Before, During & After

Once you realize your home is infested with termites, it’s easy to decide to get rid of them. But what does that really entail? Termite fumigation expert Jon Heath, owner of Heath Pest Control, keeps up with the industry with advanced training and has managed hundreds of fumigation projects large and small.

Here are the answers Jon has provided to the questions we hear the most from our satisfied local customers.

Q. What exactly is tent fumigation?

Our workers will place a rubber tent made of a PVC coated material over your entire house and make sure it is sealed tight to the ground.  Gas fumigant is then released into the tent to kill the termite infestation throughout the structure. 

Q. How do I prepare my home for fumigation?

Get a place to stay: The decision of where to go – to stay with friends, get an Air B&B or a hotel room, is predicated how much space you need for yourself, your family, and your pets.

Vacate pets and plants too. Pets should not be left in or near the home. Take them with you or arrange alternative boarding. Don’t leave house plants inside: take them with you or place them at least 3 feet away from your house.

Remove food: Any open food or unsealed foodstuffs from your pantry, refrigerator, countertops, or any other place must be removed from the home. This includes toothpaste, medications, tobacco products, and so on.

Trim outdoor plants: Clear plants about two feet away from the structure.  This will safeguard your plants and make room for a good tent seal to the ground.

Open all doors and cabinets, including the doors to your house: Our exterminators must access all parts of your home (including safes and gun cabinets) during the fumigation process. Valuables and any other items you are not comfortable leaving should be removed from the home.

Turn off the gas. If your home relies on gas energy at all, it needs to be shut off. If you can’t do this yourself, arrange a temporary shut off time with your gas company.

Q. What do I need to know about returning to my home?

Your Heath Pest Control termite fumigation expert will confirm when it’s safe to come home with your pets, plants, medicines, etc. Once you enter the house, you may find dead termites and other dead pests along floors or surfaces. You may also see termite droppings on your windowsills and floors. Clean up all that debris and you are good to go!

Need a Termite Fumigation Expert?

If you suspect your home has a termite infestation, don’t delay. Call Heath Pest Control for an inspection or click here to request an appointment.  Our professionals have been taking care of our local community’s pest control needs for nearly 20 years.