Many homeowners delay termite treatment or repeat “spot treatments” over and over in the hope that they will be spared the expense and hassle of “tenting”, but this approach is usually detrimental—the longer you delay the inevitable, the more time the termites have to burrow deeper and do more damage. The expense incurred by a termite infestation that is left unchecked will far outstrip the cost of a tent fumigation, so it’s better to act quickly and schedule a tenting session with a pest control professional.
What Is The Average Termite Tenting Cost?
How much tenting will cost depends on the size of your home; if you have a small home, e.g. around 1200 square feet, you can expect to pay as little as $1000 for a complete tent fumigation or about $3000 at maximum if the infestation is severe. If you have a large home, e.g. 2500 square feet, you will likely need to pay in the range of $2,500-$4,000. When you consider the fact that repairing a damaged foundation or destroyed wood support beams can cost in the range of $5000-$10,000, tent treatment emerges as the clearly more economical option.
What Should I Expect During A Tent Fumigation?
You, your family, and your pets will need to leave the home for at least a few days while the gas is pumped throughout the house. Certain items may also need to be removed from your home (consumables in particular), while others will have to be covered so that the gas does not damage them. Your pest control professional should be able to advise you on what will need to be removed and stored.
On the first day of the tent fumigation, your house will be covered a tarp, and then an odorless gas (usually with a scented agent added for safety reasons) will be pumped through the home, killing all termites within it. On the second day of the fumigation, the tent will be removed and the house will be completely aired out, making it once again completely safe for human inhabitants.
Is Termite Tenting Always 100 Percent Effective?
Termite tent treatment is guaranteed to kill 100 percent of indoor termites; however, there is one caveat buyers should be aware of: Gas fumigation cannot kill termites which have burrowed deep in the soil around a home, and as such, unless precautionary measures are taken there is a chance that these termites may invade the home, restarting the infestation. If you also have subterranean termites, make sure that your pest control professional also treats the soil around your home with chemicals, creating a chemical “barrier” around your home to prevent re-infestation.
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