A guide to termite exterminator treatments and tenting


There are several different ways to exterminate termites. Some methods may be more suitable than others due to the current situation you are faced with, for example, where the termites are currently located, and where the damage is occurring. In this article, we will outline the common termite exterminator treatments and tenting methods. It will also be helpful for you to understand the difference between the ‘tenting’ and ‘tentless’ method.


The term tented just comes from the fact this method involves placing a tent over the entire property during the fumigation process. It is necessary to contain the sulfuryl fluoride gas that is used. Therefore the tentless option refers to the alternative methods that do not require a tent since no chemicals are being used. We will look at these options first.

Tentless solutions include baiting systems, liquid termiticides, soil and wood treatments, spot treatments, orange oil treatments and heat or cooling treatments. The thing to remember with these options is whilst they do get around the issue of being a major inconvenience, your home does not have to be evacuated and there is no threat to yourself, your children or family pets from harmful toxins, they are not as effective as the chemical treatment tented options. That is why the recommendation is generally that the tentless treatments are used as follow-up treatments after the tented methods have been used.

The tented method is really another name for fumigation. The insecticide used will kill most of the insects dwelling in your home. But you need to know it will not kill off the subterranean termites because they enter the house from the ground below. Tenting is not effective at reaching any underground tunnels that lead through the house. This method will, however, kill off any colonies of the drywood species of termites.

Prices for the work will vary depending on what method you choose for the extermination process, as well as what company you choose to go with. You should get a few quotes, and make sure you only get involved with reliable companies. However, do not hang about too long before getting the work done, as the termites will continue to cause damage until they are eradicated!

The quotes are not going to be cheap because getting this problem under wraps is an expensive business. You must remember though, if you delay, the problem will get worse, and it will be even more expensive with the damage those pesky termites will cause! It is also very important that if you do go down the tenting route, you must make sure all safety procedures are followed to the letter. Remember, chemicals are involved that could be harmful, as well as the mentioned pets and people. They must be applied professionally because they can also damage plants if applied in the wrong places.

Hopefully, you are now better informed with regard to where your options lie when it comes to termite exterminator treatments and tenting methods. You will need to get a professional involved to check out the situation and come to a decision about which is the best method to use to effectively address your problem.