Among all of the termite infestation resolving solutions, termite fumigation has reached the point of being the most popular method. This method is extremely straight forward and simple but on a large scale. To begin with, your house will be enclosed in a large tent which will seal up all the passages on the side. The tent has water containers on the side which, when filled, ensure a tight fit, preventing the gas from leaking out of the house. Before the tent is installed, all occupants, plants and valuables that might be damaged by the gas are taken out of the house. All doors and windows need to be sealed shut and labeled to prevent any unsuspecting visitors entering the premises.
The gas used for this process is odorless but still poisonous. In order to warn anyone trying to enter a house being fumigated about this, there is an agent added to the gas mixture which acts similarly to tear gas. With labels being pasted around the house it is being officially under fumigation and before these are taken off nobody is allowed to enter.
Process of fumigation
Before the tent is installed, all sharp edges of your home need to be padded. This will ensure that the tent is not cut and causing any gas leakages. Keep in mind that this is still more of a preventive measure since your home definitely can’t seal the gas tightly enough for complete gas leak prevention. The tent is then installed in multiple segments, with the water containers filled up to ensure a tight fit all the way to the bottom.
With the gas compressor in place a fresh batch of gas is being injected into the home when everything is sealed in. Once it’s entirely filled, everything is checked for leaks and if there aren’t any issues the house needs to be left under fumigation for about 48 hours or more, depending on the size and the type of gas being used.
After these 48 hours the house needs to be aerated for at least 24 hours which should be enough for all of the toxic gas to disperse. In order to check that it did, a special sensor tool is used to measure and detect any leftover gases which may pose a threat to you once you return inside.
This method does take quite a bit of time and effort to be organized, not to mention the expenses. In cases of severe infestations it has proven to be one of the best solutions to be used as it really does give a huge amount of effect to the overall extermination procedure. Once your home has been fumigated it is time to assess the damage and most importantly, go for some prevention measures to make sure that no recurrent infestations which may require yet another fumigation process. Fortunately, most of the companies providing this service will give you an option of a termite bond which means that you can get a free fumigation if there are more termites appearing during the warranty period.