Do you find your home invaded by termites? A good way to get rid of these pests is by termite tenting. Not sure what that is? It’s a process where a structure is covered entirely by a sealed, nylon tent. Afterwards, the tent is filled with poisonous gas to get rid of drywood termites. It may be a bit costly and will last up to two days or so, but there’s no denying its effectiveness.
How to Prepare for It
The very first step of the tenting process involves getting your pets and houseplants to a safe location. You can even carry them around with you for the duration of the process! What’s important is that you keep them safe.
You’ll also want to seal away consumables like food and medicine in special plastic bags. Alternatively, you could carry them around with you. If you choose to do the former, ask your exterminator or fumigator if they can provide you with these special bags or at least refer you to a store that sells them.
Obviously, you won’t be able to stay in the house either. So, you might want to plan ahead as to where you’ll be staying for the next few days. You might want to stay with a relative or friend, book a hotel room, or maybe even take a mini-vacation.
In order for the massive tent to completely surround your house, you’ll also need to clear out any obstructions. Shrubs and foliage in the affected area may need to be uprooted. If your fence is in the way, you may need to temporarily remove some of the affected portions. But if your fence is made of solid material like bricks or stone, then this might prove very difficult. Rooftop obstructions like antennas, satellite dishes, weather vanes, and chimney chaps should also be taken down.
After all of the obstructions have been removed, your exterminator or fumigator will need to completely soak the affected area of land. Otherwise, the chemicals used in the process will seep into the ground and affected the nearby flora.
The Process Itself
Once the entire house is sealed and tented, poisonous gas is pumped into the inside. Fans will be provided for and are left running in order to help circulate the gas. This will enable it to penetrate through the walls, making it possible to kill off colonies hidden within. After a certain time has passed, the fans and the tenting will be removed and the house will be aired out. Through the use of specialized instruments, the quality of the air will be tested. Once everything is cleared, the homeowners will be allowed to go back home.
If you intend to use termite tenting, then you should be aware of the drawbacks involved. Besides the costly nature of this process, it won’t prevent new infestations. It is also incapable of killing subterranean termites that might be found in the home’s foundation. Because of this, some homeowners may prefer to start with spot-treatment, and reserve termite tenting as a last resort.