Three Signs An Eco-Friendly Termite Heat Treatment Is For You

Posted on: 26 January 2016

If you have a termite infestation in your home or business and aren't comfortable with opting for the less effective spot treatments, you may feel like fumigation is your only option. However, some pest control companies also offer whole-house heat treatments that can efficiently destroy all termites within the structure much faster than fumigation and without leaving chemical residue. Both fumigation and whole-house heat treatment have their pros and cons, but here are three signs that a heat treatment may be the best decision for you.

1. You don't want to move out 

Because of the extensive setup and the length of treatment required during fumigation, it's necessary to make alternate arrangements for your living or working space if you settle on the fumigation treatment. These alternate arrangements often will be needed for a week or two, depending on individual factors. Because heat treatment only takes a few minutes to kill termites, the length of the treatment is based on the amount of time it takes to get the entire house up to a sufficient temperature for a very safe length of time, such as an hour. This means that the treatment may only take one afternoon, or one workday, or a similar length of time, before the structure is habitable again. It's true that you'll need to make sure no living creatures are inside at the time, so if you keep pets or have plants, be sure to remove them for a few hours.

2. You don't own antique furniture

Some materials don't hold up well to high levels of heat. It's only necessary to raise the internal temperature of the building to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit to be totally sure that the termites are dead. However, this is still nearly as hot as the warm setting on an oven. Antiques may not hold up well under the stress, so if you have an antique furniture store or collect antique furniture, heat treatment may not be for you. It can also be hard on electronics. However, heat treatment doesn't require bagging all your food like fumigation does. So if you don't have antique furniture, the process is likely to be much simpler. Taking your dog to the doggy daycare and asking someone to babysit your plants can be much easier than the alternative arrangements necessary for days of fumigation.

3. Your building is made of durable materials

The structure itself is what needs to receive the heat treatment, so if it was built of materials that can't stand a little heat, you may be out of luck. Vinyl windows can pose a problem, as well as other non-heat-resistant materials. Be sure to ask your pest control professional for an inspection to determine whether or not the structure will hold up well to heat.

These three factors can greatly influence whether your ideal termite treatment is whole-house heating or chemical fumigation. Ask a pest control company like Boris Pest Control to determine which method best meets your specific needs.