Termites can infest areas of a house that are inaccessible to humans. Oftentimes an exterminator is unable to reach the wood that needs to be treated without doing serious damage to the home. Bait is another form of control, but this is not always successful. Tenting for termites is an extremely effective way to kill all the termites in a home. This process is generally used for drywood termites. Drywood termites don’t need to be connected to moist soil, and usually build their colonies in the home. This means the whole infestation is targeted during tenting fumigation. Termite tenting cost depends on the cubic feet of the structure.
A professional fumigation company must perform tenting fumigations. The fumigants used in tenting are extremely toxic. These gases kill all living things in the house, including spiders, rodents, and plants. One of the great benefits of tenting for termites is that the gas can seep into all areas of the home, effectively killing termites nesting in inaccessible areas.
The fumigation company should provide the homeowner with a list of items to be removed from the home. This includes plants, food, medication, pets, pillows, and any furniture that could store fumigant in the upholstery. Workers will open all windows, doors, and cupboards to allow permeation of the gas. The tent is made of non-permeable material pieced together. This is placed over the home and weighted down. Once the house is deemed clear of people and pets, gas is pumped under the tent and into the home. Fans placed inside circulate the fumigant throughout the house. The gas is allowed to sit anywhere from a few hours to a week. While tenting for termites, nobody is allowed near or inside the house. Once the treatment is complete, the tent is removed, and workers measure the concentration of gas throughout the home. Residue from the fumigant may stink, but it is harmless. While tenting for termites effectively kills all termites in the home, it will not prevent future infestations. Pest control companies can place barriers around the home to prevent another infestation.