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Facts About Termite Fumigation

Facts about Termite Fumigation

Fumigation also known as tenting, is a method of pest control that completely gets rid of pests within the area being fumigated.

The pests are eradicated with the use of pesticides in gas form. Methyl bromide used to be the most widely used pesticide in tenting but has since been restricted because of its environmental damage. Nowadays there are several fumigants that can be used including formaldehyde, methyl isocyanate and hydrogen cyanide.

Steps of Fumigation

The structure is either sealed with plastic, tape or other materials or the entire structure is tented with the use of nylon tarps. See pic above. The length of fumigation or tenting can vary from a couple hours to a week; depending on the pest problem and the size of the structure.

It’s important to remember that the pesticides used to kill the termites can also kill or poison other living things. All people, pets (fish included), plants, etc… are to be removed. Also, it’s a good idea to remove or completely seal anything that will eventually be ingested (pills too!).

Proper precautions are taken when it comes to fumigation. For instance, the re-entry date, time and other information will posted on the house when the structure is safe to re-enter. But, if headaches, nausea or any other symptoms appear after re-entering the structure, leave immediately and contact a doctor or poison control.

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For more in depth information about fumigation, view California’s Structural Pest Control Board’s FAQ about fumigation.

What Should You Be Doing With Your Time

Fumigation is an aggressive method of pest control but it’s not flawless. Since the pesticide used is in gas form, there is no poison left behind so the termites or other pests can return. Also, the deadly dosage of pesticide for one pest may not be enough to kill another pest.

If fumigation is performed correctly, the target pest should be eradicated.

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Weird Weather and Bugs

Wierd Weather and Bugs

It always seems to be that termite companies like Kilter Termite and Pest Control always seem to have call volumes increase when the weather gets weird. Its like the bugs sense that the weather is either changing or going through changes and they begin their cycle. Just this week we had reports of swarming termites in Los Angeles areas. It seems that the bugs are affected by hyper localized weather. If the weather is changing from 5 mile radius to 5 mile radius the bugs outside these lines will be less inclined to act the same way the bugs within those conditions.

Whats Weird Weather


When the weather in location XXX is sunny and bright 80Degrees California weather then having a stark contrasting thunderstorm and rain downpour 15miles away. This is like Texas weather weird it has to do something with climate change I am sure. The extremes are causing the bugs to swarm randomly depending on the conditions and their traditional seasons. Subterranean Swarmer report of 1 house but no one else in December. Weird Weather

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Termite Companies every actually need to start documenting these wierd weather trends so that termites swarming are charted for potential patterns in areas, as maybe the hyper localized extreme weather might have a pattern. Atleast you might be able to predict the bugs and there patterns.Termite Companies In Orange County California are usually not affected by this extreme weather and usually the bugs follow this predictable pattern. It would be interesting to see if Termite Control Companies in Orange County start to see heavier calls through out the entire year just not seasonally.

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