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Written by Tim Denner
on June 24, 2021

Termites are one of the most feared types of pests. They have the ability to cause serious and expensive damage to your Los Gatos, CA home. If you suspect termites in your home, it is important to deal with them as soon as possible. The longer you allow termites to remain, the more damage they will cause. And, the more damage they cause, the more repairs will cost. There are a number of different termite treatment options available in Los Gatos, CA. The best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of the infestation and the location of the termites.

Green treatments

Green treatment is a broad category used to describe several types of termite treatment options. Termite treatment options that are considered ‘green’ are those that are better for the environment and safe enough for your family and pets to remain home during the treatment. Orange oil, borates, and tree bark derivatives are examples of green solutions for eradicating termites.

Heat treatment

Radiant heat is another treatment option for termites. Heat can be used to kill off drywood termites that are in your house. In as little as one day, you can eliminate drywood termites with non-toxic, non-chemical heat treatment. The temperature in the room is raised using equipment the termite technician brings in. Once the temperature reaches a certain level it is left on for a pre-determined amount of time – around an hour and a half. This extended exposure to high heat can eliminate the drywood termites that infested your Los Gatos home.

Structural fumigation

Structural fumigation is the most extreme option for eliminating termites from your Los Gatos, CA home. This process involves encapsulating your home in a tent designed specifically for this purpose. Once your home is secured, a gas termiticide is released and allowed to permeate every area of your home. The tent will remain on your home for a few days in order to ensure complete permeation. Once it is safe to do so the tent will be removed. This process requires you to do prep work at your home – removing food and medications or securing them in specially designed bags. You also have to move out of your home for several days in order for the fumigation process to take place. Structural fumigation is only recommended in situations where other treatment options would not be effective.

The examples above briefly cover some of the termite treatment options available in Los Gatos, CA. The right treatment or combination of treatment options can vary from place to place. Your termite pro will inspect your house and make a treatment recommendation based on the unique needs of your property. You can get started by scheduling a termite inspection from the pros at TAPS Termite.

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