Pests such as rodents, spiders, and ants remain a common problem experienced by homeowners all across the world. At Harbor Pest Control, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a safe and pest free home. We provide a wide variety of treatment options to remove pest infestations and prevent them from returning. One such treatment method is fumigation. What is fumigation and what are some common misconceptions associated with this process for treating pests? We will answer these questions below.

What is Fumigation?

Fumigation is just one manner in which pest infestations can be treated. In the process of fumigation, your home will be sealed shut completely to create an airtight structure. After your home is sealed properly, a special gas that is capable of penetrating the walls of your home will be introduced into the structure. Any existing pests, including those hidden deep within the walls, will die from exposure to the gas. Following a specific amount of time, your home will be allowed to air out by opening all windows and doors.

Common Misconceptions Regarding Fumigation

Fumigation has been a method for controlling pest infestations for many years. However, there are still several common misconceptions that exist about this treatment method. We will discuss these briefly below.

Fumigation is not safe

Fumigation is both a safe and effective way to treat existing pest infestations. The gas used during a fumigation treatment is toxic to breathe. However, the gas does not linger once your home has been opened up and thoroughly aired out. Once this airing out process has been completed, your home is just as safe as it was before the treatment was performed.

Fumigation requires families to leave home for a long period of time

It is true that you and your loved ones, including pets, will need to leave the premises during the fumigation treatment. The gas will also need to be in your home for a period long enough to ensure that all existing pests are completely killed off. You should plan to be away from home for no more than a few days. Once your home has been completely aired out, you can return to daily life as usual.

Fumigation is only used to treat termite infestations

Fumigation is a popular method of treatment for termite infestations because it is so effective at killing these destructive pests. However, fumigation is not the only method used to treat termites. Fumigation is also not reserved strictly for treating termite infestations. During a fumigation treatment, all pests residing within the home will die off. This includes rodents, spiders, ants, and any other insects commonly found throughout homes in San Diego.

Fumigation is one of many safe and effective methods for removing existing pests. Harbor Pest Control has been providing advanced pest control services for residents of the San Diego area since 1948. We remain committed to providing families just like yours with safe and efficient ways to remove any pest infestations and prevent them from returning. If you are experiencing problems with bothersome pests, please contact Harbor Pest Control today for a complete home inspection.