Termite Tenting Advantages
High Success Rate
Tent fumigation, when performed properly, has a very high success rate at eliminating all drywood termite colonies within a structure at the time of fumigation.
"No Tent" Advantages
This service is much more convenient and much less intrusive than tent fumigation. There is little to no preparation necessary and people and their pets can stay in their home or business while it is being treated.
Low Chemical Use Rate
Products used for “No Tent” treatments have a unique way of eliminating termites where only a small amount of active ingredients is necessary for effective results. This has been called the domino or transfer effect. Drywood termites do not detect these non-repellant products as they forage through the treated areas. Affected termites then transfer the lethal dose of the product throughout the colony eventually eliminating all the termites in the colony. The products also have no odor, do not stain, and do not affect plants.
Long Lasting Residual Protection
Unlike fumigation, that only kills pests at the time, the “No Tent” treatment provides long lasting residual protection to all treated areas and helps prevent re-infestation in the future.
Termite Tenting Disadvantages
People and pets must vacate their home or business for at least 2 nights and make preparations such as packing up all foods and medications, trimming back or removing landscaping, and arranging to leave their key with fumigators.
Even when fumigators are careful, damage to roof tiles and landscape is possible. Since tarps must be sealed to the ground to ensure gas does not escape and that termites are killed landscape adjacent to the structure sometimes must be covered resulting in plants besing stressed or killed.
Screening over patios and pools must be separated or removed from the structure as tents cannot be put over a screen.
"No Tent" Disadvantages
Multiple Treatments May be Necessary
At the time of treatment there may be additional drywood termites that remain undetected even after thorough inspection. These termites are in hidden areas, such as between wall voids, where no evidence is present. It may be necessary in the future, if termite evidence is found, to return to treat additional areas not previously treated. Fortunately, due to their smaller sized colonies, drywood termites take many years to cause any significant damage and are much slower to cause damage than subterranean termites, making multiple treatments a more acceptable “disadvantage”. Re-treatment is at no additional charge unless otherwise specified.
Drywood termites Must be Accessible
In order for the “No Tent” treatment to be effective all drywood termite colonies must be accessible to treatment. Tent fumigation should be considered for structures with flat roofs or areas that cannot be readily accessed to direct treatment.