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If you’ve got termites on your property, you are probably eager to get rid of them, by any means necessary. Some of the terminology surrounding termite treatment, though, may not be easy to understand. Whether you’ve been researching professional methods of eradicating termites, or you’re considering do-it-yourself treatment, you may have come across the terms rodding and drilling. What do they mean? More importantly, how do they compare, and which one is the right treatment for your property?

To put it simply, rodding and drilling are two different methods of termite control. Termites are some of the most destructive wood destroying organisms around, causing millions of dollars in property damage each year. If they’ve infested your home or business, you’ll want to find the best termite treatment method to them as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Rodding is used in conjunction with a trench dug in the soil to deliver treatment to an infested area. Traditional termite treatment uses a six-inch trench to make sure the termite treatment gets down to where the termites live. With rodding, after the trench is dug, a rod is inserted, to make a hole every twelve inches or so that’s afoot deeper than that six-inch Termiticide is poured into the trench, it flows down into those deep rod holes, providing some additional termite protection to the property.


Drilling means exactly what you’d think it means. It involves drilling into the foundation of the building. It’s the same overall concept as rodding because it’s focused on getting the termiticide to the place where the termites live, but obviously, drilling requires more tools and more skill, because you’re drilling into the actual house or surrounding structures.

How are Rodding and Drilling Effective?

Subterranean termites live in the soil, and they get into your home or business through holes or cracks in the slab on which the building is constructed. These holes aren’t necessarily signs of damage; the termites might get in through the expansion joint between the foundation and the main slab, or around the plumbing penetrating the slab. Drilling into the slab is a good way to reach termites. Holes can also be drilled directly into infested wood, which is another way of reaching termites directly.

Some of the other ways termites can infest your home is by getting into your crawl space or burrowing into your home through the soil along the foundation. That’s why working termiticide deep into the soil is so effective. Rodding gets the insecticide deep into the soil, and then the termites carry it back to their nests, where it wipes out the colony.

Of course, one of the concerns any time you’re calling in a professional to eliminate termites from your home is the danger caused to the inhabitants, particularly pets and children. One advantage of rodding and drilling is that, unlike treatments that place insecticide on the surface of the ground, these treatments use products that go deep into the ground or the foundation. Because both rodding and drilling involve holes that are about eighteen inches deep, the chemicals used in the treatment are well out of reach of kids and animals.

What’s the Right Termite-Treatment Option for Your Property?

The best way to determine this is to call in a professional, whose expertise in termite control extends across many different types of treatments. A termite control expert will be able to inspect your property, determine the extent of the termite damage, and recommend the best course of treatment to help you create a termite-free environment.

Mighty Mite Termite Services has been serving Northern California for more than a decade, committed to helping the community one termite at a time. Our orange oil termite solutions, when used in conjunction with other treatments like drilling and rodding, are highly effective at providing termite control. What’s more, orange oil is an environmentally low-impact substance that’s less toxic to humans than other products used to treat termite infestations.

Orange oil is not the only treatment product we provide. We’re dedicated to going above the industry norm, continually finding new and better ways to protect homes and business from termites, and that dedication is what drives our success. Our knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly staff members are happy to discuss different types of treatments with you, sharing our expert knowledge to help you make an informed decision whether that means, rodding, drilling, orange oil, or some other type of termite treatment.

At MightyMite Termite Services, we can help you keep your home safe from termites, using treatments that are naturally derived and have a low impact on the environment. We diagnose and treat infestations with the most effective methods and unmatched warranties, solving your termite problems the first time, with an industry-best “no call-back rate.” That, combined with our experience, technology, and highly trained professional staff, makes us the leading extermination company in the Bay Area.