This letter is to compliment you and your team on the excellent and thorough job you have done on your treatments to prevent pests and insects from entering our home. Your team members remove bugs and cobwebs from the house before spraying which was never done by the pest control company we had at our previous home. You have prevented pests from entering our newly built home which was not the case with the previous pest control company at the previous house we built.
Dick & Nancy
Whole House Fumigation is an application of lethal gas to an enclosed structure to eliminate pests. During fumigation, the building must be emptied of all inhabitants for a certain time period. Fumigation kills every stage of bed bugs including eggs, and should be considered in severe infestations. If total building fumigation is not possible, containerized fumigation may be an option. This method involves the transfer of furniture and other items into a trailer truck or similar container, after which the container and its contents are fumigated. Other control methods are applied inside the building during the fumigation process. It is important to note that using fumigation alone leaves no residual and so cannot help prevent a reinfestation.
Cryptotermes brevis is the most widespread drywood termite in the tropics worldwide, and in the United States is common throughout Hawaii, Florida, and some coastal regions of the Southeast. In Florida, populations of C. brevis tend to increase southward along the peninsula and concentrate in older buildings near the coast, but infestations can occur anywhere. Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, St. Petersburg, and Tampa have heavy populations of C. brevis. Some cities along the gulf coast, notably, New Orleans, Galveston, and Corpus Christi, are also afflicted with heavy resident populations.
As with all termites, drywood termites are social insects, but unlike subterranean termites, they live entirely within the wood members they infest and obtain water adsorbed onto wood fibers and by metabolic processes. Drywood termites are generally larger and more cylindrical in body form compared to subterranean termites. Because their gallery systems are limited to and usually extend only a few meters within their home wood, drywood termites have proportionally shorter legs and move more slowly than their more far-ranging subterranean counterparts. Characters shared with other termites include chewing mouthparts for feeding on wood, well-developed tarsal claws for gripping wood surfaces, moniliform (bead-like) antennae, and blindness except in the reproductive caste.
Fumigation for Drywood Termites
A broad array of remedies are available for treating drywood termite infestations. Whole-structure treatments include fumigation and heating to control all accessible and inaccessible colonies. Fumigation ("tenting") is a highly technical procedure which involves surrounding the structure with a gas-tight tarpaulin, releasing an insecticidal gas (usually sulfuryl fluoride) inside the enclosure, and aerating the fumigant after a set exposure time. Because of technical challenges, heat treatments usually are not applied to the entire building, but are limited to known areas of infestation, and along with excessive cold, are classified as compartmental treatments. Excessive cold is primarily used for treating wall voids or similar small enclosures in a structure.
Contact Citrus Pest Management today for a free estimate for tenting and fumigation.