Preparing Your Possessions for a Termite Fumigation

While termite fumigation may be an intimidating and inconvenient process, it is a far better alternative than extensive termite damage. So how do you prepare your home for fumigation? What do you need to do to protect your belongings? You will, of course, be able to consult with the experts handling your home, but here are the basics to get you started.

What to Remove

The first items to pack up are those which your family will need during the days you are away. This might include clothing, toiletries, and pet care items. If you are concerned about leaving any food or medications, take them along as well. House plants should be removed for their safety. Items with vinyl or plastic coverings, such as a mattress in a crib, also need to go. 

What to Leave

As a general rule, if it isn't a living thing and it isn't ingested or absorbed by living things, it is probably safe to leave inside of your home. This includes all of your furniture, your bedding, and any clothing you don't need to take with you. The pest control experts fumigating your home will give you more specific instructions to keep your possessions safe, such as opening drawers to keep gas from pocketing. So long as the gas is given a chance to properly and fully escape, your possessions will be completely safe to touch and use when you get back. You won't even need to wash you dishes, though many people feel more at ease once they have. 

What to Double-Bag

Though sealed bottles and cans of food are fine to leave out during fumigation, dry goods in bags or boxes, such as cereal and rice, should be double-bagged for extra protection. The same is true of anything that goes into your body, such as lotion, lip balm, toothpaste, and injections. 

If you are uncertain about any items, ask an expert, or simply take them with you. This is certainly an instance of better safe than sorry, or at least better safe than unnecessarily stressed. A termite fumigation is an inherently taxing process, so do anything you can to make the experience easier on you and your family. If you know your part of the process, you will be able to act quickly and efficiently and will feel comfortable leaving your home in the hands of pest control experts (like Affordable Pest Control Inc). Proper preparation will also help you feel safe in your return when the process is complete.