Preparing Your Home For Termite Tenting

With the techniques available today, your home can be reliably rid of its termite infestation by means of a tent fumigation process. It will be a relief to have the termites gone, but in the meantime, you may be wondering what you should be doing to prepare for the fumigation itself. Here are four steps to preparing your house for termite tent fumigation.

1. Make arrangements for all pets and houseplants.

You may be familiar with having your dog or cat stay somewhere else for the day when professional cleaning is scheduled. Fumigation is the same, only more so. You'll need to remove all animals from the premises, including not only cats and dogs but also birds, reptiles, and fish. Your houseplants will also need to go on vacation; the fumes can be unsafe for them as well.

2. Seal up specific foods in double-bagged packages.

As a rule of thumb, the foods that you'll need to seal up include anything in your kitchen cupboards that's already opened and anything that's stored in cardboard or soft plastic. Still-sealed foods in cans, jars, and bottles can be left as they are. When bagging foods, you should use special nylon polymer bags to prevent fumes from leaking through to your food and seal bags carefully with tape. Using two bags at a time (one inside the other) is the recommended safe way to protect your foods from the fumes. Don't forget to seal up pet foods as well, and any medications or other ingestible items such as tobacco. Food in your refrigerator and freezer must be bagged to prevent chemical contamination and then left in the appliance to prevent spoilage.

3. Prepare the outside of the house.

Since the tent goes around the outside of your house, you'll need to allow clearance for the tent placement. This may involve trimming back vegetation, including shrubs and garden plants, to a distance of one or two feet from the house. The day before the fumigation, make sure heating sources are turned off at the source, including gas, and that pilot lights have been turned off as well.

4. Allow for chemical access to each part of your home.

Open cupboards, cabinets, doors, drawers, closets, blinds, drapes, safes, and anything else that is normally left closed in your home. If you're not comfortable leaving them open for days at a time, give the keys to the fumigator, who will open them only when necessary. In addition, you'll need to identify and remove waterproof mattress covers and pillow covers to allow fumigation access. 

These four steps will help you prepare your house by protecting what needs protecting and allowing access to everything that requires fumigation. Because individual houses vary, be sure to ask your fumigator for any professional tips regarding preparing your specific house.

For more information, contact Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services or a similar company.