How to Prepare for Termite Treatment
Termites can be a serious problem and can cause millions of dollars in structural damage. To protect yourself, you should prepare for termite treatment, which is often called termite tenting. There are several steps you should take to prepare for termite treatment, including removing plants and houseplants, storing food and medicine, and moving household items to a safe location.
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A termite inspector will perform a thorough inspection of your home. They will look for signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, broken wings, or damaged wood. They will also check your yard for wood debris that could contact your home’s exterior surfaces. You may also have to move items from your attic. Some things to remove include wooden beams and broken roof tiles. These items can interfere with the inspector’s work. You should also make sure there is no water accumulation near your home’s foundation. If there is, use downspouts to divert water away from your home.
If you have pets, make sure they are contained and stay in a safe place. Also, make arrangements to stay away from your home for several days before it is safe to reenter. If your home is being fumigated, you should take care to leave a spare key. The pest control service will monitor the home after the fumigation to ensure that it is safe for you to return.
If your home is undergoing a chemical termiticide treatment, you should make sure all food and medicine are stored in airtight containers. Food should also be double-bagged for extra safety. You may also want to double-bag items with unopened manufacturer’s seals.
You should also double-bag your clothing to avoid any leakage during the fumigation process. You can also use Nylofume bags to protect your items. The bags are made of plastic that absorbs fumigant, and they also provide a level of protection against termite treatment gas.
The pest control service will provide you with specialized bags to protect your food and medicine. You may also want to consider using plastic bedspreads to absorb fumigant. They will also advise you on what you should store in your home before, during, and after termite treatment.
The pest control company will turn off your gas and power lines to the home. They will also remove any plants and house plants that are in the area. You should also use downspouts to divert any water that collects near your home’s foundation.
Termite tenting is a procedure that requires residents to leave their homes for up to 72 hours. The amount of time required will vary depending on the size of your home and the infestation’s severity. In some cases, you may be required to remove all food and perishables from your home before the treatment.
During the fumigation process, you may also need to remove pets. You should also avoid bringing in any new food items. Food that is already in glass containers will need to be washed after the treatment is complete. Also, you will need to move any items that are against the walls of your home two feet away.