Termites, pesky little insects that can create catastrophic damage to buildings, can be a homeowner’s biggest fear.
Unfortunately, many people don’t give much thought to termite control until they see a termite tent in their neighborhood or get a quote for termite fumigation themselves.
Why should I fumigate for termites?
A termite infestation can create thousands of dollars of damage to your house without you knowing that it’s happening—well before you even pay a pest control professional for termite treatment and control.
Can termites come back after fumigation?
Yes, unfortunately, termites can return after fumigation. It is therefore important to address how termites entered the building in the first place. To do so, one should replace any decomposing wood with new lumber and implement some other termite prevention strategies like termite trenching or termite traps. Whatever termite control company performs your termite tenting should recommend the right prevention strategies for you.
What is Termite Fumigation?
So, what exactly is fumigation?
What does termite tenting achieve?
Fumigation uses the chemical Vikane inside the house and will then penetrate deep into the foundation to eliminate any termites. Before this happens, the crew will tent your house, meaning they will cover all of the structures with huge rubber tents to completely secure it and ensure that none of the gas will escape—this is to not only ensure the best results but also protect your neighbors and wildlife from becoming sick from the fumes.
How to save money on termite tenting
As you can assume, you will not be allowed to stay in your home while this process is happening, which can take 3 to 7 days to complete. So, while this is happening, you’ll need to find a new place to stay.
The costs associated with evacuating your home will vary depending on whether you stay at a hotel and if you have pets.
The costs of hotel rooms throughout the process can build up quickly, and the cost of buying food or eating out will add up fast too. However, if you plan it out well, you may be able to stay with a friend or family and avoid hotel and eating out costs.
After the fumigation process is completed and you and your family can return to your house, you’ll have to start figuring out how much damage was done to your foundation. If the termites did a lot of damage, you will need to pay for repairs to fix that damage. These repairs all depend on how much damage was done, where the damage is, and how it can be repaired.
For example, if you have a patio or a porch, it might just be better for you to have them completely redone. Depending on how large the patio or porch is, this can really rake up a lot of expenses. If the termites damage any supporting beams, you’re looking at some major costs again.
Some ways to prevent having to potentially pay the costs associated with fumigating your house to deal with termites can have professional exterminators come through yearly to ensure that your house is clear of any termites or pests that could cause real damage to the building. They can also give you recommendations to help you figure out what exactly you can be doing to help continue preventing any infestations that can be costly.
Frequently Asked Questions about termite fumigation prices:
Why is termite tenting so expensive?
How long does it take for termites to destroy a house?
What are the side effects of termite fumigation?
How do I get rid of termites without tenting?
How toxic is termite fumigation?
Why does my house smell after termite fumigation?
Because termite fumigant is odorless, an odor is mixed with the termiticide to assist pest control professionals in applying it safely. Sometimes people notice a residual odor for some time period after termite tenting, but the smell will subside over time.
Is it hard to sell a house that has had termites?
Selling a house with termites is often difficult because any potential seller would have to repair the termite damage. Most people looking to purchase a new home want it in working order. However, you might find someone who will view your termite damaged real-estate as a fixer-upper. They might be interested in purchasing it from you for a lower price (to compensate for additional repair costs they’ll have down the road). They might then fix it up and sell it. Most banks, though, won’t give a mortgage to a home that fails its wood-destroying organism (WDO) report. Meaning, in most cases, that any potential buyer would need to buy your damaged home with cash. This lowers the pool of potential home buyers that might buy your property.
How do I prepare my house for termite tenting?
What foods need to be removed when tenting for termites?
Can a house get termites twice?
You can get termites numerous times, even after termite treatments. Certain termite treatments tend to last a certain amount of time. For example, termite trenching generally reliably lasts around five years (assuming you don’t disturb the termiticide-filled trench and assuming the termiticide is applied properly). After five years, termite trenches begin to weaken.
If you get your home fumigated for termites, fumigant residue should prevent drywood termites from returning for some period of time, but if termites find their way back in through some opening, you may encounter repeat infestations. This is why a thorough termite inspector will take their time to look for openings, cracks, and crevices and seal them.