While tent fumigation, or “tenting”, is usually a last resort for pest infestations, it is also something that sometimes cannot be avoided. If your pest control expert has told you that tenting is in your future, here are some things that you need to know.
Prep Work for Tenting Is Extensive
The work that goes into preparing your house to be fumigated is extensive. There is more to it than simply getting you and your kids and pets out of the house. House plants need to be moved out temporarily. You’ll need to make sure that the doors in your house, big and small, are open. Take all of your bed linens out of the house. You also need to get all of your food and food prep items out of the house as well. You’ll need to make sure that all of your appliances are off and that any gas flames and pilot lights are out. You can find a good list of each detail you need to take care of over at About.Com.
Prep Work Isn’t Just Inside
While the fumigation gasses are going to be centered inside of your home, some are going to leech out via gaps in the tenting or around the bottom seals. This means that you’re going to need to make sure that you prepare the landscaping that sits close to your home. You’ll need to trim things back so that they are at least a foot away from the structure of your home. This helps keep them protected and keeps unruly shrubs or trees from preventing the tent from fully covering your home.
There are Different Types of Fumigation
Tenting does not get rid of all termites or wood beetles. There are subterranean termites too and those pests will need their own treatment. This extra treatment helps set up a barrier that keeps them from getting from their nest and back into your home.
The Time for Tenting Varies
Some homes only need to be tented for a few hours to solve an infestation problem. Other homes need to be tented for as long as a week. How long your home needs to be tented is going to depend upon the size of your home and the extensiveness of the infestation.
You Can’t Do It Yourself
A lot of people will try to do their own “DIY fumigations” by trying things like setting off a bunch of room-specific bug bombs. This can be helpful if your home has been infested by pests such as fleas, which can be conquered on a personal level. The DIY fumigation cans are not nearly as lethal or dangerous as tenting (though they aren’t exactly super safe either). Tent-level fumigation though is something that can only be done by a professional. In some states, a fumigator needs specific licensing and certifications before they can do any fumigating. If the pest problem has infested the structure of your home as well as its surface, always go the professional route!
Don’t Rush Back In
It can be tempting to rush back into a fumigated home as soon as your pest control expert posts the notice that re-entry is okay. It is important though that you not rush things. Go in yourself first—give the house at least an extra day to settle before you bring in kids and pets.
Hire a Sanitation Expert
In fact, before you and your family move back into your home, hire a sanitation expert to clean your home from top to bottom and to sterilize the space so that it isn’t just suitable for re-entry but suitable for living in again. Yes, you could do some cleaning yourself, but a sanitation expert will have skills and products he can use to make sure your home really is as clean as possible.
Tenting can be environmentally responsible even if it doesn’t appear that way at first glance. Make sure you hire a properly certified and licensed pest control expert such as Hulett Environmental Services.