Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

To try to answer some of the questions that have been asked, there is visual 
evidence of termites in 3 out of 4 dormer windows (approximately 4x6" paired 
windows in each set) on the south side of the 4th floor of the structure. It is 
primarily a masonry construction. although the windows are in immediate 
proximity to the roof, and there are similar (larger) windows on the 3 floors 

As I said, this is all in the preliminary stages of response discussions.  
Hopefully we will be able to identify the infested pieces and either replace or 
treat them locally.  Given that this is a storage area that would require a 
major outlay to temporarily relocate, should tenting be off the table for 

Thank you again,


Fletcher Durant
Preservation Librarian
Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
(352) 273-2802
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Sent: Friday, September 9, 2016 12:20 PM
Subject: RE: [pestlist] Drywood Termites

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


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From: [] On 
Behalf Of Durant,Fletcher
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016 12:41 PM
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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