Termite Tenting And Fumigation – Is It Harmful? How Does It Work?
Do you live in San Diego and suspect that you might have termites? If you do, it’s best to call for San Diego termite inspection right away, because the sooner you get get rid of them, the less are the associated costs for damage repair. When treating your home against this unwanted pest, it is important that you select the right method of treatment.
A popular way of termite treatment in San Diego homes or office buildings is termite tenting and fumigation. If your termite inspector suggests this way of treatment, you will have to pack up all your food, clothing and other items that could be harmed by gas in air-tight plastic bags, which your termite control company will usually provide, and move out for 2 or 3 days. The company will then erect a colorful, loose-fitting tent around your house to constrain the toxic gas that will be discharged inside your house to kill any termite colonies and other bugs and insects that are living behind your walls. As the gas will be distributed by fans, it reaches every part of your structure. The house has to be tented to contain the gas in and around the wooden structure and to stop it from spreading, because it is harmful to humans and pets as well.
The tent will be taken down on the next day and the company will start with the clean-up. Now the fans will be used to expel the gas from your house, while sensitive measurement devices will monitor the amount of remaining gas. Usually, it is safe for you to return on the third day.
Some people are concerned that the gas will leave toxic or harmful residue, but this is not the case. To keep termites out of your home after the treatment, it is best to have a termite inspection on an annual basis, because they may swarm in your neighborhood and come back anytime.
Many San Diego homeowners these days prefer natural ways of treatments like the eco-friendly orange oil to conventional termite tenting, because they believe that fumigation is just too dangerous for human health. However, many pest control experts still think that fumigation is the only reliable way to kill all of the colonies in your home. The decision, which kind of treatment you prefer is obviously yours, but be aware that there are ecological alternatives of eliminating termites these days, although not all work as fast and complete as termite tenting.
In case you can’t decide whether you should select termite tenting or a non-toxic way such as using orange oil, (which only works for drywood termites), you would be best advised to call termite inspection companies for their professional opinion and suggested methods of treatment for your San Diego property.