Does your home need of a termite fumigation? If so, here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself for the fumigation process.
“The most important thing in preparing for a fumigation is to figure out a time you can be gone from the home for two nights,” said Brian Jones, president of Admiral Pest Control.
The fumigant takes 8 to 10 hours to kill the termites, but the entire fumigation process normally takes two and a half days for dry wood termites, he said.
“If your house is covered on a Monday, you’re back home in your own bed Wednesday night,” Jones said.
In preparation to leave the home, people, plants, food and pets are what homeowners have to do the most work on.
“Food items must be bagged in a special bag we supply and indoor plants in the interior need to be removed. All pets need to be taken away from the home and relocated for the two-day process,” Jones said. “We do our very best to make the process as simple as possible for our customers.”
“All portions of the entire structure must be vacated to be fumigated to eliminate any danger to other occupants,” Jones said. “If the entire structure cannot be fumigated then we have to take a different approach. We offer local treatments for these types of situations.”
Unlike other treatments, like orange oil, freezing and infrared, fumigation is a whole-home process. The gas will fill the entire structure which ensures that the termites are gone.
Jones continued saying, “Orange oil and the other termite treatements that get hawked on the radio need to direct contact with the termites in order to kill them. Just think of the hundreds of nooks and crannies inside your house that are impossible to access. Fumigation, while it requires you to be out of your house for a couple days, is by far the most effective choice.
Avoiding a termite infestation can cause irreversible damage to a structure.
When homes or businesses go untreated the termites swarm within the structure starting additional colonies and increasing the amount of damage and potential cost to repair to the structure.
How can you know if you have a termite problem warranting fumigation?
“Most customers realize they might have termites by the termite fecal pellets they see piling up in parts of the home or the actual termites swarming – which can be a little scary if you have never experienced it,” Jones said.
“The fecal pelets are often found around window sills, baseboards and in the garage,” Jones said. “Another way termites are found is by the homeowner noticing termite damage in the eaves (the bottom edge of a roof) while doing regular maintenance such as painting.”
“I’ve seen it where people have come home from work and have found literally hundreds of swarming termites flying out of a wall. Both drywood or subterranean termites, both are common in California, do this.
If you know you have termites or just suspect you do, give us a call. We offer free termite inspections and have a variety of options when it comes to dealing with termites besides fumigation.