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Written by Fernando Munoz
on June 22, 2021

There is more than one way to deal with a termite infestation. In some situations, heat treatment or topical application of termiticide is enough to eradicate termites from your home. There are, however, more extreme situations that require a higher level of intervention. Structural fumigation is a termite treatment option that is recommended in situations where other options will not be effective.

What is structural fumigation?

Structural fumigation is a process that uses a gas termiticide to eradicate termites from a property. It is a multi-step process. First, you must make sure that your home is ready for the process. This means making arrangements for all people, pets, and plants to be out of the house during fumigation. You will also need to remove food and medications or place them in specially designed bags. After you have finished those preparations, your home will be encapsulated in a tent. This tent is designed to keep the termiticide that is released from dissipating. The tent ensures that the termiticide stays in your home and has time to fully permeate all areas. After the fumigant is released, the tent will remain on your house for several days. Once the process is complete and it is safe to be in your house again, you can return to a termite-free home.

Why is structural fumigation an option?

Structural fumigation is an option because there are times when other methods are not enough to eliminate termites. Fumigation is a different approach to eradicating termites when compared to heat or spray methods. The reality is that termites are difficult to eradicate and the best process for eradicating them can vary significantly based on a number of factors.

When is structural fumigation necessary?

You will need the help of a professional to determine if structural fumigation is the right option for your home. In general, fumigation is necessary when a termite infestation is so severe that it will not respond to less invasive treatment options. Structural fumigation is also needed when the infestation is in areas that are difficult to reach with other treatment options. For example, termites can get inside of your walls and be difficult to reach. The design of fumigation allows the termiticide to get into the walls and every other area of your house where termites are active. Structural fumigation is an involved process – especially in comparison to the other termite treatment options. Your termite pro will only recommend structural fumigation if is it absolutely necessary in your situation.

Structural fumigation provides excellent results when it comes to eradicating termites. However, it is not an option that allows you to remain in your home during treatment. If your termite pro recommends structural fumigation, it means that you are facing a severe infestation and/or one where the termites are difficult to reach. You can find out if your home needs structural fumigation or some other type of treatment by setting up a professional termite inspection.

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