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Written by Fernando Munoz
on May 23, 2019


Discovering that your home has termites can be very stressful. If you’ve never dealt with termites before you likely have a number of questions. One of the biggest questions you may have is, ‘What should I expect when I have my home treated for termites?’ This is a good question to ask because the process will require that you coordinate with the termite professionals you hire. If you have a severe termite infestation that requires fumigation you can expect to spend some time preparing your home and family. For a less severe infestation, a stay at home treatment may be an option. Learning what to expect from each type of termite treatment will help you understand what steps to take based on the severity of your infestation.


If you have a severe termite infestation in your home then fumigation may be the best option for treatment. Structural fumigation is a termite treatment process that involves putting a specially designed tent over your house. The tent will keep the gases used to kill the termites inside in order to protect the surrounding homes and ensure that every area of your house is permeated. The gases used in this method can permeate the walls and reach termites that are unreachable with other methods. If your home needs fumigation you can expect to do quite a bit of preparation. The food and medicine in your home either needs to be removed or sealed in Nylofume bags for protection. You will also have to make accommodation arrangements for your family and any pets that reside in the home. You can expect to be away from your home around thirty hours and need to make arrangements accordingly. There are other precautions for fumigation that you will discuss with your termite professional prior to treatment. This process is time consuming but it is an effective way to eradicate termites from your home.

Stay at home treatments

There are a number of termite treatment options that do not require you to sleep somewhere else overnight. These options include heat treatment and green treatments. Heat treatment uses heat to kill off termites. A technician will bring specially designed heaters to your property and gradually increase the heat until it reaches a level that is lethal to termites. This entire process can usually be done in one day. There is some preparation required because items in your home may be susceptible to heat damage. You may have to remove or turn off certain items during the treatment. There are a number of green treatments available for eradicating termites including orange oil, borates, and tree bark derivatives. Green termite treatment options can be applied with you and your family in the home. They do not pose a risk to your family but can be effective in eradicating termites. Green treatment options can typically be applied in one day.

You have more than one option when it comes to getting rid of the termites in your home. What you should expect from treatment varies greatly depending on the type of treatment you need. Fumigation is the most time consuming treatment option. The only time structural fumigation is recommended is when it is truly the best option. Stay at home options like heat and green treatments will not have a big impact on your daily life. If one of these options is the most effective you can be done with termites in as little as one day. The most important thing to remember as you prepare for termite treatment is that your home will be termite free once the treatment is over. Getting those destructive pests out of your home is worth whatever effort is required to get ready for treatment.

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