Termite infestation can devastate homes and properties therein. Dry-wood termites do not just eat up a home’s foundation; they also spread on to hardwood furniture, cabinets, armoires, and other woody properties leaving a distressing trail of destruction. As a homeowner, finding a way to get rid of these horrible creatures is on top of your priority list. When you are wary of fumigation’s side effects, termite heat treatment is cut just right for your home.
Proven effective, thermal pest control comes highly recommended by many eco-friendly homes and communities across the country. It is the perfect alternative to the well-established tenting-fumigation technique. Here’s a concise primer on what to expect on each termite heat treatment.
How It Works?
Termite heat treatment works in the same way as fumigation—sans the pesticide and the unhealthy fumes. The process usually starts with a comprehensive inspection of a home’s interior and exterior areas to carefully identify active infestations. From this inspection, a termite thermal treatment is recommended as either for spot treatment only or for the whole house structure including the exterior surroundings.
Part of the specialist’s inspection also involves identification of certain items in your home susceptible to extreme heat such as computers, houseplants, plastic decors, candles, and so on. You will also be advised on what specific equipment and appliances to shut-off prior to the treatment.
Like fumigation, a total thermal treatment for termites requires a tent or nylon tarps to seal your home. This tent will help encase your home and, instead of gaseous pesticide being pumped out, heaters simply release super-hot air. Specially designed heaters will then ensconce on certain areas across the home. These heaters will then be utilized to blow hot air at 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Accordingly, dry wood termites can be exterminated when exposed to at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit of heat at approximately 35 minutes or more. A typical thermal treatment for termites can take less than a day—and is considered an eco-friendly alternative to standard gas fumigation.
Top Perks of Termite Heat Treatment
One of the most important benefits of thermal termite treatment is the absence of hazardous gas and chemicals as well as pesticides during and after treatment. Unlike chemical-based fumigation which leaves behind hazardous elements, this one leaves no trace whatsoever afterwards. It also delivers complete eradication where heat is confined. Basically, it takes less than 8 hours for the whole treatment to be completed with the whole household being able to re-enter the premises afterwards.
Aside from killing termites, the sauna-like heat released can also get rid of harmful molds, viruses, bacteria and fungi. These unseen microorganisms are known to cause health concerns and, with the help of termite heat treatment, these can also be eliminated at the same time. Allergens, dust mites and strong or foul smell can also be eliminated with this treatment.
Thermal Termite Treatment Drawbacks
Like other treatment types, thermal treatment also carries some disadvantages. Often, the cause of such issues is preventable and due to human error. These disadvantages, however, can be averted when a thorough check and assessment is done—and must be done by professionals. Never attempt termite heat treatment on your own to avoid any sort of mishap.
Indeed, using termite heat treatment for a home is one of the widely accepted eco-friendly solutions that many homeowners prefer over traditional pesticide application. Proven to kill termites sans the hazardous fumigants, heat treatment also takes less time. When it comes to complete annihilation of termites, however, fixing the root cause must be carefully practiced.
Water coming from poor drainage or leaks in plumbing encourages the infestation of termites, molds and fungi. Once the infestation has already been eliminated, proper handling of the root cause that contributes to the said infestation must be addressed accordingly. Additionally, routine inspections must be done. In everything else, prevention is always cheaper than treatment or repair.