What Is Termite Fumigation

Published: 02nd April 2009
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If you have found yourself with a termite problem and are facing the reality that you have to get rid of it with chemicals which brings to mind termite fumigation concerns. After all, you are using strong chemicals which will be placed in and around places where you and your family live, eat, and breathe. Having termite fumigation concerns is natural and often, there's really no need to worry.

One of the most common chemicals used in termite treatment is Vikane which is a gas that is usually used in conjunction with tenting a home. That means that the whole home is sealed under a tent-like structure and then the Vikane gas is pumped into the home and circulated with fans. The tent is then sealed and left to sit for a day. On the second day, the tent is removed and the house is allowed to air out. By the third day, you can expect to be able to be let back into your house. Many people have a lot of termite fumigation concerns when using this treatment, but the truth is that Vikane gas doesn't stick to objects like furniture or countertops, and once the gas is aired out, there is only a small amount of gas that will remain in your home that has been proven safe for humans to breathe in.

If you are having your home treated with termite control chemicals, your termite fumigation concerns may be even larger because the chemicals will be sprayed around you and you will still be inside the home. It's alright to be concerned, but don't become overly so. Almost all of the chemicals used in termite fumigation these days are safe for humans to be around. The chemicals will be injected into the walls of your home and in the crawl space, so you probably won't have to have direct contact with them and they are OK to breathe in without suffering any damage to your body.

Some other termite fumigation concerns might include thoughts about the fumigation itself. In fact, one of the most common questions asked is whether or not the treatment is effective and will it kill other pests such as spiders and ants. In answer to the first part of that question, the treatment will be effective and will often be guaranteed by your pest control company. Fumigation is a whole house treatment and will get rid of your termite infestation problem. As long as you continue with annual treatments, your house should remain pest free. The second part is also easy to answer. The gas used for the fumigation treatment is meant directly for termites, so, no, it won't get rid of other pests in the home.

You are perfectly justified to have termite fumigation concerns when it comes to you and your family. Rest assured that the only ones being hurt in a termite fumigation are the termites!

To learn about termite facts and kill termites, visit the About Animals website.

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