Termite tenting is the process of covering your house in preparation of fumigation. To learn more about the fumigations, click over to here.
Why do you tent your house to eradicate termites?
Fumigation is applied via a chemical in a gas form, which will escape if not properly sealed. In order to eradicate all termites through fumigation, you need to tent your house to be sure the chemicals reach every inner crack and crevice instead of escaping out.
Tenting your house will kill drywood termites, which you can read more about here, but not subterranean termites, which you can read more about here. The reason is, subterranean termites are just that, below ground and are not reachable via fumigation. In order to eradicate subterranean termites, you need to baiting or chemical barriers.
What is the Cost?
The cost of termite tenting your house greatly depends on many factors and is based on the cubic volume of gas being used to fumigate. A two story 1200 sq. Foot house will cost more than a single story house of the same square footage as there is more volume of space. Having to tent over exterior objects, such as decks, or houses with odd shaped exterior features, such as multi-level roofs will also cost more. As you might suspect, exact pricing without inspection is impossible.
What is the process?
Termite tenting is a 3-Day process. There are some steps needed to be taken by the homeowner to ensure safety and success of the fumigation.
It may seem obvious to most but to be clear, the structure must be vacant by law. All people, pets, and plants must be removed from the structure before fumigation. This includes fish aquariums.
All food, feed, drugs and medicines may remain in the structure provided they are in a glass, metal, or plastic bottles, cans, jars, in the original manufacturer’s air tight seal intact, or doubled bagged in Nylofume bags. Please read our How To Prepare Your Home blog for more details.
Electricity must be available as it will be necessary to run fans during the fumigation process., however, you will want to shut off automatic switch controls for appliance and lighting systems.
The fumigation company will request the gas to your home will be shut-off by SDG&E. Customer must contact SDG&E to re-store the gas and light pilots. You can contact SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343.
The grounds outside your house must have an 12-18 inch clearance for the tent to be placed properly. A termite inspector will walk the parameter of your house with you prior to tenting.
Anything outside your house, but within the tent structure will be affected by the fumigation, including plants.
It is important that exterior lighting does not come on during the fumigation as we don’t want the appliances creating heat that will damage the tarps. Automatic sprinkler systems must be turned off!
Day One: The first day the tarp will be placed on the structure and tightly sealed, the Vikane gas will then be introduced to the structure.
Day Two: Once the fumigation is complete the aeration process will begin. Fans will be turned on and windows opened.
Day Three: The tarp will be removed from the structure and the licensed fumigator will periodically check the air quality until it is safe for re-entry. Once the structure is safe for re-entry the licensed fumigator will post a notice on the front door stating that the property is safe for re-entry. You will need to save this notice to show to SDG&E to have your gas restored once the fumigation process is complete.
Termite fumigation is the process of introducing chemicals into a structure to kill all drywood termites and dampwood termites. The chemical used is Vikane and as with all gasses, it is measured in cubic feet (volume).
Is Termite Fumigation safe?
Once the fumigation process is over and the tents are removed, the pest control company will test the air and determine if the structure is safe for reentry.