Finding out you have a termite infestation in your home is bad news. Termites can quickly cause a great deal of damage, so the sooner they’re dealt with, the better off you’ll be. Here’s what to expect during a professional pest control termite removal.
Severe termite infestations may require fumigation. It is the most invasive of all the treatment options for termites because it involves harsh chemicals, and it requires you and any pets you have to leave your home. During fumigation, pest control professionals fill your home with gaseous pesticides. Afterward, it is ventilated, so you can safely return to your home.
Depending on your home’s design and the severity of the infestation, fumigation can take between several hours and several days. When possible, many people prefer to try other options first because being displaced from your home for that long is inconvenient.
In some cases, fumigation isn’t an option due to local regulations or environmental concerns. Pest control professionals can use heat to treat a termite infestation instead. It’s faster than fumigation, but it requires a lot of preparation beforehand.
Not every building is suitable for heat treatment, so a pest control expert will perform an inspection before making the recommendation. You will have to leave your house, as will pets and any items that heat could damage.
Only professionals should attempt heat treatments. Even then, there’s still a risk that damage will occur. Most of the time, heat treatments will only be applied to attics to avoid extensive damage in a home.
Termite baiting is one of the best and least invasive methods for removing termites. During termite baiting, a pest control expert will set up bait stations. After the termites have found the stations and gotten comfortable using them as a food source, it’s replaced with poison. The termite workers ingest the poison and die. They no longer bring food back for the others, and the colony collapses.
Many homeowners prefer termite baiting because it’s safe, effective and doesn’t require them to leave their homes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added an additional layer of worry to allowing someone into your home, and it may have made you reluctant to seek the help you need. We’re committed to protecting your family during this time, so all of our technicians will wear masks, gloves and booties in addition to practicing social distancing.
Contact Midwestern Termite & Pest Control today for a free inspection without worrying about putting your family at risk.