Professionals use special gas in order to get rid of termites which prosper over the ground and eat walls, floors, ceilings, balks, etc. Pest exterminators seal the house under the tent and make it full of poisonous gas.
Fumigation is done with special chemicals which do not have smell and color. For the owner of the house it is important before, during and after termite treatment to follow the instructions in order to protect his family and pets.
Before speaking about how to prepare your house for termite tenting, lets speak about necessary equipment:
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Here is the termite tenting preparation checklist, that will help you to be sure that everything was done properly. Find the place where you, your family and pets can live while you have termite treatment in your house. Your house will be sealed for 2-3 days and you should be at a safe distance from your house.
You will not be allowed to enter the house until the tent is removed, the house is aired and the air is checked with special equipment (in order to make sure that it is safe and you can come back).
Take all the food and tobacco away or put them in a special bag. Ask your pest control service whether they have special nylon or plastic bags for keeping products.
Food that you keep in the fridge must be taken away as well, or you can place it in the bag and leave in the fridge. You may also leave all jars, bottles, cans, etc. if they are originally hermetically closed.
For example, you do not have to bag or take out metal or glass liquor which is originally sealed. Inspect all the bottles and check to see they are sealed.
If containers had been opened or you are not sure that they are hermetically closed, you will need to put them in bags.
You should also carry all the medicine out.
Any kind of food which has dry package (cardboard boxes, for example), even if it wasnt opened and has originally sealed box, has to be taken out or bagged.
This may include chips, flour, cereal, etc.
It is a good idea to use double-packaging.
So, you can put one bag in another and place all the needed objects inside. Double-packaging will make protection more effective.
Before fumigation (one-two days earlier) try not to buy any extra or unnecessary products. That will create additional work and you will have to look for a place to keep extra food or buy new packages.
Leave covers, furniture, boxes, cases, appliances, interior doors, etc. open or take them away if possible.
You will have to take out all valuable things such as money, jewelry, etc. This is all because you have to leave safes open as well. Even if you do not want to do it, you will have to give all keys to the exterminator to make him able to perform qualitative fumigation.
It is not needed to put dishes or clothes in bags as fumigant will not harm or somehow damage these things. Basic air ventilation after fumigation process will be enough.
Drapes, jalousies and shutters should be open in order to make it easier for exterminators to air the house after fumigation.
If you use natural gas for heating or any other purposes and you have gas pipe line, you will have to cut it off temporary. Find out in advance where and how you can do it, and do not forget to plan your time.
Usually turning off the gas is to be done the day before fumigation and by someone from the gas company.
Turn off all the interior and exterior lights, water heaters, washers, dryers, ovens, computers and any other electric appliances.
Preparing for termite tenting from the outside of the house.
Take off all the antennas, wires and satellite antennas. Exterminators will fix the tent on the ground.
If your house is somehow touching the fence, most probably Pest Company will ask you to remove it.
As far as the company covers the whole house with a tent, the most effective fumigation will be provided if nothing blocks the right tent setup.
All the space within twelve to eighteen inches of your house will be covered by a tent. Plants and trees around the house should be removed for a place for the tent.
In order to protect the roots of your shrubs water plants and trees around the perimeter of the house. Water should reach the depth of six inches as that will be enough to prevent fumigants leakage out of the tent.
Rake decorative rocks and wooden mound at least 12 inches back from the exterior of your house.
Provide exterminator with a key to your house so that he could accomplish fumigation of your house, enter after fumigation, and accomplish aeration process of your house after fumigation.
Take all living matters out of your house. People, pets and plants are not allowed to stay in the house. Remember that there is no safe way to keep fish tank in the house during fumigation: you should also bring it out.
Stay in touch with the exterminator in order to find out when it will be safe for you to come back to the house. Sometimes the date of tent fumigation may be delayed.
This may have different reasons (basically safety), but usually this might happen because of bad weather. In this case you should be ready to re-schedule your plans.
There is some special reminding for those who have babies or children. Of course, before starting fumigation all the food for children must be placed in special sealing bags or taken out of the housel.
You should also remember that you will have to remove all mattresses. The reason is their materials. Mattresses for children usually have details made of plastic or any other materials which do not leak (these details are mostly used for covering mattresses).
During fumigation process poisonous gases may penetrate mattress and it will be hard to air it out later.
It will be also a good idea to remove all other objects which may have plastic covering, or you may cover them with special bags as well.
Inform your neighbors about your fumigation plans and warn them to keep dogs and cats away from your house during the process.
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You will not have to wash any dishes or clothes after fumigation.
The gas which is used for the process will dissipate very fast, especially after air ventilation.
But usually householders still rewash all possible things in the house to feel safe. As you can see preparing for termite fumigation is not very difficult process but for sure this procedure should be done properly and carefully.
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Remember, that in order to protect yourself and your family do not enter the house until it is air ventilated.
The exterminators must ensure you that the house is safe.
In order to be fully informed about termite fumigation preparation process and after it do not be afraid to ask the exterminators any questions you have.
It will be also a good idea to call the Pest Company and ask them to come sometime before starting fumigation process. They will check whether you have done all the termite tenting preparations in a right way and may give extra recommendations.
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