TERMITES — detachment of the primitive social herbivorous insects, related to cockroaches. The individuals of these pests called “white ants”. This name is associated with the color of work termites, which is often bright.
The largest colonies of termites live in tropical and subtropical regions, less in warm region areas of temperate climate.
The main food for termites is cellulose contained in the wood, the grass and the leaves of the trees. So they can cause significant economic damage based on various studies of several billion dollars per year by damaging wooden structures and woody species.
What is fumigation process?
Termite tenting process is very simple. Pest exterminators seal the house under the tent and make it full of gas using different bombs and foggers. Fumigation is done with special chemicals which do not have smell and color.
Basically, as far as fumigation is not an easy process and it may cost a lot, this method is recommended and used for houses with high infestations when implementing usual termite treatment seems ineffective or impossible.
If you are not sure which method you should choose for your house, you can always ask for a professional advice of your local pest company.
Termite fumigation process consists of several stages:
- The house is coveredwith one piece of big tent.
- The bottom part of the tent is fixed to the ground, all corners, edges and joining parts are closed with special pins.
- All windows and doors stay unlockedin the house during the whole fumigation process.
- Exterminators usually use phosphenefor fumigation, sometimes other gases.
- The pressure under tent is kept for one-two days, as full airproof conditions are impossible.
- Tent is taken off and the house must be aerated.
How to prepare for fumigation process?
You should find a place where you, your family and pets can stay during fumigation process. Of course, people, animals and plants are not allowed during fumigation process.
This is also about products that you keep in the fridge. Glass, plastic and metal bottles which are originally sealed do not have to be packed. Hygiene items should be also double-bagged. All furniture, interior doors, cases, boxes, etc. must be opened.
Exterior doors and windows must be unlocked; you should also provide your exterminator with the keys to make him able to perform fumigation process at a highest level. Call your gas company and ask it to switch off the gas (of course, if you use it). All the interior and exterior lights, ovens, washers, dryers, heaters or any other electric appliances must be switched off. Take off all the antennas, wires and satellite antennas outside of the house. Plants and trees around the house (at least 12 inches back from the exterior of your house) should be removed for a place for tent. In order to protect the roots of your shrubs water plants and trees around the perimeter of the house. Water should reach the depth of six inches as that will be enough to prevent fumigants’ leakage out of the tent. Rake decorative rocks and wooden mound.
Inform your neighbors about your fumigation plans and warn them to keep dogs and cats away from your house during the process.