WHEN THE TENT GOES UP
TERMITES GO DOWN
Drywood termites can destroy your home. But they can’t hide from Flamingo Pest Control. Our termite fumigation (“tenting”) process is a complete and effective treatment for getting rid of your termite problem for good.
AN INFESTATION CAN CAUSE $8,000 IN DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME
Average repairs: $7,229 from 2016 survey by Decision Analysts for TMX independent contractors in the TMX network. Estimated treatment: $1,363. Every home is different; repair costs may vary.
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ST AUGUSTINE FL
TERMITE FUMIGATION AND TERMITE TENTING
Termite Fumigation and Termite Tenting In St Augustine FL
Dry wood and other termites in St Augustine, Florida are great at playing hide-and-seek and can become invisible in seconds through fast dispersal. Dry wood infestations are considered one of the toughest that exist. They can burrow deep into the wooden beams that support your home and make surface treatments ineffective. When you need termite fumigation, but the termites have become impossible to find, termite tenting is the solution. In addition, if your house has more than two termite colonies, tenting is the answer because it gets rid of all the termites in your house or office. Since every corner of your house is treated, there are no termites to rebuild a colony. Termite tenting should only be done by experienced, licensed pest management company to ensure 100 percent removal of termites.
Ground termites or subterranean termites have been around for years, but St Augustine, FL has been invaded by the Formosan Subterranean termite species that also destroys cables and wires, which may pose a fire hazard. According to the University of Florida, Formosan Subterranean termites are the most destructive species of termite in the world. While they don’t eat cement, they do cause an amazing amount of damage to wood. Damp wood termites are also found in the St Augustine area although they are rare. The warm, humid climate is suitable for many species of termites as it never gets too cold for them.
When termite fumigation is localized or focused on one or two colonies, it is usually the case that some termites escape, and eventually start new colonies. In addition, spot termite fumigation may require structural changes to your home as you drill into support beams to find the colonies. Termite tenting also solves these problems because it penetrates all of the wood under your house, in the walls, eaves and attics. The termites are eliminated within the structure. Formosan Subterranean termites build a carton nest that retains moisture so they are unaffected by spot fumigation.
Termite tenting is best done by professionals. Before the process starts, all the food, plants, bed sheets, pets, people and other edible items like medications are removed from the house. Cans and jars that are factory-sealed do not need to be removed. We will give you a list of things that should be removed and we will see that all the appliances are turned off and any gas flames and pilot lights are off.
You may also check the outside of your house to make sure the tent can reach the ground. This may mean moving potted plants even from patios and cutting back tree branches and shrubs to leave at least one foot of space around the structure. It is recommended to water any plants around the house heavily as an added precaution.
The large tarps cover the entire building and are secured with heavy sand snakes at the foundation. Our professionals will place fans and open all of the doors and drawers. The structure will then be secured with secondary locks on the entryways and warning signs will be posted around the area.
When the tent is properly sealed and the inside and outside properly prepared, the fumigant will be introduced into the building. The time it takes for the fumigant to penetrate into the wood, is predetermined.
The next day, when the time is right, a professional will open a predetermined area to begin airing the building. Usually, on the third day, the building is fully aired and the tarps can be removed. Air samples will be taken inside the house to measure the level of fumigant. When the house is clear, a notice will be put on the front door indicating the time and date the house was certified safe for you to move back in. The secondary locks and warning signs will be removed. Most termite tenting takes about two to three days. Occupants can move back in at the end of the third day, usually around 5 pm. You should not attempt to enter the house until the fumigators have given the all clear.
If you have any questions or concerns about termite tenting, you should feel free to ask your professional pest control expert. He or she will check the inside and outside of your house to make sure it is ready for tenting. Some of the guidelines a qualified, certified pest control expert will use are:
- Make sure that the chemicals used to fumigate your home cannot pass through drains or the tent to adjacent buildings
- Bring in wooden patio furniture to make sure it gets fumigated too
- Open all the doors and windows and air the house with electric fans
- Check the level of pesticide inside the house before allowing you to enter
There are a few things you can do to prevent termites from making colonies in your home. Make sure any wooden objects you buy such as antique furniture or railroad ties don’t have termites.
Wooden fence posts and house foundations should not be connected to the ground. Posts can be anchored with cement. If you have any structural wood at ground level, it can be pressure treated against termites.
Make sure your gutters are cleared of debris and fix any leaking taps or water lines, to avoid wood becoming moist. Arrange the outdoor sprinklers so they don’t get your outside walls wet.
Termites also infest decks, trees, boats, exterior wood landscaping and playgrounds.
It is recommended to have your home examined by an expert at least once a year to make sure no termite colonies have started. Even one infestation can cost thousands of dollars to repair if it goes untreated. If you are buying a new house, it goes without saying to have it checked for infestations. Termite tenting may seem like a major step that you would like to avoid, but it is the only sure way to rid your house of any type of termite, and with our licensed, experienced professionals, tenting can be a safe and easy process.