Termites can be a serious problem for homeowners. They eat away at the wood in your home and cause major structural damage that will cost you thousands of ringgit to repair. Luckily, there is a way to protect your home from these pests: professional termite tenting.
This process involves placing a protective covering over your house and filling it with an insecticide gas that kills any remaining termites inside the house.
To know more about termite tenting, check out the information below:
What Is Termite Tenting?
For those with mild infestations, local termite exterminators in Malaysia often just perform chemical treatments or set up baiting systems.
However, if termites are found in several rooms or there are extensive infestations, the entire house may need to be tented. This is an expensive process that can cost you up to hundreds to thousands of ringgit for a small two-bedroom home.
This termite procedure involves enclosing the entire affected structure with a tent and applying a termite-killing gas to kill and destroy the termite colonies. Termite tenting enables the gas to permeate the wood and exterminate the termites on the spot.
The procedure is often done by a professional and should only be performed by a licensed exterminator.
If you consider this option, make sure you research which companies have high standards and will use the best materials to ensure safety for your family.
The Process of Termite Tenting
Typically, the specialist will place a tent over the whole framework of your house and then connect a fan and hose towards the tent to blast the termite-killing gas into the property.
Termite tenting may take up to 2 days, allowing you to return on day three. When the tent is removed, the gas utilized immediately evaporates and leaves no harmful residue behind.
In most cases, certain things are needed to make the process of termite tenting successful. These often involve:
- Removing house plants that might be affected by the toxic gas
- Trimming trees and shrubs that may interfere with the tenting treatment
- Protecting food items and supplies
- Clearing the entire yard of debris where the tent will be placed
Are Termite Tenting and Fumigation Effective?
Based on several research and trials, tenting is one of the most effective and long-lasting termite treatment methods. It is very successful at destroying colonies and can control termites for years before you might need another round of treatment.
However, remember that not every case of termite tenting is needed for an infestation. You need to make sure that your home is truly infested. If the termites are only present in one room, you may be able to get away with just a chemical treatment solution.
If you suspect there is an issue, make sure to contact an experienced pest control company for an inspection and quote before taking any actions against them yourself or hiring unlicensed workers who can misuse or mishandle chemicals.
Are Termite Tenting & Fumigation Safe?
Although termite tenting and fumigation is safe, it is still recommended to stay out of the house during the process. In addition, you will need to make arrangements for your pets and ensure they are safe during this time as well.
You may also need to move out all food items and keep valuable items that will be in direct contact with the treatment fumes.
Your neighbors may notice a strange smell when you return, so it is best to prepare them in case they have questions or concerns about what you’re doing in your home and why there was a change in odor around your property.
In addition, bed linens, clothes, and pillows must be removed and stored. Area rugs and carpets must also be taken out to prevent them from becoming discolored, as the gas may cause this result.
Ensure no one enters your home during this time unless they are allowed to do so by the company performing the treatment. If you have pet cages, cover them with special plastic sheets to protect them from the chemicals that might stick to them.
Termite tenting is the process of putting a protective barrier around your home to keep termites out. This can be done by covering any openings in the foundation with an impermeable material, such as tarps or plastic sheets.
If you’re considering having this service completed on your property, simply contact our team today for more information about how we protect homes from pests!