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.
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
Subject: [pestlist] Drywood Termites
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.
University of Florida