A: Fumigation is a method of using lethal gas to exterminate pests within an enclosed space.
Q: What preparations must be taken before a house is fumigated?
A: All persons, pets and plants must be removed from the structure prior to fumigation. Medicines, feed and food not sealed in metal, glass or highly resistant containers must be removed from the structure or sealed in protective bags a recommended by the fumigant manufacturer.
Q: How long does a fumigation take?
A: Structural fumigants are odorless. Therefore, fumigators are required to release a warning agent such as chloropicrin within the structure at the time the fumigation begins and throughout the entire fumigation process. Fumigation time is depending on several factors; square footage and type of chemicals.
Q: Will fumigation eliminate all the termites and pests in the structure?
A: No. Subterranean termites require separate treatments to create a barrier between the structure and their nest in the ground. Under optimum conditions, the target pest will be dead or obviously dying by the end of the fumigation.
1. Termite inspections are basically visual in nature. We do not destructively probe (unless given written permission by the owner). However, limited probing becomes necessary when it appears damages are evident. Limited probing helps us determine the extent of damages, (i.e. is it patchable or does it need to be replaced).
2. The findings listed on your termite inspection report should be the same or at least similar to other termite inspections you may have on your property, (i.e. I see evidence of this or I see evidence of that), however the recommendations can vary greatly on how to correct the condition. You have the right to shop around.
3. The motivation behind recommendation from a termite company may be a commission. Many termite companies pay their inspectors based on what they charge. Just because a termite inspector makes a recommendation on his report doesn’t necessarily mean the work has to be done the way he recommends it. We are obligated to make honest inspections but some recommendations can be over the top. (We do not pay our inspectors based on commission)
4. There is no law that requires a homeowner to provide a termite inspection and certification prior to selling their homes, however many lenders require the certification. Therefore, termite certifications are usually required as part of the real estate contingency.