A pest control specialist can usually treat household bugs without the expense and hassle of a full-home fumigation, but sometimes fumigation is what’s necessary to eradicate a deep-rooted infestation.
This process, often called “tenting” because of the tarp placed over the home to seal in the fumigate, is far more involved than having an exterminator show up and spray problem areas. You’ll have to leave your home for a few days.
Fumigation is the sure-fire solution if your home is infested with household bugs that burrow into the wood of your home—primarily termites and carpenter ants. It is also the surest method to exterminate bed bugs, which are difficult to locate and reach with spray pesticides. Ultimately, the decision whether to fumigate will usually depend on the extent and location of the infestation.
The Fumigation Process
If you do need fumigation, this is how it will go.
1. You’ll have to leave the home until the fumigation is complete. The length will depend on several factors—including of course the degree of infestation—but the time you’ll be away from your home can be as long as a week.
2. A tarp will be placed over the home to create a sealed environment. The tarp is usually plastic rubber that keeps the fumigates from releasing into the neighborhood.
3. The fumigate (usually sulfuryl fluoride) is released into the home. Sulfuryl fluoride is a gas, not a liquid like spray pesticides, allowing it to penetrate into areas unreachable by sprays and to kill household bugs not detected by an inspection.
4. After the fumigation has done its work, the home is completely ventilated until the poisonous gases reach a safe level of 1 part per million or less.
5. You’ll be able to return to your home with no worries. Because sulfuryl fluoride doesn’t leave a residue, you won’t even have to wash dishes or clothes after you return.
Consult with a Pest Control Specialist to Determine If You Need Fumigation
Because of the expense and the displacement from your home, fumigation is something most people want to avoid, and in most cases, it can be. Liquid pesticide treatment is usually very effective.
When you call a pest control specialist to inspect your situation, you don’t need to request fumigation. Just ask for an inspection, and once that’s done, the exterminator will go over the severity of your infestation and the options to treat it. If fumigation is needed, you’ll be told why and how long it will take.
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