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How to Prepare for a Termite Fumigation Treatment

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How To Prepare For Termite Fumigation

Keeping your house free from termites can save you a significant amount of money. If left unaddressed, termite infestations can lead to severe or irreversible damage, so you should have your home inspected regularly. 

If you live in Northern California, you must be extra alert about termite infestations since they are known to be rampant in the area. Aside from the Western subterranean termites, Western drywood termites and Pacific dampwood termites were found to be highly prevalent in Northern California.

If you recently discovered a termite problem in your home, you have likely scheduled a termite fumigation as per a professional’s suggestion. Though we - your pest control company will perform the treatment, you will also need to prepare for the termite service. Doing the necessary preparation activities will ensure that your home is safe for fumigation. Failure to do this may cause your appointment to be postponed or scheduled as companies are strict about following the protocols for termite fumigation. 

Below, you will find some of the most common preparations required by to prepare for a termite fumigation. Do take the time to go through them to ensure you have a smooth experience.

Make Accommodations

If you will be getting termite treatment for your home, you have to make plans for you and your family to be away for at least three days. The fumigants and chemicals will have to stay within your home for up to 48 hours to take effect, and after that, it will take another 12 hours or so to aerate the structure. During this time, your home’s premises should be vacated, so you have to make plans to ensure you have somewhere to stay. Ask us about the exact duration of the process for your property, and wait for us to notify you before returning to your home.

Prepare Consumables and Living Things

Remove any food, medicine, or tobacco products you have at home or double-bag them with Nylofume bags designed to protect these items from fumigation. If they are still sealed in a plastic bag, metal bottle, or glass jar with the original manufacturer’s air-tight seal, you do not have to bag or remove them anymore. Similarly, make sure you remove all living things, such as indoor and outdoor potted plants, to prevent them from dying or getting damaged.

Remove Plastic Covers

If you have any furniture pieces, mattresses, or other upholstery still covered in plastic, remove them to ensure the fumigants work effectively. The same rule applies for any other item that may be covered in plastic since these areas can become hiding spots for termites. 

Prepare the Exterior

Before the day of the fumigation, water your yard or garden to a depth of about six inches to protect your plants from the chemicals and prevent leakage from the fumigation tent. Likewise, you will need to trim the shrubbery and prune plants or trees that may be encroaching your home to provide enough space for the tent. 

Return to your home knowing that it is safely fumigated and termite-free!

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