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Five Tips for Preparing Your Home or Building for Fumigation

Five Tips for Preparing Your Home or Building for Fumigation

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While you may have taken every precaution imaginable, sometimes termites and other wood eating insects can still invade and infest your home to the point where bug bombs and other spot treatments will not be effective. When this happens, bringing in a team of professional fumigators to have your entire home encased (tented) and fumigated may be neede. Once it has been determined that this is necessary, you will have to prepare your home and family for the inconvenience that will follow. To help make the process go smoother, here are five tips that may help.

  1. Sit down with the pest control company you will be working with and review the information on the fumigant that will be used so you have an understanding of how it works, and what will need to be done once the process is completed. Ask for a checklist of “To-do’s” and follow it.
  2. Make living arrangements for you, your family, your pets, and your plants as no one will be allowed to enter the building once the gas is released. Cut back plants around your home, water them thoroughly, and loosely cover them.
  3. Cover exposed surfaces in your home and furniture as directed by the fumigators; double-bag or remove food in the refrigerator, freezer, cupboards, or the pantry (canned and bottled goods excepted); remove plastic coverings from mattresses and seat cushions; remove toiletries; clothing will need to be double-bagged in plastic or removed.
  4. The fumigators will need electricity, so do not have that service stopped. However, check with them to see if gas service needs to be suspended for the duration. Make sure sprinklers are not set to run while the tent is being erected. Turn off and unplug appliances and fixtures (except the refrigerator and freezer if you leave food in them).
  5. Pack enough clothing and other materials to last the duration of your time away from home, with a little extra in case something unforeseen arises. Also, make sure to bring all required medications and medical devices with you. Remember- you will not be able to reenter until the fumigation company gives the “all clear.”

One final note – be flexible. Inclement weather can delay or even interrupt starting the fumigation process. A little patience will make a big difference in getting through the time you will be out of your home.
Though an inconvenience, once the fumigation process is complete, your home will be bug free and the company that performed the fumigation will help you take steps to keep an infestation from reoccurring.

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