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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2013

what are the benefits of fumigation vs. foam for termites?

I have heard that fumigation only kills termites for the two days that the tent is on. The termites are free to return since the gas is gone. Foam has a lingering effect in the walls discouraging new termites. Is this true?

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Yes and no. Fumigation, which is a very costly and extensive life- disrutive process will certainly kill every termite inside your structure but will leave no 'onging' residual means of kelling any 'new' drywood termite that may fly into your home the day after the tent is removed and that may be just fine and dandy for some residents with the drywood termites they discovered.

However, Drywood Termites, unlike their more insideous cousions, the Subterranean Termite that attacks the structure from the gound up are usually realatively small colonies and localized in one or more areas of the home - even just furniture - and can easily be emilinated with localized and targeted applications of less disruptive 'spot' treatments of either foam or liquid applications to the infestead areas. These type of applications cn involve 'ongoing protction for up to a year or longer. I would first allow several providers to inspect and determine the degree of any Dryood termite infestation and if all they offer is a 'tenting' to think twice and look at other made options made available given their findings.


Answered 6 years ago by GaryKasper


Here is a link to another response, on your other identical posting -

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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