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Written by Tim Denner
on October 14, 2021

If you’re struggling with a termite infestation, you know all too well the stress and the overwhelming number of questions that run through your mind minute by minute. Who should I call? How much unseen damage has already been done to the structure of my home? What type of treatment should I use to get rid of these hungry little pests? There are several different ways to treat a termite infestation – the method of treatment should be specifically chosen based on the unique circumstances of each termite problem. Heat treatment is a great option for an environmentally friendly one-time way to kill termites, even the ones in hard-to-reach places.

Who Should Perform a Heat Treatment?

Heat treatment must be done by a professional, as there is very specific equipment needed to produce the proper conditions for exterminating termites. Your termite pro will evaluate the property to determine what items need to be removed before treatment, as well as anything that needs to be turned off inside.

How Does Heat Treatment Work?

Once you have removed everything necessary, the entire property will be enveloped in a special tent in preparation for the heat treatment. Special heaters will be used to blow clean, hot air into the home. The temperature will rise to anywhere between 120- and 140-degrees Fahrenheit; this step is crucial, as the temperature inside the wood in your home must reach a sustained 120 degrees for 35 minutes straight to property kill all termites in the property.

How Long Will It Take?

Heat treatment generally takes one day, so there is less inconvenience to you and your family compared to structural fumigation using gas. As no chemicals are used, it is considered an environmentally friendly option; however, because there is no chemical residue left behind, heat treatment is only a one-time solution to a termite infestation. There is no ongoing protection to act in a preventive manner against future infestations.

What Happens After a Heat Treatment?

While heat treatment is an effective way to get rid of termites, it’s important to remember that it isn’t the last step. Talk to your termite control professional about the next steps to take, including home maintenance items that you might need to do to prevent a problem in the future. Special monitoring systems, such as baiting systems, also might need to be installed to keep an eye on termite activity in the area and make sure they don’t return for a second helping of lunch, courtesy of your home!

Heat treatment is a great option for efficiently and effectively eliminating termites from your property. If you have a termite problem or even suspect you might have one, be sure you have a trusted professional inspect the property. Be sure they explain the process in detail, especially the timeline, to ensure it can in fact be done in one day and you don’t need to make alternate plans for being away from your home for an extended period of time. If you live in the San Jose, CA area and are in need of a professional with a focus on termite control, call TAPS Termite today for a free inspection.

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