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Questions to Ask before You Fumigate

Fumigation is the usual treatment for Drywood termites infesting numerous areas of the house. It's a costly process, so you'll want to get estimates from a number of companies. Try to find a couple of former customers and see if they were happy with the service. You may also want to call the state agency overseeing the industry and find out how the violations were filed against each company in the past couple of years. Check with the Better Business Bureau to find out the company's reputation.
Don't let any company pressure you. Even if you have the termite infestation, you're house isn't going to crash to the ground tomorrow.

The gases used in fumigation are odorless, tasteless, colorless, and quite deadly. Here are a few questions to ask the company's representative before you fumigate:

  • Will your foods be protected?
  • Will photographic equipment be damaged?
  • Will artwork be damaged?
  • Will plants inside or outside the house be affected?
  • How will your home be secured while it's vacant?
  • How will you know when it's safe to return to the house?
  • How long will the fumigant protect your house?
  • How much will the whole fumigation process cost?

Make sure you have answers to these and other questions before you start.
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