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Written by Fernando Munoz
on March 09, 2021

Structural fumigation, also known as tent fumigation, is a termite treatment option that is used to treat the most severe infestations. The entire process takes several days to complete and can be disruptive to your life. If you need your house fumigated, you will have to make arrangements to stay somewhere else during the process. If you have a business that needs to be fumigated, you will likely have to close the office/location during the process. Because of this, structural fumigation is only recommended in situations where it is clearly the only option for effective eradication. If your termite pro has recommended structural fumigation, there are some important steps you need to take in preparation of the process. 

Remove all living things

You, your family, your pets, and even your plants need to be removed from the property prior to structural fumigation. Even fish should be removed from the house before the structural fumigation begins. It is not safe for you or your loved ones to be in the house during the fumigation process. Your termite pro will likely take extra precautions – like adding an additional lock – in order to ensure that no one gains access to the property while the fumigation is in progress. 

Seal or remove medications and food

You also need to take precautions with the food and medications that are in your house. You can remove all the food and take it with you or store it in specially designed bags. You can get those bags from your termite control professional. Medications need to be treated in the same way. If there is any question in your mind whether something qualifies as a food or medication, simply ask your termite control provider if it is something you need to remove from the home. 

Remove plastic covers on mattresses

If you have plastic covers on any of your mattresses or pillows – these are common to use for kids who are prone to accidents – then you need to remove them prior to treatment. Baby bed mattresses – which are typically made from a waterproof material – need to be removed completely from the house before the fumigation process starts. 

Structural fumigation is an effective treatment option for severe termite infestations. The way the fumigation process is designed allows it to get into all the nooks and crannies of your house. The fumigant can even make its way into your walls and kill off any termites that are feeding off of wood there. This treatment option requires preparation from you as well as time away from your home. However, the sacrifices are worth it because the end result is a termite-free home. The pros at TAPS Termite can help you quickly and effectively eliminate termites from your home. If your property needs fumigation, TAPS Termite has the equipment and experience necessary. And, if your home can benefit from a simpler treatment solution, the pros at TAPS Termite will recommend one of those options.

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