Termite Fumigation for Tampa Home Owners

Hi, Coby here with Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control. Over the last 34 years, I’ve had people ask me all kinds of questions about pest control and termites. And these are going to be the answers that I get have given them. Because I know they interest those folks that probably interest you as well. So without further ado, we’ll get started here. The last episode, we talked about dry wood termites and how they get into your home. But we didn’t get a chance to talk about treatment. When we talked about subterranean termites, we talked about how we would treat them. And that would be going around the the exterior of the home. And and do a little trench, putting pesticide in it’s covering your backup and, and it’s spreading throughout the colony and killing colony will dry wood termites with a little bit different. The reason you do that was subterranean termites is because the colony is so large, you want it to spread through out the entire colony. And no matter how big that colony is as big as a football field, it will spread through there in about 90 days. Whenever you have a problem with dry wood, termites, every single colony, or better yet, every single spot that you see is a separate colony. So if you can imagine you have 10 different spots you’re seeing in your house, where they’re not related. If they don’t, oh, I treated here and they went over here I’ve traded No, that’s a completely separate colony. And then once that thing gets large enough, say it gets over a five year period of time, it comes up to about 500 termites, now they can send out new swarmers. And then they can form new colonies. But they can’t move from one spot to the other. dry wood termites live on about 12% moisture. So they had to be very, very careful on how fast or how much they move. For the main reason being is that the hydrate and kill the colony. So how do you how do you treat for these things? Well, I think anybody in the Tampa Bay area has seen tents on people’s homes. And what a tent is, is basically a sealed environment that you can inject gas inside in this case, it’s a deadly poison gas by Kane is the most common name for that that particular gas. There’s a technical name as well, but the long and short of it is this gas goes in and it has to reach a certain level in order for it to penetrate into the wood and kill the termites. And then then remove it. And once they’ve done that, then you’ll have time to have the air rate out the home or air out the home. Sure they can allow you to come back in. One of the other things they put into a fumigation is chloropicrin, or tear gas. And the reason they do this is because there’s the initial fumigant that kills the actual insects are not able to go ahead and be detected or is not able to be detected. It is colorless, odorless. There are several other gases like that. But that’s what you’re looking at. And that’s what why they put this tear gas in. So about 95 to 90% of the time, that works very well. But it only works for the amount of time that it takes the company to take the tent off of the home. And the very next day those termites and come back in, you can go back in and soak in that. So that’s the biggest problem I had with a fumigation the longevity to the termites. Yeah, dogs or mice? Did it? Are they gonna come back? Oh, absolutely. More than likely, not even more than likely. Whenever you see a tent go up in a home or a neighborhood. That home is probably somewhere the name of that neighborhood is probably someplace in the neighborhood of about
30 years old or better. So the termites have started to establish himself there and each and every year, there’ll be more swarms and more establishment more swarms more establish it. And then so you’ll see from from a few homes being fumigated too many homes being fumigated and then it’s just a vicious cycle that happens that neighborhood is just continuously having swarms. You’re gonna sit but you may not see them for five to seven years before they actually will notice something. So they’re eating for five to seven years. While you’re waiting to see them. I had a problem with that. From day one, just definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. So that was the one way to treat for termites. But there was a company that we found that was doing something just a little bit different than that. And I kind of did some research on them, and was able to find a better way to go ahead and treat for termites. Now, I say better way because it last, but let me get into that in the next episode. In the meantime, if you guys have any questions, or would like us to talk anything on podcast, give us a call at 727-462-0400. We’d love to hear from you and answer your questions and get back to you. So thanks. And you guys have a great day and we’ll talk about how we treat termites in the next episode.

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