homes ten years or older. A new home with swarmers would suggest that the wood used in construction was infested or became infested during construction. A colony will swarm within four to five years of being established; if a swarm occurs sooner then five years in a new building, we know that the colony was established in the stuctural timbers prior to completion of the structure.
How do you know which wall termites come from?
Termites are blind, but they can sense light and head towards it. The location of swarmers would provide evidence of their point of origin. Termites glide toward the light, but they are wretched fliers.
How do you find all the termites and how do you know you will kill all of them?
Structural Integrated Pest Management (SIPM), like all treatments, requires a quality inspection. A quality inspection is the key to an efficient and effective treatment of XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus®. Drywood termites cannot hide from a quality inspection. Termites may be living in inaccessible areas, such as wall voids. This type of infestation is referred to as a "KIA". A "KIA" - "K" - Kalotermidae (Latin for drywood termites) is also known as Kalotermes (slang) "IA" - Inaccessible Areas. An inspector with a basic knowledge of the entomology of the species will be able to determine these possible areas of infestation. Further inspection of a "KIA" area, using methods such as a borascope during the treatment phase, will allow access and identification of any additional infestations; with the right tools no termite can stay hidden.
How can you look inside walls without opening them up?
Using a borascope, we verify the presence of drywood termites by locating their waste. We determine which areas need to be scoped due to other infestations located during the inspection. Termites have to create kickouts, a small hole through which they kick out their waste. Kickouts will occur up to 30 inches apart in an area that is infested.
Is XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® a primary treatment?
'A Primary Treatment' is when your whole structure is under warranty. There are only three 'Primary Treatments' for drywood termites: Fumigation, Heat, and XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus®. These are the only methods to have been proven in laboratory test to get a 100% kill.
Is there a difference in companies that offer 'no tent' treatment?
Any other 'no tent' treatment, such as a local treatment, would be considered " Secondary Substandard Recommendation". A "Secondary Treatment" only guarantees the treated areas, not the whole structure.
How does XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® work compared to fumigation?
We use a precise, comprehensive drill and treat method. The capillary action of XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® works in many ways like fumigation, but without the same risks! XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® moves through wood like a gas, along the path of least resistance, filling up the treated piece of wood until the termites have no place to hide. Unlike fumigation, XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® treatments are specifically targeted to the area of infestation, so you do not need to move out.
Once the termites are located, how does XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® kill termites?
With the drill and treat method, a technician will apply enough XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® to saturate the infested wood member. Once saturated the orange oil will wick through the wood, getting to all of those hard to reach areas. And once XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® comes into contact with termites, it's lights out!
How can drill and treat methods be effective if you do not apply XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® to every piece of wood in my house?
If there is no evidence of infestation, then the piece of wood is free and clear of termites. There is no need to treat every board, only the infested ones.
Once located, won't any other pesticide kill all the termites?
XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® kills termites not only on contact, but the fumes act as a neurotoxin to the termites, creating a pleasant orange fragrance that humans smell without any effect.
Do heat treatments work?
Yes, but the time and labor cost is reflected in your bill for the treatment. It takes six to eight hours to heat a piece of wood internally to 125º Fahrenheit. In addition, the pre-treatment preparation required of the homeowner is extensive and, if not completed properly, heat can be extremely damaging to property, such as plastics, electronics, and many other items.
How can spot treatments be effective if you do not apply evenly to every board?
If there is no evidence of infestation, then a board is free and clear of termites. We do not need to treat every board, merely the infested ones.
Is XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® flammable?
The government rated XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® as combustible. XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® is not as much of a fire hazard as a flammable product. Hazard Rating: combustible: 2 = Moderate
These are just a few commonly found Household products with a flash point:
RAID flying insect killer. Hazard Rating: Flammability: 4=EXTREME
FEBREEZE air freshener: Hazard Rating: Flammability: 3=HIGH
CASCADE Dishwasher Detergent: Hazard Rating: Flammability 4=EXTREME
DOVE light duty liquid dishwash detergent: Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: combustion or heat of fire may produce hazardous decomposition products and vapors.
What if the termites return?
At no additional expense under the warranty, the customer can request a service call.
How long has this treatment been around?
D-Limonene and orange oil treatment has been used for termites since 1998, on tens of thousands of homes. XTermite in San Diego perfected the methodology that had made this product and their company so successful. The method has been improved substantially through the use of quality boroscopes that enable the PCO to view inaccessible areas to locate evidence of infestation. These powerful tools, combined with the capillary effect of the product, make the use of the XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® remarkably effective.
How long is the treatment good for?
The treatment is guaranteed by the company for two years, during which you are entitles to one free annual inspection per year and free service calls should you notice any new evidence of infestation.
Where can I find more information about XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus®?
You can find more information at the official website, www.xt2000.com or click on the documents listed below which include the product Material Safety Data Sheet, and the Front Label/Back Label on the product.
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What does XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® smell like?
Oranges, plain and simple.
How long do I smell it?
Typically 4 to 5 days.
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Where do you get XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus®?
The manufacturers of XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus® distill orange rinds to extract the oil. D-limonene is the chemical name for orange oil. It's a renewable resource and is a by-product of orange juice manufacturing.