Termite Tenting: Preparation
If you have an especially large termite infestation, your pest control company may suggest a fumigation or termite tenting for your home. The pest control company will enclose the structure in a “tent” of vinyl-coated nylon tarpaulins and then they will release gaseous pesticides—or fumigants into the home or structure.
As with any procedure that involves pesticides, fumigation is often considered dangerous, unnecessary, and expensive. The truth is that if your home has a bad termite problem, this may be the best option for you. By fumigating the structure with fumigants, it’s a way to kill off any termites that are residing inside your home.
What happens when you choose fumigation for your house?
Fumigation generally involves the following phases: First the area intended to be fumigated is usually covered to create a sealed environment; next the fumigant is released into the space to be fumigated; then, the space is held for a set period while the fumigant gas percolates through the space and acts on and kills any infestation in the product, next the space is ventilated so that the gaseous pesticides are allowed to escape from the space, and render it safe for humans to enter. If successful, the fumigated area is now safe and pest free.
Day 1 – (Up)
- On occupied properties, the gas company will arrive between 7-11am on the morning of the fumigation to turn off the gas. The gas company will place a tag on the gas meter to signify the gas line has been plugged. DO NOT REMOVE THIS TAG!! Please prepare to be without gas by 7 am to avoid any inconvenience with hot water or cooking.
- The Termite Guy’s fumigation crew covers the entire structure with large tarps. The tarps are secured with long “sand snakes and water bags” placed along the foundation of the structure and related attachments.
- Our licensed fumigator prepares the interior by ensuring the removal of food, feed, drugs, plants, people and pets.
- The structure is secured with secondary locks on all entryways and warning signs are posted at specific locations.
- Once the exterior has been properly sealed and the interior prepared, the warning agent is applied and the proper dosage of Sulfuryl Fluoride Gas Fumigant is introduced into the structure. The fumigant is contained in the structure for a predetermined amount of time, penetrating deep into wood to eliminate Drywood Termites.
Day 2 – (Aeration)
- Arrive to structure to make sure tarps are still in place.
- Plug in fan placed inside of structure connected to exhaust tube to begin the aeration process.
Day 3 – (Down/Re-Entry)
- Once the proper amount of aeration time has elapsed, The Termite Guy’s crew will remove the tarps from the structure.
- Once the tarps are removed from the structure, one of our licensed fumigators takes air samples from the interior living spaces with equipment specifically designed to detect the presence of Sulfuryl Fluoride Gas Fumigant.
- Once it is determined that it safe to return to the structure, the licensed fumigator will place a Re-Entry Notice on the front door. This notice will indicate the date and time that it was certified safe to re-enter.
- The secondary locks and warning signs are removed to complete the fumigation.