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TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

Hi all I am looking to buy a used sailing yacht Made from fiberglass, which has a reported minor termite problem in the floor plywood. and other floor areas. Reported minor and only a few areas found.

Boat was then professionally fumigated.

I have since read fumigation wont work and only kills termites which are in transit. (one inside the wood are not killed)

I have read other products such as a synthetic soft wood which termites prefer to eat so they wont eat your boat. (seems that this does not solve the problem, but simply distracts them from your boats teak!!)

Is it possible to TOTALLY eradicate these critters? My instincts says walk away from the yacht for sale, but I want to buy it, as long as there is a sure way to kill these suckers. Just do not want to waste 200k if the problem is reoccurring.
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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

For $200k there are many boats that don't come with crew. But the floors could be pulled and replaced if they still exist after fumeigating. IMO Keep shopping.gl
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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

I was told fumigation gas DOES penetrate wood to something like killing bugs living in the center of a 4x4 or 6x6. Very common in Calif. (required I believe)
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It's not uncommon to see a boat tented here, on the water no less, usually powerboats. When they tented 2 tall ships the question was asked if it would kill all the termites aboard, "Oh No, on a wood ship the best you can do is keep them from out weighing the crew".

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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

Depends on where you live. As Capttb said, your boat can be tented - like your house. A properly tenting (fumigation) will kill all the critters - but if you live in a termite area, they probably will return. Houses out (CA) here need to be fumigated every 15-20 years. And because the earth tends to move, probably 90% of houses are wood - even though they may have a nice brick/stone veneer....
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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

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For $200k there are many boats that don't come with crew. ... IMO Keep shopping.gl
Great advice, this.

Depending on the boat design, I'd always be worried about the loss of structural integrity to the out-of-sight framing members that reinforce the hull and support your cabin sole and interior cabinetry.
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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

Why not bring the boat to some place cold (Canada/Alaska) for a winter, and have it hauled. Termites will not survive the cold for a season.


How do you get termites on a boat?
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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.
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Re: TERMITES!!! can they really be eradicated?

Happens to brand new boats straight from the factory too. I saw this one a couple weeks ago.



In my entirely unqualified opinion, I would think fumigating a boat would have more of an adverse impact on someone's health based on the relatively limited venilation.

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"I would think fumigating a boat would have more of an adverse impact on someone's health based on the relatively limited venilation. "
If one assumes that you have removed the crew before you fumigate, that makes entirely no sense.

During fumigation, there is NO ventilation. Not limited ventilation, but none. After fumigation, one ventilates the boat and ensures all the gas goes away BEFORE going back onboard.

So the net effect on someone's health? Should be zero. No one should be exposed to any of the gas.

The gas is question is a GAS who leaves no residue and will be fully removed by positive ventilation after it has been used.

Unlike hanging up a "NoPest" strip that disperses toxins into the air 24x7.
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