Life is full of necessary routines. We wash and dry dishes after each meal, and most vacuum the house at least once a week. These regular habits keep our homes presentable, yet they do not address the slow collection of dirt and grim in the corners, cracks, and on the top of window and door frames. Therefore, most homeowners have a ritual spring cleaning day where they perform a deep clean and address those often neglected areas.
Fumigation is like a deep clean. Typical pest control removes the majority of pests, but some creatures, particularly drywood termites, can evade traditional treatments.
If you have tried DIY pest control or used another pest control business but continue to have a problem, you need expert fumigation services in Oahu from Pest Tech Hawaii. Our nine founders, who have a combined 130 years of pest control experience, grew up in Hawaii, so we understand the needs of our island community. We have certified technicians who are current on the latest technology and pest control methods.
We know people may not understand how fumigation works or have concerns, so please keep reading to learn more about this effective treatment option for your Oahu home.
About The Fumigation Process: What To Expect
Fumigation can penetrate hard-to-reach cracks, crevices, and corners in your home. After a Pest Tech Hawaii technician inspects your Oahu home and determines that your home requires fumigation, you will need to do the following ten activities:
Remove unsealed food and medications
Relocate all indoor houseplants
Place outdoor potted plants away from the home
Relocate your pets or take them with you
Have your gas service turned off by the gas company
Open waterproof covers on all mattresses and pillows
Provide a key to Pest Tech Hawaii so we can access your home for the fumigation while you are away
Turn off timers, air conditioning, heaters, etc., before fumigation begins
Extinguish pilot lights on water heaters, furnaces, etc
Move temporarily to a hotel or take a short vacation for a few days
The Pest Tech Hawaii technician who oversees the house fumigation process for your home will offer additional suggestions and inform you regarding the preparation options available for your situation.
After you exit the home, we will cover the entire structure with a house fumigation tent. When we have the home tented and sealed, we fill the house with a precise amount of fumigant based on the home size and the magnitude of the infestation. The gas will penetrate the walls, cracks, and every cranny inside the home; it leaves the pests no escape routes. Once the product permeates the house and destroys the creatures, we vent the tent to allow the gas to escape.
Our certified technicians take readings throughout the venting process to monitor the dissipation of the gas from the house. When the gas concentration level is acceptable, we remove the tent to finish aerating the home. When the gas evaporates, it does not leave behind a residue on surfaces. Once we remove the tent and the air quality in the home is normal, you may return to your pest-free house.
Although the preparation process is extensive and leaving your house for a few days can be a hassle, it is worth it because this method will eradicate the offending Oahu pests from your home. Pest Tech Hawaii is your local expert for pest control fumigation.
Fumigations Are A Serious Affair: When And Why It's Necessary
The primary culprits that require fumigation are drywood termites and bed bugs. Drywood termites are 3/8 to 1-inch-long insects with creamy-white to light brown long, narrow bodies. Unlike subterranean termites that live in the soil and travel to nearby damp wood where they forage for food, drywood termites live deep inside wood. Furthermore, drywood termites do not require a high-moisture environment like subterranean termites but get their moisture needs from the wood and surrounding humid air. A mature drywood termite colony has about 2,500 members constantly chewing through wood inside the house. They infest dry timber inside walls, picture frames, stairway railings, and the attic.
A mature drywood termite colony produces flying reproductive termites which leave the nest in the spring to begin new colonies. When a male and female pair enters your attic through the vents or the house through the foundation or roof line cracks, they bore into the wood and create a nest. Early signs of drywood termites include seeing the flying termites swarming around lights at dusk or dawn, discarded wings, pinholes in wood or drywall, and sawdust-like piles outside the holes.
Once drywood termites in Oahu establish a nest in your home, it is only a matter of time before they will form new groups throughout the house. Nationwide, drywood termites cost homeowners 500 million dollars in damage annually. Unless Pest Tech Hawaii fumigates your home, you will eventually experience sagging floors and ceilings, collapsing structures and wood furniture, and warping window and door frames.
A drywood termite infestation almost always requires a gas treatment. Unlike subterranean termites that travel through soil to their food sources, making them vulnerable to bait stations and other in-ground treatment, drywood termites live inside the wood and do not expose themselves to vulnerabilities.
Another pest that often requires fumigation is bed bugs. Bed bugs have a crinkly-looking 1/4-inch long body. Body color depends on whether or not the bug has fed. If they have recently enjoyed a blood meal at your expense, they will have a swollen, elongated reddish-brown body; when a bed bug hasn't eaten in several days, it has a mahogany, flat, broad appearance.
Bed bugs hide in crevices no wider than a credit card between baseboards, walls, and flooring. They also nest in mattress seams, box springs, behind picture frames and headboards, and inside electrical outlets. Sometimes, a bed bug infestation is only in one area of the house, and in those cases, spot treatments will remove the bugs from the home. However, there are times when bed bugs migrate throughout the house; in those cases, fumigation is the best option.
A bed bug infestation causes itchy bites, anxiety, and sleepless nights. These bugs enter Oahu homes by hitchhiking on luggage, bags, clothing, and used furniture brought into the house. They use public venues and transportation to move unnoticed from person to person. If only one fertilized female enters your Oahu house, you can quickly develop an infestation because that one bug will produce up to 500 offspring in its lifetime. Considering that offspring grow to maturity within 40 days after hatching, you can understand how the population can double every 16 days after the initial brood hatches and matures.
Bug fumigation is necessary due to accessing difficulties for bed bugs and drywood termites with traditional target spraying. Pest Tech Hawaii has the tools, training, and experience required to tent your home and eliminate pests nesting deep within the walls or wood of your home.
Expert Fumigation Services: Eradicating Pests With Precision And Care
Sometimes infestations are localized to a room or an area in the crawl space or attic, but if the problem is throughout the house, you need fumigation services in Oahu from Pest Tech Hawaii. Our highly-trained and experienced technicians know how to tent a house, seal it, and apply the correct amount of gas to the home. The gas will infiltrate all nooks, crevices, and gaps and eradicate all pests infesting the house.
After 24 hours of saturation, our team begins venting the home. During this process, they monitor the gas levels to ensure you come home to a pest-free, gas-free home. When you return to your Oahu house, you do not have to worry about residue, washing dishes, or bed linens; you can rest assured that you and your pets can safely live in the home.
After Fumigation: What To Do Next
Fumigating your house is a big undertaking that requires preparation and inconvenience. Once the process is complete and you return to your home, you don't want to repeat the scenario in the future. The following will deter drywood termites and bed bugs from infesting your house in the future:
Dehumidify the attic, crawl space, and basement
Seal cracks in the foundation, roofline, and around frames
Inspect clothing, luggage, and bags after a trip to a public venue
Clean clothing inside suitcases immediately upon returning from a trip
Wash bed linens and garments at the highest temperatures the fabrics can tolerate
Examine used furniture before bringing it into the home
Vacuum the house regularly
Suction out corners and cracks between the wall, baseboards, and flooring
Schedule an annual termite inspection
Remove debris from the attic
Keep clothing picked up off the floor
Pest Tech Hawaii provides house fumigation in Oahu, so you don't have to spend another night scratching from bed bug bites or risk significant structural damage to your Oahu house from drywood termites. Contact us to learn more about our fumigation service and warranties, and request your estimate today!
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