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Extermination through Fumigation—To tent or not to tent, that is the question.

When most people see a fumigation, the only thing they see is a large “circus tent” covering a structure. But most people are not aware why the structure has been tented. Are they treating for termites? Are they doing a bed bug treatment ? Are they trying to clear up a roach infestation? The answer could be any of the above or for something completely different. Pest control may or may not require fumigation tenting—but it is based on specific situations. So when should someone consider having their structure tented?

 The first and most important step in determining whether or not your structure may need a fumigation is Identification. There are many different types of termites and wood-destroying organisms (WDO’s) that can attack and nest within a structure. While some WDO’s may be living in the wood like drywood termites, or powder-post beetles, others will invade a structure from an exterior source like a woodpile next to the house, or the soil underneath the structure. Identifying what pest has actually made it’s way into the structure will determine what type of treatment is best.

Another consideration is the type of structure in question. Some structures might be limited in options depending on many factors. Does the structure have a crawlspace? Is it accessible? Does it have an accessible attic? Many structures are unique and may have limits on options available. This is why you MUST call a licensed professional to inspect the property to see what the issue is and what are your current options.

Currently on the market there are several different treatments available. All will vary in technique and price. Some providers offer heat treatments, liquid treatments, foam treatments, or even just spot treatments, and of course fumigation tenting. Just be sure to speak with a professional certified company to insure the best mode of action.

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