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Question DetailsAsked on 9/13/2013

what is involved with termite extermination

do I need to move out of my house during termite extermination

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Localized, perimeter and bait extermination does not require that you move out, though it may require that you and pets evacuate the house for up to 8 daytime hours.

Total house fumigation (tenting) DOES require that you plastic bag or otherwise protect all food and baby items, cover bedding, and cover or pack personal care items, medication bottles, etc that might involve material on their surfaces being ingested. There are a few other specific items that have to be protected or removed - the fumigation compnay should provide specific instructions. It does NOT mandate a total move out - generally only food that is not sealed up, and a few personal items - though people, all pets (including fish), and all plants and seeds you want to have live have to stay out of the house for from 2-7 days depending on the chemicals used, which depends on the bugs being targeted - typically 2-3 days for termites. Special arrangements can be made to protect live plants that are in indoor planters too big to move, and for fish in large aquariums, though they will not guarantee survival.

More general info on that here in a disclosure document applicable to California, but except for a couple of the notification and notice requirements, generally applicable to all -

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