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Question DetailsAsked on 4/14/2016

Has anyone ever experienced damage to plastic and glued products after having their house tented for termites?

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Ouch - sounds like you had a heat treatment - damage to possessions and the structural/architectural components is relatively common from that if the temperature is high enough to have a prayer of doing any good, though generally it would take quite a few days at temperature to heat the interior of large wood beams and well insulated areas and such enough to kill all the bugs, so I don't recommend the heat treatment in any event. Have heard of too many cases where it failed to kill them all - in fact, I have never heard of a case where it did NOT have a recurrence of activity within months.

IF you had a heat treatment done, I would bet they had a disclosure statement that was pretty ironclad about damage. DVD's, CD's, electronics are the things I have heard the most about being damaged - though I did get involved in one inspection where the gluelam beams came apart due to excessive heat, another where the acrylic enamel paint blistered, and one where windows failed due to the heat.

I have never read or heard anything about Vikane (the normal termite killing gas) damaging anything that was not alive (fish, plants, etc). Though I suppose it might be possible in extreme hot and bright sunlight areas, with the tent acting as a big solar oven.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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