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How Long Does Fumigation Take To Kill Termites?

Termite infestations can cause a lot of damage to your home, and it’s important to get them taken care of as soon as possible. Fumigation is one of the most common methods used to get rid of termites, but how long does fumigation take? Our pest control expert answer that question and give you some tips on what to do after fumigation.

How Does Fumigation Work?

Fumigation is an easy process where your home is sealed off and filled with poisonous gas. This gas kills the termites, but it’s also dangerous for humans and pets. That’s why you have to leave your home during the fumigation process.

After fumigation, you will need to stay out of your home for a while. You should also remove all of your belongings and keep them in a safe place. Make sure to stay away from the home until the termite fumigation work team tells you it is safe to return.

After the fumigation is complete, a licensed fumigator will open the doors and drawers in your home to optimize the gas’s effectiveness. This will allow the gas to reach all of the termites in your home.

Length Of Time For Structural Fumigation

The structural fumigation process usually takes about 24 hours. But you will need to stay out of your home for at least 72 hours after the fumigation is complete. This is to make sure that the gas has dissipated and it’s safe for you to return.

Moreover, the fumigation process can take longer either your home is big or if there is a lot of furniture. The fumigation team will need to seal off each room and make sure that all of the gas is gone before you can return.

While this termite tenting process takes place, you need to do some necessary things including:

The Preparation

To protect yourself and your family from the chemicals, you have to remove the things from home like pets, plants, and other things. Make sure to keep them in a safe place until the fumigation is complete. You will also need to remove all of your belongings and keep them in a safe place. Take comprehensive protection because termite fumigants do not leave permanent residues in a home or on household items

The Process

During the termite fumigation process, you need to make sure that all windows and doors are sealed. The fumigation team will place tarps over your home or infested areas to make sure that the gas doesn’t escape.

Use Of Fogging Devices

Fogging devices should only be used when necessary, as they can release harmful chemicals into the air. Make sure to consult with a pest control company before using a fogging device.

The After-Effects

To make you safe from pesticides that are used by pest controllers, you need to open your house after the process completion. You and your family should keep all windows and doors open until the air has cleared. Make sure to stay away from the home until the fumigation team tells you it’s safe to return.

The Timeline

So, from start to finish, the entire process of fumigation usually takes about three days. However, this is just a general estimate – each pest control company has its special method for fumigation. Make sure to consult with your chosen pest control company to get a more accurate estimate of how long the fumigation will take to kill termite infestation in the home.

What Is The Duration Process Of Fumigation?

The duration process of the tent fumigation treatment might take up to three days. Here is the detailed timeline of what will happen during those three days:

Fumigation Day 1

The fumigation will take place on the first day. All windows and doors must be sealed for the process to work. The fumigation team will also place tarps over your home to make sure that the gas doesn’t escape.

Fumigation Day 2

On day 2, the gas will have dissipated and it will be safe for you to return. The pest control company will open all windows and doors in your home to optimize the gas’s effectiveness. This will allow the gas to reach all of the drywood termites in your home. The fumigator will then open the inlet/outlet ventilation system, which will help to circulate the fumigant gas and speed up the process to target pest.

Fumigation Day 3 

Once the tarps have been removed, the fumigation crew will leave your home. By day 3, the fumigation treatment process is completed and you can return to your home. Make sure to open all windows and doors to air out your home. The pest company or certified termite expert will then do a final check to make sure that all of the subterranean termites are gone.

Points To Consider After Fumigation

When the fumigation process is complete, the exterminators will take the tent off your home. When the tent is removed, the gas will dissipate very quickly. You will not have to wash any dishes or clothes after fumigation. Some of the points you need to consider are:

  • Do not enter your home until the all-clear has been given by the fumigation company.
  • When you do enter your home, open all of the doors and windows to air out the home.
  • Leave any food that was in your home during the fumigation process outside. Do not bring any food into your home until the all-clear has been given.
  • Wash all of your dishes, cookware, and utensils before using them.
  • Wash all of your bedding and clothing.
  • Do a final check of your home to make sure that all of the termites are gone.

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