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Written by Fernando Munoz
on May 02, 2019

In San Jose, CA you have a number of options for termite removal. The fact is that professional treatment is the quickest and most effective way to eradicate termites from your property. When you look into professional help you will find that you can choose from several types of treatment including fumigation, heat, and green eco-friendly solutions.


Termite fumigation is a process where your property will be encased in a tent and filled with a gas that is lethal to termites. This gas has the ability to permeate through walls and kill termites in areas that are not visually accessible. The gas will not leave behind any residue that is harmful to your family but it is dangerous to living things while in the air. Because of this, you will have some preparation to do if you choose fumigation as your treatment option. Make arrangements for all inhabitants-including animals-to be away from the property during fumigation. You will also need to take steps to protect the food and medicine in your house for this process. You can find more detailed instructions on preparing your property for fumigation here.


Heat is a non-chemical, non-toxic process that can eliminate certain types of termites. A trained technician will bring specially designed heaters to your property and apply heat until the wood core at your property reaches 120 degrees. The temperature is maintained for 1.5 hours to ensure a complete kill. The entire process can be completed in as little as one day. Some items will need to be removed from the property and certain equipment will need to be turned off prior to heat treatment. You can learn more about heat treatment for termites here.

Green Eco-Friendly Solutions

If you are interested in finding a termite treatment option that is eco-friendly then green solutions are the way to go. Green solutions are more environmentally friendly than traditional termite treatment methods. Three green treatment options you have for eradicating termites include orange oil, borates, and tree bark derivatives. Orange oil is made from the oily substance found in the rinds of oranges. This is a renewable resource which makes orange oil a great eco-friendly option. Borates are a green option for preventative treatment against termites. Borates can be applied topically to wood and provide ongoing protection from termites. Tree bark derivatives are a treatment option for termites that are derived from the bark of a tree found in Africa. This option has minimal impact on the environment making it a great choice for environmentally conscious property owners. Read more about green treatment options here.

In San Jose, CA TAPS Termite can provide you with any of the termite removal options mentioned above. There are a number of factors that will influence what removal option you choose. You can work with the professionals at TAPS to determine which option will be the most effective for your property and align with your preferences.

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