Tenting your Home for Termites
If your home has—*gasp*—become the target of a drywood termite infestation, one proven way to completely eradicate the wood eating insects is through a process called tenting. No, it’s not where you invite them to camp with you in the backyard—it’s where your entire house is enclosed in a giant tent. Once the tent has been set up, a gas is released inside the house which kills the termites, even the ones deep inside pieces of wood. After a period of time has passed, typically one or two days, the tent is removed and the house vented to get rid of the gas resulting in no residue left behind. Because the gas is toxic, the people who live in the home, and their pets, must vacate the premises for at least 72 hours. They should also be aware that tenting can only be done in good weather, thus, there can be delays. If you are in need of Orlando termite control, call the experts at Apex Pest Control. We can help you prepare for tenting, and then get rid of your problem for you. Below are some tips on how to prepare your home for termite tenting:
Seal or dispose of food for both pets and people—do the same for tobacco and medicines—this includes food in the fridge or freezer. Alternatively you can take such things with you when you leave the house.
Seal dry goods such as cereal, rice, flour, chips, etc.—they need to be double bagged and made air tight because the original bag or cardboard boxes aren’t sufficient for keeping out the fumigant.
Remove plastic seals on beds or other furniture to make sure the fumigant can penetrate them. Otherwise, remove them from the house altogether.
Take all your plants with you when you leave the house to avoid damage from the fumigant.
Check your shrubbery—the tent will need to be between the house and the plants—if there isn’t room, the shrubbery will need to be trimmed.
If you have a gas furnace, stove or water heater, then arrange to have the gas turned off the day before fumigation is to start.
Thoroughly soak the ground with water around the perimeter of your house the day before fumigation is to start—it will help protect plants and will keep the fumigant from leaking out at the base of the tent.
Having your house tented may look like you’re being invaded by secret agents looking for ET, but in reality, other than having to live elsewhere for a few days, the process is relatively stress free. For more information about termite control in Orlando, or to have your home inspected or tented, call the experts at Apex Pet Control—we take extra care to make the process as easy as possible for you and your family.