San Diego Termite Tenting
Termite tenting also known as fumigation is one of the only ways to completely eradicate Drywood termites. This is performed by placing a tent over the structure and releasing a true gas into the home. At Best Rate we understand that performing a fumigation on your home can be very stressful. Our knowledgeable staff will walk you through each and every step along the way. To learn more about the San Diego termite tenting & fumigation, click here.
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Are you looking to completely eradicate Drywood termites from your home? Then tenting is the best option.
When tenting your home for drywood termites it is in most cases a 2 night and 3 day process. We walk you through the entire process from start to finish so you can rest assured your home is being taken care of properly and to your satisfaction. Call today to schedule your Free fumigation measurement.
Benefits of Tenting your Home
There are several alternatives to localized chemical treatments. However, only two methods for whole-house eradication of drywood termites: fumigation and whole-house heat treatment. Other methods such as electro gun, microwave, and freezing with liquid nitrogen are local or spot treatments designed to eradicate termites in a specific area. However, they are not intended for whole house eradication and therefore are NOT alternatives to fumigation.
Tenting your house will eradicate all drywood termites, which you can read more about here, but it will not kill subterranean termites (unless present in the wood members of structure to be fumigated). The reason is, subterranean termites are just that, below ground and are not reachable via fumigation. To eradicate subterranean termites, an inspector will need to inspect your property to see what type of treatment is necessary for your properties specific needs. Here at Best Rate we offer several different types of treatments and heat or chemical barriers are just a couple of them.
What Is The Cost to Tent My House?
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, sheds 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. Best Rate however, offers free inspections and once the inspector measures the home he/she will be able to provide you with the cost of your fumigation at that time.
San Diego Termite Tenting Process
Termite tenting in most cases is a 2-Night, 3-Day process in which you will need to vacate the home. There are some steps needed to be taken prior to the tenting by the homeowner to ensure safety and success of the fumigation. Below is the process day by day.
One (1) Week Prior
Fumigation Preparation Appointment: This appointment is to go over everything that needs to be done prior to the fumigation as well as answer any questions you may have. Your inspector will also provide you with a lock box for you to store your key in during the tenting process as well as go over all documents to be signed.
If the property is vacant, SDG&E may cap the gas the day before.
Saturate the soil around the home for a proper ground seal.
Perform a once over to ensure all prep work has been performed in and around your home.
If the property is occupied SDG&E will cap the gas the morning of the fumigation.
The tarp will be placed on the structure and tightly sealed. The Vikane gas will then be introduced to the structure. The gas must permeate for a minimum of 12 hrs. before the C.A.P aeration process may begin.
After the gas has fully permeated the wood members for the appropriate time, the aeration process will begin. Vent screens and the C.A.P. tube will be opened for this process, allowing the gas to slowly expel.
The tarp will be removed from the structure and the licensed fumigator, also known as the licensee will periodically check the air quality until it is safe for re-entry. Once the structure is safe for re-entry, the licensee will post a notice on the front door stating that the property has been deemed clear for re-entry. You will need to save this notice to show to the SDG&E service technician to have your gas restored the day after the fumigation process is complete.
It is the homeowners responsibililty to scheduled SDG&E to come out to the property a turn on the gas. Someone will need to be present for this appointment to allow the SDG&E service technician access to the home to re-light pilots and test and appliances that opperate off gas. Be sure to keep the re-entry notice that was left on the front door by the fumigators. SDG&E will want to see this notice prior to restoring your gas.
Best Rate will perform a final walk through to ensure everything was completed to our satisfaction.
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. Prior to the fumigation a representative from Best Rate will come back out to your home for a fumigation preparation appointment. This appointment is to go over all preparation that needs to be completed prior to the tenting.
During the tenting the 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 schedule SDG&E to come out to your home and shut-off the gas.This can take place either the day before fumigation or the morning of. It is however, the customers responsibility to contact SDG&E to re-store the gas and light pilots. You can contact SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343. Please keep in mind that the gas can not be restored on your home the same day that the property is deemed clear for re-entry. For example, if your home is cleared for re-entry on Wednesday, SDG&E can restore your gas on Thursday.
Below is a detailed video created by Douglas Products (Vikane), on fumigation preparation and baging consumable items.
The exterior surrounding of your home will need to have a clearance of 12-18 inches outward from the structure. This will allow the tent to be draped down to the ground, allowing for a proper seal. Anything outside your house, but within the tent structure will be affected by the fumigation, including plants. A termite inspector will walk the parameter of your house with you prior to tenting and point out any areas of concern. 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!
Exterior Decorative Rock Prep - Before
As pictured to the left you will see a path was made through the rocks exposing the soil. This prepartion is very important for a fumigation, because the tent needs to be able to rest flat on the soil to allow a proper seal.
Exterior Decorative Rock Prep - After
This picture shows a proper ground seal through the decorative rock and mulch. You will notice that weighted sand snakes were placed on the tarp when that patch with created in the rocks . These snakes allow the proper weight needed to keep the tent on the ground with a proper seal.
Exterior Plant Prep
All plants, bushes and trees must be trimmed away from the structure at a minimum of 12 inches. This allows the crew to place the tent behind the plant and on the ground for a proper ground seal. All potted plants must be moved away from the structure as shown in the picture to the left.
Soil to allow proper seal
In some cases dirt may be taken from your yard and used in areas on the ground or tarp to get the proper seal needed for the fumigation.
Is Termite Fumigation safe?
Best Rate and the SPCB (Structural Pest Control Board) have procedures to take every precaution necessary to ensure a safe San Diego termite tenting & fumigation process. Fumigations are highly regulated by the State of California. To perform fumigations, companies must be registered with SPCB. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation registers all fumigants used in the state and oversees local pesticide use enforcement by agricultural commissioner.
If you have any questions about safety of fumigants, chemicals or pesticides, you may call your local county agricultural commissioner. You can get the phone number and be directly connected by calling 1-877-378-5463 (1-87-PestLine).
Chemicals used in fumigation are lethal! Exposure to fumigants in a structure being fumigated, even for a few minutes, can result in death or serious injury. Absolutely NO ONE can enter a structure until it has been certified safe for re-entry by the licensee in charge of the fumigation.
Warning signs are posted in plainly visible locations on or in the immediate vicinity of all entrances. To ensure that even the owner or tenant cannot reenter a structure, the company is required to put a secondary lock on all outside doors that only the company can open. These locks can be any device such as padlock, keyway lock or deadbolts from the inside which will prevent opening by anyone but the licensee in charge.
Once the San Diego termite tenting process is over and the tents are removed, the licensee will enter the structure with proper safety equipment and an approved and properly calibrated Low Fumigant Level Detection Device to test the air to determine if the structure is safe for re-entry. Re-entry clearance is granted once the gas levels are at or under One Part Per Millionth (1 PPM). Once the property is deemed clear the fumigator is required to post a reentry notice on the property at the time the structure is judged safe for occupancy. The notice states the building is safe for re-entry and gives the date and time the building was released, the name of the structural pest control company issuing the notice, and its license and telephone numbers.