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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?
biggles, any bug can be killed. You'll find state entymologists and university coop web pages online or on the phone, that will tell you which pesticides and treatments kill what bugs, and how they have to be applied. Sometimes you need to apply once every 30 days for three months. Sometimes it is a persistant kill that lasts a year. Termites do come out of the wood, so penetration may not be necessary.
Why ask a batch of sailors when entymologists are so easy to find? And so many pesticide companies will give you a guarantee on their work and come back free if you need a retreatment?
I'd be more concerned about living with the least toxic insecticide. Since boats can be made airtight, "tenting" and filling with poison gas or CO2 may work very nicely. But if you're in a termite area, even if you get rid of them, they're going to find you again. Like roaches. So you'll need to take steps to keep killing whoever comes back for a visit.