A fumigation can take six hours to a week, depending on the type of infestation, dose, temperature, size of the structure and other factors. The process of fumigating tents usually takes between 24 and 72 hours. Your entire house will be set up in a tent, the chemicals will be injected into the house, and then everything that needs to be delivered before you can re-enter your house will be disposed of. The entire process will require a restricted level of pesticides and must be done by a professional.
One-time termite fumigation can easily last four years. The process of placing termite tents takes three days for an average house size of 2,000 to 2,600 square feet. This time includes approximately 6 hours of fumigation and a waiting period of 24 to 72 hours after the installation of the termite tent. The entire process of placing termite tents lasts one week in larger homes.
Termite tents protect your home from termites for 4 to 10 years, but annual inspections are essential. On average, termite treatment lasts about 5 years. Liquid termite treatment can last five years or more, while termite bait stations only last one year and must be maintained annually. The fumigation process usually lasts three days and two nights.
Your professional fumigator seals your house with tarps or other methods and releases a warning agent in the house. Vikane is then introduced to the structure. Your professional fumigator will carefully calculate the amount of Vikane needed, based on a variety of factors, such as the target pest, temperature and house size. Fumigation controls dry wood termite colonies that are active at the time of treatment, but does not offer protection against future colonies.
Termite controllers recommend fumigating them when the level of infestation is high or termites return steadily after several treatments. Once the expert has confirmed that there has been sufficient exposure to fumigants in the infested areas to control all active termite colonies, he will remove the termite fumigation tent. That's why termite controllers say it's safe to return to your home 24 to 72 hours after spraying.