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How Does Fumigation Work?

Termite tenting is a complicated and dangerous process. You start by removing all people, food, plants, drugs, and pets. A licensed fumigator opens your premise doors and drawers to optimize gas effectiveness.

Lock entryway doors and fix warning posts. You’ll then need to seal off the structure. Close all exits and entrances or enclose them with a special nylon tent. Fumigant gas is then pumped into the house.

The process can last approximately six hours to one week. Are you aware that you have to wait before entering again? This will depend on your house size, weather, and type of infestation.

Airing the house is the next step. The fumigator will open the seals and activates a ventilation system. Test air sample will be done to determine air safety for re-entry. If the air is safe, the control professional permit you into the house.

Did you know termites can survive the lethal dose fumigant? Always involve a licensed professional to perform the exercise. 

Fumigating and Tenting for Drywood Termites

Drywood termites, unlike subterranean termites, live inside the wood. This makes soil treatment fruitless. Apply structural fumigation for widespread, severe, difficult to locate, or dry wood termite infestations. 

Your professionals will place tents or tarps over a structure over which the fumigant is released. The fumigant circulates throughout the premises. It’ll reach crevices and cracks inside and between wood where termites can thrive and tunnel.

Termites breathe fumigant depleting them oxygen. It’ll affect their nervous system and cause death. After confirmation of enough fumigant exposure, a pest control expert will remove the tent.

After removing the tarp, it’ll take about six hours for a fumigant to aerate from the house. The process will take approximately 24 to 72 hours depending on house type.

The experts use a sensitive fumigant clearance apparatus to test every room. They’ll confirm the fumigant has aerated and occupants can reoccupy the premise. Termite fumigants don’t leave permanent residues.

Is Termite Fumigation Efficient?

Termite tenting is a fruitful treatment method, but it's not a prevention technique. The process controls active drywood termite colonies but doesn’t offer protection to future colonies.

Preventing drywood termite is difficult than infestation from subterranean termite. There are more entry points for drywood termites. Seal off cracks and carry out regular upkeep on exposed wood. It’ll reduce the likelihood of infestation.

Involve a proactive program that incorporates regular maintenance and direct wood treatment. It'll ensure there's comprehensive protection.

Is Fumigation and Termite Tenting Safe?

The professionals conduct a complex process utilizing restricted-use pesticides. The experts must have passed certification tests and gone through extensive training.

A certified termite expert will enhance safety by using the following equipment;

  • Fumiscope: It measures fumigant gas concentrations during the treatment process.
  • Leak detectors: Monitors gases that may flee the treatment area.
  • Clearance device: Checks low concentrations before people and pets re-enter the premises. The recommended rate of concentration is one part per million or less.


The hazardous operation demands that the operator holds an official certification. Post operation area ventilation is an important safety aspect. It’s vital to distinguish between the source or pack of fumigant gas and the environment which is fumigated.

After fumigation, don’t rush in. The place is only safe after ventilation.

Cost of Tenting

This varies depending on the home size and price differences in various pest control firms. Always consider getting separating quotes from termite companies. Fumigation processes are greatly effective, and costs can be high. On average you can pay between $1000 and $4000.

Post Fumigation

When do you occupy your recently fumigated house? It’s critical you know the safe time to occupy the house after fumigation. After aerating the house and dismantling fumigation, they'll apply a clearance device. It’ll test the level of fumigant dissipation.

Clearance devices are electronic gadgets with calibrations that determine toxicity dissipation fumigant levels. A fumigated premise is only safe after certification from a pest control technician.

The majority of homeowners don't know how to prepare for the process. Following are the items to remove before fumigating your house. A preparation list is provided and must be followed exactly and supersedes any of the following instructions as they may change.

  • Food – Use special nylon polymer bags to bag food which is open or has an open seal. If you have items that need moving, store them in a different premise when the exercise is ongoing. Don’t bag foods in glass jars and cans.
  • Pet Food – It’s handled the same way as human food. If it doesn’t have a seal, double bag it in nylon polymer bags. If sealed by the producer, it should remain like that.
  • Alcohol – You’ll have to handle it like other liquids. Those with manufacturers’ seal will remain unbagged. For those with broken seals, double bag them. Store your corked wine bottles in a horizontal position or keep them bagged.
  • Tobacco – Treat it similarly to food products before tenting. Bag anything that’s not sealed by the producer.
  • Pets – Remove your pets from the premise before fumigation. If you have goldfish, lizard, hamster, etc. take them away from home before the process.
  • House Plants – Get rid plants in your home until the fumigation is complete.

Wrapping Up

A termite tenting involves some preparation on the homeowner's part. Inadequate preparation can put your family and pets at health risk so it is forbidden.

We will educate you about the process and get you prepared before the fumigation process. Are you looking for pest control services? Contact us for a free inspection and other pest eradication tips.

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