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How Do You Prepare Your House for Termite


If you find yourself in the situation of needing fast termite elimination, tent fumigation that is performed by trained, licensed, and experienced exterminators, is your best option. Homes that have been affected by a bad termite problem will require a specialist’s help. You want to make sure that the termites are eradicated as quickly as possible to avoid irreversible damage to your house.

When deciding on which method of termite elimination to choose for your home, it is important to first become familiar with all the methods that are
available. And if you decide on having your house tented for termites, spend some time to understand what the tenting procedure is and why it is
considered the most effective treatment option for dealing with termite infestations. Get familiar with the material used – the large tarp or polyethylene cover – that will encase your house. Additionally, read some information online to understand the chemicals and gas that will be used for tenting your home.

What Is Tent Fumigation?

Termite fumigation is a very old method that has been used for the removal and control of termites, particularly drywood termites. It is the most effective method to deal with termites as it guarantees that both termites and their eggs are killed.

Fumigation, sometimes called “tenting”, is a procedure that involves secure covering and sealing of your house structure with a large canvas tarp (or a
tent). This allows for a fumigant to penetrate the wood timbers, and thus, killing off any termites residing inside your house.

Tent fumigation requires a fair amount of preparation to be done in advance, to ensure your safety, and the safety of your family and pets. You are
responsible to get your home ready for fumigation.

So, let’s talk about how you can prepare your house for termite fumigation.

The first thing that’s necessary is that all humans and animals must leave the home. As the fumigation process takes a couple of days, you and your family will need to make suitable accommodation plans for the entire duration of the fumigation.

It’s essential to take out all plants indoors and those on the patio or terrace. The plants growing close to the house exterior should be pruned back to allow the exterminator clear access to the property. This also means trimming any shrubs and tree branches, and cutting back the mulch or gravel at least one foot from the house foundation.

Then, you should unwrap all furniture, mattresses, plastic-covered seats, and upholstery Also, unlock and open all cabinets, drawers, closets, as well as doors between all rooms including the attic. Leaving all shutters and blinds open is recommended.

On the day of the fumigation, a supervisor will be there to walk the property with you, collect payment, your signed paperwork and a spare key.

Once the preparation work has been completed, the fumigation process can begin.

After the fumigation has finished, the termite treatment exterminators are going to remove the tent as planned on the specified day. They will check the quality of indoor air before you are allowed to return to your home. Make sure to open all the windows and doors to let the fresh air inside so that the chemicals can evaporate.

You need to know what is expected of you in the fumigation process. When in doubt, check with your pest control company and ask how you can best
prepare for the termite treatment. They may also have additional requests or suggestions before the tenting.

Finally, make sure that you are hiring a reputable termite fumigation expert, such as Chem Free Exterminating. Contact us to learn more about our tenting process and schedule a free consultation.