If you’re inquiring about structural fumigation, then you must be dealing with a termite problem: my condolences. You’ve worked hard to become a homeowner and you’re undoubtedly proud of the home you’ve been able to build with your family – and now these pesky little insects are trying to wreck that.
The good news is, a structural fumigation is very effective against termites. In fact, in the State of California, a structural fumigation is the only certified, guaranteed method for ridding a home of termites.
So what can you expect during this process? Read on to find out:
You have to make yourself scarce for a few days
A structural fumigation will take at least 2-3 days, and depending on the customs and methods of your pest control company, could take up to a week. Every pest control company has a slightly different approach to fumigations, which means slightly different timelines, but plan on being out of the house for multiple days.
Don’t forget about Fido
If you have any pets, the house won’t be safe for them either. So find a dogsitter for Fido and remove those goldfish you won at the fair. Additionally, any medications should be taken from the house as well; they could become tainted by the chemicals used in fumigations.
Your house will be pumped full of chemicals
That probably sounds a lot worse than it is. The pest control company will use airborne chemicals that will kill termites wherever they are in the home. The fact that it is airborne will allow it to penetrate every area where termites may be, including inside walls, crawlspaces and the attic.
Most of the process involves making your home safe again
The chemical part of the fumigation is relatively short, taking less than a day. The rest of the time, the pest control company will air out your house, likely utilizing giant fans to speed up the process.
The home will be thoroughly tested
By law, pest control companies have to test your house meticulously to ensure it’s safe to re-enter. They will test every room in the house before giving it the green light.