Termite Tenting – What is It?
Termite tenting, also called fumigation, is a method of treating large infestations of dry wood termites. Because the procedure is very expensive, it is recommended that there be evidence of a large infestation before resorting to this method of killing termites. However, despite persistent concerns, there appears to be no lasting residue or risk of injury to humans and pets once the procedure has run its course and the tent has been removed.
Although the procedure is believed to be effective, it has no impact on subterranean pests or unhatched eggs, although the theory holds that since there will not be any workers available to feed the nymphs, they will starve to death. Also, such treatment does not stop new colonies from taking up residence at your home when a new swarm arrives. Nevertheless, and despite being the bane of environmentalists, the procedure continues to be employed and even required to be done in some states before a house can be sold.
Tenting involves covering your house with a tent or tarp and then flooding the house with a gas, the most widely used is Vikane or sulfuryl fluoride, which penetrates the wood killing the unwanted guests. The gas is said to be odorless and tasteless and should clear from the house by the time the tent is removed and the house is aired out before people and pets return. This type of treatment involves lots and lots of preparation and requires you and other family members to leave the house for one or two days and even longer periods at times. It reduces stress if the family makes a vacation out of the event or take this opportunity to visit the grandparents.
Because of the cost, extensive and time consuming preparations, as well as environmental concerns, many experts argue that this method of extermination should be used only as a last resort.