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Florida Fumigation: What It Means

If you live in the southern part of the U.S., you know pest control is a fact of life for property owners. If your home or commercial building has a big enough pest problem, a larger-than-life solution is needed: Fumigation.
Why Fumigation is a Good Pest Control Option
Cars that accelerate from zero-to-whatever in minutes is something Daytona residents know about. Now imagine your pest problem going from thousands to zero overnight. That’s what fumigation can do for your home.

If insects are deep inside your walls, they can damage the property’s structural integrity. Fumigation can simply eradicate all unwanted guests that have taken up residence in your property. It’s fast, and your pest control professionals can ensure the safety of your family and pets.

Types of Fumigation
Fumigation tenting can be whole-house or as-needed. For example, one bed in a home has a bedbug problem. A valuable antique desk has termites. Your pest control company may recommend tenting the problematic furniture – sometimes with furniture removal – and adding a preventive solution to the furniture or the room.

Some people use soil fumigation to help plants thrive and allow crops to reach maximum growth.

Is fumigation safe? Yes. It’s the primary resource of pest control used by food warehouses and large food processing facilities. Fumigation is also used by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies to keep bugs out of sensitive ingredients. Home fumigation does not guarantee pests won’t return. It’s a quick fix to a bad situation.

Termites Need the Fumigation Solution
If you see any sign of termites – especially swarming – you should act quickly. Termites can thrive year-round in our area of the country, and they do. Termites are the most common reason fumigation is needed and are difficult to get rid of without fumigation.

Formosan subterranean termites are aggressively destructive and are found in southern states, especially Florida. Other Volusia County-area termite types include:

  • Asian subterranean
  • Conehead
  • Eastern subterranean
  • Florida dampwood
  • West Indian drywood

Preparation is Key to Successful Fumigation
Once you have scheduled a fumigation, you should create a “calendar” of preparation events. Some items must be packed and removed; some must be protected. Be sure to follow your pest control professional’s fumigation packing list.

  • Double-bag unsealed foods and medications.
  • Make arrangements for all residents, including pets. Schedule gas service shut-off and restoration.
  • Move indoor and by-the-house outdoor potted plants away from the house.

Day-before and/or day-of:

  • Alert neighbors and give them contact information for your pest control company if they have questions.
  • Extinguish pilot lights, etc.
  • Heavily soak the soil adjacent to your home with water; with your water hose, create an imaginary water-wall about 18″ from the edge of your house.
  • Open cabinets and drawers.
  • Turn off sprinklers, AC, and disconnect electrical components.
  • You may need to move vehicles.

Holder Can Help
Because pest control is a fact of life in Florida, we’ve built our reputation on offering safe, dependable service at affordable prices. We serve Volusia County and nearby communities, and can provide a free assessment of what your property – including structures and landscaping – needs to be as safe and attractive as possible.

Contact us at Holder Pest Control to learn more. We care about your family because we live here, too.