Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites enter a structure from the air, 
not from the soil. So far, you say that you have found them in one relatively 
small area.  Because drywood termite colonies are usually much smaller  and may 
be restricted to individual pieces of wood, they can often be eliminated by 
replacing the infested pieces of wood. Tenting and fumigation may well be 
unnecessary. But inspect the area around the infested location very carefully 
before proceeding.

From: pestlist-ow...@museumpests.net [mailto:pestlist-ow...@museumpests.net] On 
Behalf Of Durant,Fletcher
Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2016 11:41 AM
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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