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I Saw a Termite Inside the House! What Do I Do Now?

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM by Fran Oneto

I Saw a Termite Inside the House! What Do I Do Now? | San Joaquin Pest Control

I’ve got some bad news: if you’re here because you spotted a termite inside your home, you’re in trouble. You see, termites are very private critters that don’t like to interact with humans. They’re perfectly content staying inside your walls, traveling back and forth to the nest without disruption. So if you found one actually crawling inside the home, then you’ve probably got termites throughout the structure. And that means you’re due for a structural fumigation.

Do I need a fumigation?

More than likely. But that’s not a question we’ll be able to answer here. The only way to be sure is to have a professional pest control company inspect the home. They’ll be able to identify the presence of termites, as well as evaluate how widespread the infestation is.

What difference does that make?

Well, when an infestation is small and isolated to one area of the home, we have a variety of treatment options available. Things like heat treatments, termiticide spray and the Electro-Gun. However, once a termite infestation has spread, these spot treatment are no longer effective. There are simply too many hiding places in the home, and you wouldn’t be able to exterminate every termite.

What happens during a structural fumigation?

It’s a process that can take a few days to a week, depending on the company you hire, the size of the home, and the extent of the infestation. You’ll have to evacuate the home for the duration, and remove your pets and medications.

The pest control company will cover your home in an enormous, brightly-colored tent and then pump it full of gaseous chemicals that will exterminate the termites. This part of the process will only take a few hours. Then, the company will air out the home to allow the chemicals to escape, sometimes with the aid of large fans. Every room will be tested for safety, and once the house is clear, you’re free to return.

So what should I do now?

Call us! Your house must be inspected by a professional to determine the extent of your termite problem. There’s a chance the problem isn’t as bad as we feared – but I wouldn’t bet on it.


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