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Question DetailsAsked on 10/4/2017

How big risk live in house after termite spray for pregnant woman or new born baby

We will spray house for termites next monday,I'm pregnant and we need leave house for twoo or tree days,baby will born end of the october.It's safe to live there for us ???? next couple days after they spray all house?

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Tough question, and you obviously want to be safer than sorry. My personal opinion - I would not be spraying a house (assuming you mean tenting here since leaving for several days - usually 3) that close to birth time or before a newborn comes into the house. Wile it should be fine for the baby if delivery date (doesn't that phrase make you feel like a stork or FedEx driver or something like that) is three weeks away - but bear in mind the possibility of an early delivery - you would not want to risk having a newborn in the house right after fumigating, especially since an early deliery might also mean an infant with possible health issues at that time already.

At a minimum, I would give the house a full day of GOOD airing out - hopefully weather will allow wide open windows for at least 12 hours - AFTER they remove the tenting and say it is safe to come back in. Assuming they are using Vikane, it is a gas under the tent so good airing out (with all interior doors and cabinets and such wide open) allows it to dissipate pretty quickly given the opportunity. In your condition, if you can stay away at least an extra day or two, at a relatives or friends or such, I would do so - better safe than sorry.

Obviously, you should not be the one going in after they say it is safe to open everything up - and ideally leave open for a full day (meaning probably getting someone to stay in the house for security while it is open). I have heard (in my area RV rentals are very common) of people renting an RV and parking it in the drive for several days to house family member with respiratory condition or pregnancy or such to be extra safe. Or of course motel/hotel.

Bottom line - supposedly it is safe when they say it is - I would not count on that being the exact safe time to return, in your condition. Discuss with your OB-GYN and pediatrician.

Here is a link to the Center for Disease Control article on that - you can also google this search phrase for lots of articles on the subject - CDC pregnancy newborn termite tenting

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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