Hi Fletcher,

We dealt with a similar problem earlier this year in Sarasota. In our case it 
was a historic doorframe (not original to the building) installed around one of 
our gallery doorways. Because tenting the entire museum wasn’t feasible, we 
deinstalled the doorframe, placed it in a truck and tented the truck. We found 
the termites preferentially attacked only that object; it’s been several months 
and we’ve seen no signs of termite activity in any other objects in that 

We worked closely with our local pest control company, they deal with dry wood 
termites all the time and were very knowledgeable. I highly recommend finding a 
local company to discuss treatment options with. I know there are some topical 
treatments available, but to my knowledge none are as efficient or long lasting 
as a vikane treatment.

If the infested pieces of wood are not structural or historic and can be easily 
replaced that will probably be your best bet. If you have any questions about 
how we treated our pieces I’d be happy to discuss it further with you.


Megan Salazar-Walsh
Assistant Conservator
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art


(941) 359-5700 ext. 1603

5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

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From: pestlist-ow...@museumpests.net [mailto:pestlist-ow...@museumpests.net] On 
Behalf Of Durant,Fletcher
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016 12:41 PM
To: pestlist@museumpests.net
Subject: [pestlist] Drywood Termites

​Dear Pestlist,

I am seeking advice on the treatment of drywood termites in the structure of 
one of our historic library structures here at UF.  We are aware that there are 
termites in the window frames in one of our archival storage rooms. The entire 
building holds special collections library and archival materials, reading 
rooms, exhibition spaces, and other public areas.

We are investigating the extent of the infestation, as well as the approach 
that our campus facilities group recommends. We know that on other campus 
buildings, the approach is to tent and treat, but moving our collections is not 
feasible, so any treatment must be done with collections in situ. As both 
termites and (possible) building-wide treatment are new issues in my career, I 
am interested in any guidance or resources that you can share.

Many thanks,


Fletcher Durant
Preservation Librarian
Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
(352) 273-2802

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