Fumigation is used to treat drywood termite infestations that are widespread, difficult to locate, partly inaccessible or severe. Traditional fumigation involves the use of sulfuryl fluoride, a fumigant (gas).
Heat treatment, an alternative to fumigation, raises the temperature in a home to 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature too extreme for termites to survive.
Both treatment methods require that the home be covered with a tarp-like tent to hold the fumigant or heat in the house long enough to be effective.
How to Compare Fumigation Quotes
Home fumigation prices typically are calculated based on the cubic feet of the home or treatment area.
Sulfuryl fluoride is the only fumigant approved for residential fumigations. This gas is sold under the brand names Vikane, MasterFume, and Zythor. However, prices do not vary significantly.
The biggest costs associated with fumigation are equipment and labor. Only pest control experts that are certified fumigators are able to provide a fumigation treatment. Fumigations are highly technical procedures that require skilled operators using special materials and gas measurement devices. To ensure the treatment’s effectiveness and correct application, hire a reputable company with proven experience in providing this treatment.
When you evaluate the cost of termite tent treatments, make sure to consider the pest control company’s guarantee. Unlike termiticide treatments, neither heat treatments nor fumigation will leave residues that will continue to control termites weeks after the treatment. Therefore, it is essential that the initial fumigation treatment or heat treatment control the entire active termite colony.