Tent fumigation is one of the leading methods to remove widespread termite infestations from homes. Inconveniently, it also displaces tenants from their homes. Vikane, the chemical used in most fumigations, is quite toxic and permeates every nook and cranny of your home. Therefore, it is important to make preparations well ahead of time to protect your home and family. When making these preparations, keep in mind that inclement weather may call for a fumigation to be rescheduled.
Long Term Preparation
Arrange accommodations for your family and pets. Fumigations can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours and may be postponed a day or so due to inclement weather. Make sure to take all of these variables into consideration when making your plans. Ideally, you should arrange to be out of the house the day before the fumigation is scheduled to take place since that is when the gas will be cut off.
Cut any foliage or shrubbery back so that it is at least 18 inches away from your home to make room for the termite tent.
Call the gas company to schedule an appointment for the gas to be cut off the day before the termite tenting and turned back on after the fumigation is done. Also make sure that you will be there on the scheduled turn on date. The gas company will require your presence and proof that the home is safe for re-entry before they will turn the gas back on.
The Day Before
Remove all indoor and patio plants from your home.
Remove or double-bag all food, drugs and medication in your home (the pest control company will provide you with these bags). To secure the bags, do not tie them in a knot. Fold them down and seal them with tape or secure the top with a twist tie, string or rubber band. Refrigerated and frozen items should be double-bagged and replaced in the refrigerator or freezer. See the Resources section for a complete list of items that should be bagged and/or removed, .
Water plants and shrubs around your home with 18 inches of water to protect them.
Remove any mattresses enveloped in plastic (such as water-proofed baby mattresses), or remove the covers themselves.
Remove yourself, your family and your pets (even aquarium fish) from the house. If the gas company has not already turned the gas off, make sure that they have access to the meter before you leave.