Termite tenting is a term used to describe a process that involves enclosing a structure in a large, tent-like cover and then fumigating it with a gas that kills termites. The tent is usually made of a heavy-duty material such as tarpaulin or nylon and is secured around the perimeter of the building. The gas used to kill the termites is usually a form of Vikane gas, which is colorless, odorless, and non-flammable.
How Does Termite Tenting Work?
Termite tenting is a complex process that involves several steps. Here is an overview of how the process works:
Step 1: Preparation
Before the tenting process begins, you will need to prepare your home or structure. This includes removing all plants and flowers from around the building, as well as cutting back any overhanging branches or foliage. You will also need to remove any pets, people, or items that may be harmed by the fumigation.
Step 2: Tenting
Once your home or structure is prepared, your Heath Pest professional termite team will begin the tenting process. A large tent will be placed over the building, and the edges will be secured to the ground to create a seal. The tent is typically left in place for 24 to 72 hours to ensure that the gas has enough time to penetrate all areas of the structure and kill any termites.
Step 3: Fumigation
Once the tent is in place, we will introduce the fumigant gas into the structure. This is usually done by releasing the gas through small vents that are placed around the perimeter of the building. The gas will then circulate throughout the structure, penetrating all areas and killing any termites that are present.
Step 4: Aeration
After the fumigation process is complete, your Heath Pest termite team will begin the aeration process. This involves removing the gas from the structure and replacing it with fresh air. The aeration process typically takes several hours, and it is important to follow all safety guidelines and instructions during this time.
Step 5: Inspection
Once the aeration process is complete, your Heath Pest Control professional will inspect the structure to ensure that all termites have been eradicated. If any termites are found, we may recommend additional treatments to ensure that the infestation is completely eliminated.
If you are concerned about termites, call us at Heath Pest Control for a termite inspection.