We are known for prioritizing spot treatment and regarding tent fumigation as a last resort. So we often get asked: “do spot treatments really get the job done?” The answer is yes—unless the colony is too large or has spread too much throughout the property!
A Lake Forest client of ours had previously hired a well-known national pest control company to remove termites that had been damaging their home. Despite the reputation of the pest control brand, multiple attempts resulted in spot treatments that repeatedly failed. Unfortunately, the termites were never fully removed, costing our client time and money while causing frustration and fear
The homeowners almost lost hope and patience before calling us at Natural Science Exterminating! They asked if and how we could put an end to their nightmare. After a thorough inspection of the home, we discovered that the infestation had not been properly identified. We explained that the problem was deep and that tent fumigation should have been previously recommended to them. The client asked if we could carefully tent fumigate around their fragile arbors and pergolas. Our answer was yes!
Keep reading to learn about the benefits of tent fumigation and why it is sometimes the best solution for recurring termites!
The Life Of A Termite
Termites are a resilient and crafty species of insects with remarkable abilities. A single termite exists solely for the purpose of its colony to survive and propagate. Each termite has a designated role in sustaining its colony: reproducing, gathering resources, building, swarming, and more.
Cellulose is their food source, which they obtain from eating wood, which is the material used to build the structures of homes across the country.
The drive to survive is deeply entrenched in the DNA of a termite and its colony. As such, to truly remove a termite problem means an exterminator must remove every single member of a colony from the property. A termite colony may contain hundreds to millions of individual critters; any treatment that misses a spot or leaves any survivors is an incomplete job.
The Benefits Of Tent Fumigation
There are several reasons why a spot treatment fails. Typically, a spot treatment fails if the exterminator’s inspection fails to discover the full extent of the problem.
Tent fumigation is a termite treatment that leaves no stone unturned. Stubborn colonies stand no chance against tent fumigation, as the fumigant reaches every nook and cranny, even areas that aren’t accessible with other methods. Tent fumigation does not require multiple attempts, which can make life easier for owners and occupants. To ensure safety, people, pets, plants, food, medication, and elements of life are to be vacated from the premises before the property is sealed and a gaseous termiticide is released. After a designated waiting period, the property is free of termites and safe to live in.
While we regard tent fumigation as a last resort, it is sometimes the only effective treatment for severe infestations. It kills the opportunity for young offspring to develop, removing the entire colony including the eggs.
The ultimate goal of extermination, whether through spot treatment or tent fumigation, is to ensure that every termite and trace of the colony is removed. In some cases, spot treatment and even natural solutions can achieve this perfectly. In other cases, nothing else except tent fumigation will come close to getting the job done.
An excellent exterminator will make the right call—talk to us today and we’ll give you a free assessment of all the possible options.
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