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Fumigation: Does Your House Really Need it?

When we speak of massive first control, the first thing that easily comes to the mind of the people is an extensive fumigation. This a popular pest control method often used in vast areas, export boxes, and huge establishments to eradicate massive pest problems. The fumigant is technically a gaseous form of pesticide, which designed to kill all pests even in the tiniest corners of a building or reach a larger area, when used for outdoor locations. Fumigation may seem like a fast and easy way of getting rid of pest, but this process is actually considered as hazardous, that only a licensed pest control person is allowed to conduct such.

For some reasons, a significant number of household owners are also considering fumigation in their properties despite the known dangers of the treatment. One of the common reasons why a household resort to this pest control method is lack of knowledge on small-scale pest control, accompanied by the panic of having a pest rummaging inside the house. With this, most US residents are willing to spend a hundred more dollars on fumigation just to make sure that their house is free from pest right away.

Unfortunately, not all houses come prepared with how to handle the fumigation process. Most people think that it is as easy as calling a pest control firm to conduct the fumigation. This pest control method actually involves a rigorous process. Below is an overview of this process:

1) Cover or seal the entire area to be fumigated. There are special sealing products that are used by the firms to do this. However, for home fumigation, you might want to start covering/sealing your entire house as thoroughly as you can.

2) The gas is released in the treatment area to start the pest eradication.

3) The area is kept sealed for a few hours to make sure the fumigate is able to penetrate all areas of the house or building.

4) The fumigator will also install tent around the house, to further prevent the gas from leaking.

5) The entire area is then opened for maximum ventilation for the trapped gas to be released.

Other fumigation preparations you need to do as a homeowner:

1) Shut off the electric meter of the entire house. Although the gas is not necessarily flammable, unplugging everything will still keep everything safe and in order.

2) Seal all your stored food, medicines, and water sources. Using the Nylofume bags is one of the recommended way to do this, as the material has been proven not to allow any air leak.

3) Open closets, drawers, boxes, attics, and all other corners of the house where pest may hide, to make sure that they are reached by the gas.

4) If you have a garden, you may have to remove some of the plants to make way for the tenting process.

Fumigation is undoubtedly a fast way of getting rid of pests, but only if you do not count the preparation process. Once you learn about how laborious the process can be, you will definitely have to think twice before considering fumigation in your house. Some families were even displaced to relatives’ houses or hotels for a couple of days due to fumigation.

So, before you panic and call that nearby pest control firm, consider whether you are indeed physically and logistically ready for home fumigation. Otherwise, there are always other ways to control pests in your house that are even more affordable and convenient.