Termite tenting is a termite control method that involves encasing your premises in an airtight tent, followed by pumping sulfuryl fluoride. The pest control specialist often combines sulfur with chloropicrin, commonly referred to as tear gas.
Highlighted as follows are a few things you should know about termite tenting, also known as structural fumigation.
This lethal gas combination is effective for termite control, as it kills the grown termites and the termite eggs. You can confidently look forward to a pest-free space after the fumigation.
It's also effective as the gas will seep into those hard-to-reach spaces where the termites may be hiding. This includes the floorboards and beams, which would otherwise not be so easy to access through other means.
What About Cost?
Given just how effective this termite control method is, it is no surprise that it can be quite costly. That being said, you will want to do some comparison shopping and get quotes from different pest control companies.
The cost of this termite control method will depend on who you hire for the job and ultimately come down to the size of your home or business premises. The bigger the area, the more that will need to go into the process, right from the amount of gas needed to the tarps required.
Safety Concerns and What to Do
Hire a trained and experienced termite control specialist, and you will not have to worry too much about your health and safety. The first thing you'll need to do is to leave the premises and bring along your pets. Also, be sure to remove food and any house plants you may have. Under no circumstances should you re-enter the premises before getting an official clearance.
Termite control experts will use leak detectors to check for any gas leakages during the treatment. Using specialized equipment, the exterminators will perform several tests to check the gases' concentration levels. Only after the concentration is confirmed to be within the safe limits, typically, one part per million (ppm) or less, should you re-enter the premises.
What to Expect Post Fumigation
Apart from confirming the gas levels, the termite control experts will ventilate your spaces as a safety precaution. Don't rush to get back into the premises, but instead, wait until the team completes their post-fumigation air ventilation.
Termite tenting is highly effective and quite safe if you follow all instructions. Ensure you stick to all instructions, pre-and post-fumigation, as provided by the termite control team.