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Old 07-27-2016, 08:22 PM   #21
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Termites on a fiberglass boat. I "get it" that there's a lot of wood on a glass boat more that I never made the connection before. Something not exactly intuitive to look for. Cool thread!
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:42 PM   #22
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It's a death nail! If there is coring the boats' toast!
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It's a death nail! If there is coring the boats' toast!
I wouldn't go that far, but if it has wood coring, then I'd be more inclined to get it hauled and tented.
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I had termites in my boat and tried all the bombs and concentrates myself to no avail. Then I had Fumeout, Inc. from ft.Pierce tent the boat while at the slip for $800. They gave a 1 year warranty and had to come back and tent the boat again...for free. They stand behind their service. I have a 30 ft. sportfisherman with outriggers that they worked around, all while in the water! Good folks...
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I would assume that you found the "carton" (nest) in or behind the drawers. Termindor does not kill on contact but rather allows them to carry it back to wherever they are re-establishing their queen. Be prepared to clean up a lot of wings and dead ones after about a week. I believe the residual last for years. Good luck.
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Perhaps someone who knows the pest industry can chime in as my experience is limited. In the Eastern Caribbean termites are a continual problem with many boats affected. Tenting does not seem to work as well as the liquid squirted into walls and into the bilge. My understanding is that tenting kills those termites who come in contact with the fumes and thus it is possible that some survive buried deep in the wood of the boat. The liquid bait however does not kill immediately but is spread as part of their food supply. It was explained to me that termites are social animals / insects and that the poison is spread by the termites themselves.
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Perhaps someone who knows the pest industry can chime in as my experience is limited. In the Eastern Caribbean termites are a continual problem with many boats affected. Tenting does not seem to work as well as the liquid squirted into walls and into the bilge. My understanding is that tenting kills those termites who come in contact with the fumes and thus it is possible that some survive buried deep in the wood of the boat. The liquid bait however does not kill immediately but is spread as part of their food supply. It was explained to me that termites are social animals / insects and that the poison is spread by the termites themselves.
I think part of the difference in treatment and success is knowing they type of termite involved. This gives you the behavior and breeding information. Now to me a termite is a termite, but to the professionals they're all unique.
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I wouldn't go that far, but if it has wood coring, then I'd be more inclined to get it hauled and tented.
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It's a death nail! If there is coring the boats' toast!
Oh Jon don't be so gloomy! Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts.
No the boats not dying. It's actually being brought back to life.

Also there is no need to have the boat out of the water for the spraying. There is no external timber and I can close the boat up with tape down 2 sliding windows, down back of 2 doors and over 2 engine room vents.
They also do tent the boats in the water. They are doing 165' boat next week!

So it is dry wood termites and they are a little harder to get rid of then Subterranean type. But they have small colonies so don't get through as much.
Have just spoken to the company that does the island and he said that when they come up for biannual work on the Island they will do the boat as well. For nothing Very happy right now
He said it may take a couple of times but that they have done plenty and it's not an issue.
I will do this just before I leave for Europe so the boat will sit sealed for 6 days. He said the longer the better
I guess from this thread and the people I've now spoken with it is not uncommon at all in the lower areas of the US and down through the Islands.

Another way I can get rid of them is to heat the boat above a certain temperature, I think 125, and it will kill them as they can't survive above that.
So maybe I will do this as well!

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So it is dry wood termites and they are a little harder to get rid of then Subterranean type. But they have small colonies so don't get through as much.
Have just spoken to the company that does the island and he said that when they come up for biannual work on the Island they will do the boat as well. For nothing Very happy right now
He said it may take a couple of times but that they have done plenty and it's not an issue.
I will do this just before I leave for Europe so the boat will sit sealed for 6 days. He said the longer the better
I guess from this thread and the people I've now spoken with it is not uncommon at all in the lower areas of the US and down through the Islands.

That is all great news. Did he say how he intended to treat for them? And this is when you definitely tip, when he's just adding you on for free. I'm glad you're getting professional treatment.
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That is all great news. Did he say how he intended to treat for them? And this is when you definitely tip, when he's just adding you on for free. I'm glad you're getting professional treatment.
Now let's be clear BandB "I AM Not" getting professional treatment!
It's for the boat.
They are going to use Termidor. It has not been passed in the US for inside spray which is, from what I gather, due to red tape as one of the products they also use has basically the same makeup and was passed a number of years ago.
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While not being a termite specialist I would still hazard a serious guess that the insects infesting Capstan's vessel is not the "drywood or formosan termite" but rather the Caribbean Termite. These nasty critters are the ones you will find in that environment. Termidor will work fine on them but I am not sure at all what the high temperature will do. They do like some moisture and have spread to the southern reaches of Fla. They will grow wings and spread out to other areas each spring.
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Now let's be clear BandB "I AM Not" getting professional treatment!
It's for the boat.
They are going to use Termidor. It has not been passed in the US for inside spray which is, from what I gather, due to red tape as one of the products they also use has basically the same makeup and was passed a number of years ago.
Termidor has a number of different products and is widely sold in the US and used indoors by homeowners even if not approved for that use. They also have a DRY version. That allows it to be applied to wood but not be wet. Plus they can put baits out and detect whether you continue to have termites or not. Sounds like the way to go.
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