No one wants to hear that they have a termite infestation. But when tent fumigation is recommended by your trusted pest control pro, you may feel like that seems extreme. In reality, tent fumigation is a great way to rid all the hard to reach areas of termites while leaving no harmful chemicals behind. But you will need to leave your home for about three days for the entire process to be complete and for the home to be safe for your return. There are a few important things for you to prep before fumigation can begin.
What is tent fumigation?
Tent fumigation sounds like it is only used in extreme cases but that is not always true. Fumigation is needed when pests, particularly structural damaging pests like drywood termites, have either severely infested a structure or nests are simply difficult to locate or are out of reach. When your home is fumigated, the entire house is covered with tarps to contain a lethal gas that gets into every nook and cranny of your home, eliminating infestations without having to identify a specific location.
Prepping your home for fumigation
Before you exit your home so the pros can begin the fumigation process, you will be thoroughly informed of everything you need to prepare or be aware of when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. To give you a heads up of what to expect, a few tips are:
- Prepare a place to stay while your home is being fumigated. Typically, the entire process will take about three days, so finding a place for you and your family to stay is important.
- Remove anything living from the home. Make arrangements for all pets, including the goldfish. It is possible that some plants will survive the fumigation. But if at all possible, move your plants outside during this process
- Law requires all food and medications to be put in special bags or removed from the premises.
When is it safe to return home?
The air in your home will be tested before you will be allowed to return home after the tent fumigation is completed and there has been ample time for the gas to air out. Surprisingly, the gas used in fumigation can not stick to surfaces so once the gas clears out, there should be no residue left in your home.
Having your home fumigated is certainly inconvenient but the benefits of eradicating all termites in the home far outweigh being misplaced for a few nights. You will be sure to have a termite-free home when you return. If you are in La Jolla, CA, give the experienced team at Nixtermite a call to set up a termite inspection today.