Chances are if you have turned up this article in a search, you are going to be tenting your house to fumigate for termites or other pests. The chemicals that go into the structural fumigation are absolutely no joke, and include formaldehyde, phosphine, sulfuryl fluoride, and others. In fact, burglars have entered homes under fumigation only to leave with much less than they bargained for – including their lives. Here are a few tips to help you get through your home’s fumigation.
- A pest control company should be willing to provide written description of the chemicals that will be used in fumigation process. A company that refuses to provide such documentation may be using older chemicals that have been banned such as methyl bromide and chlorpyrifos.
- Since you will be out of the home for at least 48 hours, you may want to ask the pest control company if they work with a home security firm or patrol. Sometimes a pest control company will have a relationship with a security firm to provide a guard or a patrol for the period of the fumigation and the airing out of the home. You can also request that local law enforcement to make occasional checks on the home while it is tented.
- On the outside of the house you will want to trim back shrubbery and plantings, allowing 18 to 24 inches of space for the tent to lie on the ground. Any climbing plants attached to the house must be removed, and you will want to dig up any bulbs within the perimeter. On the day fumigation it is recommended that you water the cleared area around […]