Fumigations are recommended for widespread, severe and difficult to locate drywood termite infestations. Fumigations can also be used for bed bugs and german roaches. Any pest residing inside the home though will not survive the fumigation process.
So, what actually happens in a fumigation? What is the process? When your pest professional is there, they will provide you a prep sheet, so you can make sure your home is ready for treatment. All people, pets, plants, food and prescriptions must be removed from the home. All the entry ways will be locked with warning posts setup. The building will then be sealed off using a special nylon tent. After the building is secure and sealed the fumigation gas gets pumped into the building. It’ll reach between cracks and crevices, where drywood termites can thrive and tunnel. Termites, breath in the fumigant, depleting their oxygen. It affects their nervous system and causes death. After confirmation of enough fumigant exposure, a pest control expert will remove the tent to let it aerate. This process averagely takes about 3 days.
The next step is to air out the building. The fumigator will open the seals and activates a ventilation system. A test air sample will be done to determine air safety for reentry. If the air is safe, the control professional will permit you into the house.
It must be known though, that a fumigation controls active pests within the building but will not prevent from future infestation. Now if you think you have a drywood termite infestation that is in need of a fumigation, reach out to a pest professional today!