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Written by Fernando Munoz
on September 19, 2019

Structural fumigation is an effective option for eradicating termites from your property. It is also a very invasive option because it requires you to prepare your home and then leave it for several days. There are a number of other termite treatment options that can be effective in some situations - including those that allow you to safely stay home during the treatment. Learning about how structural fumigation works and when it is necessary will help you decide if it is time for you to use it to eradicate your current infestation or if there is a less invasive option that will get the job done.    

How does structural fumigation work?

When you see a home or other property completely encased in what appears to be a tent you are looking at evidence of structural fumigation. In this process, your home is completely covered and sealed off with a material that prevents chemicals from escaping. Fumigation is designed to allow the termiticide (chemicals used to kill termites) to permeate every area of the home – including inside the walls. The chemicals move throughout the property but are prevented from escaping any farther by the tent. The tent protects the people and other living things nearby from the harmful effects of the termiticide. If your home needs structural fumigation you will have to remove or properly store (using specially designed bags) all the food and medicine in the house. In addition, all people and pets will have to remain away from the property during the time dictated by the termite professional. This often ranges from a couple of days to a week. All of the elements of structural fumigation – the tent, termiticide, professional application, and time – work together to create the most effective option for termite eradication.

When is structural fumigation necessary?

There are a number of different reasons why structural fumigation may be necessary in your home or business. If the infestation you have is severe then structural fumigation may be the only way to completely eradicate termites. In addition, if your home has been treated for termites before and the treatment failed to completely eradicate the problem then structural fumigation is the next step. As mentioned above, structural fumigation allows the termiticide to move through the walls and into every corner of your home. There is nowhere that termites can avoid the termiticide if it is applied through structural fumigation.

How do I decide if it is time for structural fumigation?

You need to work with a termite professional in order to decide if it is time for structural fumigation. A termite inspection will allow the termite pro to determine if you have an infestation as well as the severity of the problem. Structural fumigation is the most invasive option for termite treatment and will only be recommended if it is the best option for your particular situation.

Structural fumigation is one of several options for eradicating termites. It is a very effective option because of the way it can get to all of the infested areas of your home. However, prepping for structural fumigation and then vacating your home for several days can be very inconvenient. Because of this, it is always best to consider other treatment options first and make your final decision with the help of a termite professional.

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