Everything You Need to Know About Termite Fumigation
At Eco Pest, we were obsessed about finding and offering the most effective solution to eliminating these destructive pests. Here we share what we've learned about termite tent fumigation and why it works.
So you've seen these small winged insects in your home. You’ve probably also noticed the small wood pellet piles and discarded wings in the same spot a few times. It's time to face it - you have termites!
Unfortunately, Bermuda offers the perfect climate for these destructive insects. We have the right humidity, temperature and abundance of soft wood to harbour these species. So what can you do about it? Baygon and other common household insecticides don’t have termites listed as one of its targeted pests.
So you turn to the web for answers and you find tons of different ‘quick fixes’ or ‘cheap alternatives’. They suggest drilling into your wood beams and furniture, spreading harmful boric acid over your property, or heating up your cabinets and isolated areas to high temperatures. In the end you’re still left with termites, and more confused than ever before.
We know what you’re going through. We've all been there before. At Eco Pest, we made it our mission to find the best way to eliminate these pests, and in this post we'd like to share what we've learned with you.
Fumigation is the best treatment
The only way to rid your home or structure of termites with 100% surety is to fumigate it. The pest control market in the US is a $16.2 billion industry with a lot of fierce competition. There are hundreds of companies working with R&D teams trying to find the best way to solve this problem. Fumigation continues to be the most effective solution they fall upon.
Fumigating a structure ensures the entire building and all of its wooden components are treated completely. You may see wood dusting or wings in a certain spot and think the infestation is only there. However, it is usually not the case. If there is an infestation, it is likely that it has affected a whole host of different wood structures within your home or building.
What about spot treatments?
Spot treatments do not work. They only kill off some, and not the entire termite colony each time they’re used. What's worse, it will seem as if you’ve killed the colony but those termites keep multiplying deeper into their network and will chew through wood away from where the treatment is being done. It simply deflects the problem out of sight.
Many spot treatments, like drilling and placing termicides, will actually destroy your wood even further. The termicides will kill the termites that it comes in contact with, however, it is impossible to get contact with the entire colony as they start burrowing from the middle outwards.
What about heat treatments?
Eco Pest looked into heat treatment when we began our search for the most effective termite solution. Based on what we've learned, we decided not to offer this treatment to our customers as it simply does not work. Just like all other spot treatments, it will kill some termites, but not the entire colony.
There are a couple of significant issues with heat treatment. First, it is very difficult to maintain such high levels of heat for an extended period of time and is only effective to the area being targeted (not the whole structure). Second, heat treatment leaves your home very susceptible to damage - splitting wood floors, melting plastics, causing cracks in walls, and the list goes on.
Fumigation provides a much safer, effective and comprehensive form of treatment.
What happens during a fumigation?
When Eco Pest fumigates a home we start with wrapping the entire structure in our tarps (just like wrapping a big present!). These tarps create a very tight seal, letting little to no air pass in or out. Once the structure is sealed, the gas fumigant is then introduced inside the structure. The gas used is 'Vikane', an industry leading product. It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is 100% effective in destroying termites. Within the tent, a calculated concentration of Vikane is maintained for a distinct period of time to ensure an effective kill of the termites.
Due to the non-residual properties of the fumigant, there is no required cleaning to any furniture, floors, clothing or bedding. The water in your tank is also completely unharmed as the gas is non-water soluble.
We have specialized equipment to ensure the structure is completely clear before we allow any person back in to the structure.
Why is fumigation so expensive?
Fumigating a home is a serious undertaking. There is a great deal of labor involved in getting a full structure wrapped to the proper standards. Our use of the most effective materials for fumigation comes at a premium price, and the amounts used will vary depending on the size of the structure and other variables.
We also have your safety as our top priority. We have security on-premise around the clock to ensure there are no break-ins, and that no one tries to re-enter the structure while the fumigation is underway. The entire fumigation process usually takes a minimum of 2 days.
How do I get my house fumigated?
Give Eco Pest a call. We are Bermuda’s newest option for termite fumigation.
At Eco Pest, we strive to provide the best service possible. We understand how much of an inconvenience the fumigation process can be, so we do everything we can to ensure you have the best customer experience possible.
Eco Pest technicians will work with you to find a time that suits your schedule, and will leave your home just as we found it . If you have termites, choose Eco Pest for fumigation - we're here for you. Contact us today!