Tenting with Infants & Children

Some parents are concerned about babies and termite fumigation. However, the sulfuryl fluoride gases that are used for termite fumigation have been registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in homes with children of all ages.

To help protect your family members’ health, hire only certified termite fumigation experts who can help prepare your home for treatment, ensure all regulations are followed and properly use all fumigants and equipment. Before treatment, follow the expert’s checklist for items to prepare and remove from the home – and wait until it is approved for you to re-enter the home after treatment. Depending on the extent of the infestation, you may need to stay out of the house for up to three days while the fumigation takes place and your home is aerated after the treatment.

Once the tent is removed and fresh air circulates throughout your home, the fumigant gases will dissipate into the air rapidly and leave your home.

Sulfuryl fluoride can control active infestations but does not leave residues to control future infestations. After the fumigation, work with your pest control professional on prevention techniques to help reduce the likelihood of future infestations, such as direct wood treatments and home maintenance.

Termite Fumigation & Childrens Rooms
There are a few special considerations for parents when considering termite fumigation and children’s rooms. In addition to removing or double-sealing all food items, the most important step for parents is to remove all mattresses covered in plastic. Most babies’ mattresses have a plastic, waterproof cover. Fumigant gases can penetrate the seams of the mattress and the plastic cover can make it difficult for the mattress to air out quickly.

You also may want to consider opening or removing plastic covers on chairs and sofas where people may rest following the fumigation.