How to Prepare for Termite Tenting

Termite Fumigation Tent

Termite tenting is the name given to the process of getting rid of termites if you have a large infestation in your house. This anti-termite technique is a very effective way of dealing with the extermination of these pests. The process involves protecting the area under the attack of termites with a tent or polyethylene shrouds. After the tenting is in place, a termite killing gas is released and it gets rid of pests in every nook and cranny of the house. Following is how to prepare for termite tenting:

Step 1 - Educate Yourself about the Procedure

What is tenting? It is the process of completely covering your affected property with a tent, tarp, or a polyethylene cover and then giving a full blast of an anti-bug spray, which, when released, eradicates all the termites. Big fans are placed in different areas to circulate the gas in the house. This procedure takes care of rampant termite infestations. This method is great because not only does it take care of the ‘procreative’ adult insects, but also of the future termites.

Step 2 - Move out for a Few Days


Once you decide on the tenting procedure, you have to prepare well in advance so that safety procedures are followed for your whole family, including pets. It would be advisable to stay away 48 hours or more, if the termite eradication company advises, so the toxins released complete their job well. Secure all the food items in sealed bags specially provided by the insect control organization. Once the house is evacuated, the toxin is released. Place special signs warning people to stay away in case someone comes over inadvertently.

Step 3 - The Process

Quarantine your house for 24 hours while the toxin is released. On the second day, remove the tent or tarp cover and air the rooms well. On the third day the anti-termite people view the house with the help of special instruments to make sure the house is cleared from both the termites and the anti-bug chemical. Make sure you have killed all the termites living under your house along with any subterranean termites that might have adopted your home.

Step 4 - After the Procedure

termite mound

Though the gas released does not stick to surfaces, it is still better to wipe each piece of furniture well. In the kitchen, wash clean the cooking utensils and wipe the countertops so the entire residue is gone. The pest control company has the latest equipment that checks if there are any toxins in the surrounding atmosphere, and if so, they take care of the problem right away.

Step 5 - Follow-Up Plan

After a successful procedure, work with the fumigation company to formulate a follow-up plan with their instruments to check if there is any danger of re-infestation. You should be aware that the gas will kill the worker termites, but not the eggs. Hopefully, the baby termites will die when they are not provided with any food after being hatched.