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Termite Fumigation 

Fumigation has been a reliable treatment method for removing termites for many years. It is the only method that will rid the entire structure of termites completely in one service. After the treatment is complete, fumigation services come with a 3 year guarantee.

How Does Fumigation Work

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Before fumigating your home or commercial property, our state licensed technicians will complete a thorough inspection and make a treatment recommendation based on their findings. If fumigation is the treatment option chosen, we will schedule it during a time where you or the occupants can be away from the property for a 48 hour period.

On the day fumigation begins, your home or commercial property will be completely sealed and tented by our technicians. After inspecting the property and ensuring the structure is properly sealed, Vikane gas fumigant is pumped into the sealed structure for a 24 hour period. Vikane works by replacing the oxygen content in the structure. It penetrates walls and other areas traditional pesticide cannot reach. Once the 24 hour period ends, technicians will begin the careful process of removing the tent and unsealing the structure to allow airflow to return. Technicians will then inspect the structure before the occupants are invited back.

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Termite Fumigation Preparation

Since fumigation is a thorough treatment that requires occupants to be out of the house for 48 hours, some preparations will need to take place prior to service. We will give you a small checklist to complete that includes removing or sealing certain food items in your pantry as well as opening all doors within the structure and drawers and cabinets. We will make sure you are comfortable with all aspects of the service and that all of your questions are answered prior to service.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites burrow through soil to infest submerged structures like foundations, support beams, and fence posts. They can be identified by their mud tubes, which act like termite super highways, allowing these termites to access your structure. These termites are especially detrimental because they can seriously affect your structure’s foundation and support structures.

NexGen Termite Control Treatment Options

There are a few treatment options available for full termite control. Based on your needs and budget, our technicians will make their recommendations after a thorough inspection of your structure.

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Heat is a relatively new treatment option for termites. Much like fumigation, heat will penetrate areas of the structure that cannot be reached by traditional pesticide applications. Heat treatments can be completed in a matter of hours and do not require occupants to be out of the house for more than an afternoon.

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Local treatment is a great option for small scale infestations or smaller budgets. After a thorough inspection is completed, our technicians may recommend localized spot treatment based on their findings. You will not need to leave the house for this treatment and prep, if any, will be minimal.

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Local treatment is a great option for small scale infestations or smaller budgets. After a thorough inspection is completed, our technicians may recommend localized spot treatment based on their findings. You will not need to leave the house for this treatment and prep, if any, will be minimal.

Termite Wood Damage & Structural Defects

Natural forces like earthquakes and tornadoes can cause a wake of destruction. Fortunately, they have taught us something about the kind of home they are most likely to damage. It turns out that strong forces “pick on” homes and buildings that have structural defects. Homes that are well built and maintained are more likely to come through a major calamity in much better shape.

A structural defect can be the result of a design or construction flaw and makes your home weaker. Weakening can also be caused by anything that attacks the structural wood. This includes beetles, fungi, termites and carpenter ants. Unchecked, these pests can reduce the strength of wood by as much as 80%, leaving your home susceptible to widespread damage. The stronger the force, the more likely that force will cause severe, and perhaps irreparable, damage to the home.

The porch column that has a masonry exterior can conceal termite- damaged wood inside. The column could break during an earthquake. Had the wood been intact, the column may very well have come through unharmed. Be vigilant in keeping your home in good repair and free of wood-destroying pests. Don’t hesitate to have inaccessible areas opened so they can be inspected for hidden damage.

Termite Trouble Spots

Any structure with wood looks and smells like a big juicy steak to termites. These pests have an uncanny ability to locate wood both by smell and by random searching, even when dirt, cement, or stucco hides the wood. There are certain situations that encourage problems with termites. Here are some common termite trouble spots.

  • Cracks in concrete foundations and foundation walls allow termites hidden access to wood.

  • Soil in contact with wood allows termites easy access. This includes posts set in the ground, soil pushed up against the wood in a structure, concrete porches filled with soil that rests against wood structural members, wooden porch steps that rest on soil, etc. Do-it-yourselfers often erect wooden trellises or fences with posts directly in the ground, and then connect these to the house.

  • Unsolved moisture problems like poor grading that directs water toward a structure, dripping faucets, and leaking pipes all attract termites, which need moisture to survive. Shrubbery or vines that block the airflow through ventilation openings also cause problems.

  • Extra wood like tree stumps and large dead roots, buried form boards, wood chip mulching, and firewood stacked on the ground attracts termites. The pests get started in these, then find their way into a structure.

These are just some of the many, many situations that can lead to trouble with termites. A professional Nexgen Exterminating’s inspection can spot these and other, less obvious conditions that can lead to problems with various wood-damaging pests.