What Home Fumigation Is and How to Prepare for Fumigation

person fumigation in red suitIf your home has a pest infestation, there are many different methods that professional exterminators use to get the situation under control depending on the type of pest and severity of the infestation. For widespread and severe pest problems, fumigation may be an option now or in the future.

Here is some information about home fumigation and how to prepare for fumigation in your own home if it becomes necessary to control pests.

Pests That Can Be Fumigated

Fumigation is an effective strategy to completely get rid of certain types of pests. It is commonly used to eradicate termites, ants, fleas, ticks, and bed bugs. For other household pests, other types of extermination may be recommended instead of fumigation.

How Long Does Fumigation Take?

The length of time fumigation takes depends on how big your home is and the type of infestation you have. It can take as little as several hours or as long for a more minor problem or as long as a week for a large home with lots of pests.

The Cost of Home Fumigation

The cost of fumigation mostly depends on the square footage that you are looking to cover with the extermination process. As a general rule, it typically costs between $1 and $3 per square feet of space. For a full 2,000-square-foot house, the fumigation cost may be between $2,000 and $6,000.

Your home needs the right concentration of gases to be effective, while the severity of the infestation also influences how much gas is needed. Unlike some pest control companies that charge to initially come out to take a look at your property, Precise Termite and Pest Control offers free inspections.

How to Prepare for Fumigation

If is important that you plan to be away from your home during the entire fumigation process and leave the pest control company keys to access your home. Remove all pets and plants before fumigation, and also remove packages of food and medication from the home. Your pest control company will provide special bags that you can seal up consumable items as well.

Open the doors inside your home, as well as cabinets and drawers, to help the fumigant to reach every possible space. Also pull back curtains and raise blinds in your rooms. Use a rake to pull back mulch, gravel, and possibly even plants about a foot away from your foundation.

How to Avoid the Need for Fumigation

Fumigation is often considered a last resort for pest control specialists if a pest situation has gotten out of control and cannot be contained by other methods. The best way to avoid fumigation and the chemicals it introduces into your home is to address pest problems at the very first sign of a problem.

Contact Precise Termite and Pest Control at 866-971-2847 for a free, complete evaluation of all your access points or to discuss scheduling a fumigation for your home.