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Drywood Termites: Tent Fumigation

Florida Environmental Pest Management (FEPM) has tented thousands of homes and buildings in South Florida for more than 30 years. There are two circumstances when we usually recommend tent fumigation: Before moving into a new home and right after an infestation has been discovered. Fumigations are effective for termite treatment but also for getting rid of other pest infestations, as well.

When a home or business has a termite infestation, we usually recommend the FEPM No-Tent Termite Treatment, which is far more convenient for the homeowners or business owners. At times, however, the better and sometimes the only course of action is to have your home or business tented and fumigated.

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Dow AgroSciences “Commitment to Excellence” Program

FEPM is a member of the Dow AgroSciences “Commitment to Excellence” Program, which means that our professionals are highly trained. This program requires continuous, extensive training. There is particular emphasis on all mandatory safety practices for performing tent fumigations. This includes proper aeration and using secondary locks. A series of written examinations must be passed, without exception, in order to ensure that all members maintain the quality standards established by the program.

Trust FEPM to Solve Your Termite Problem

Fumigation requires skill, experience, and knowledge. It is an exact science that will help to protect you, your family, your home, and anyone else who might make contact with the materials used during the tenting process.

Tenting is not a job for amateurs. Eliminating a termite infestation requires proper monitoring of a home’s fumigation and precise calculation of the dosage of the materials used.

About Drywood Termites

Drywood termites can do extensive damage to a home before they are detected. The following are descriptive features of these voracious little insects:

  • Drywood termite alates or winged reproductives are typically pale brown to reddish-brown in color.
  • The termites are cylindrical in shape and have hardened bodies.
  • They have four wings of equal size that extend longer than the body.
  • Drywood termite soldiers and nymphs are cream colored. They have soft bodies but are typically hidden from sight inside of cellulostic materials, such as a piece of wood.
  • The size ranges from 3/8” to ½” in length.

Drywood termites live in colonies that grow to a termite population of 5,000. They need no contact with the ground. In fact, they need very little moisture. The way they obtain moisture is from the water produced by ingesting cellulose. This results in fecal pellets that are sand-like and very hard.

There is no true worker caste, which are found in subterranean termite colonies. In drywood termite colonies, there is a king, a queen, nymphs, soldiers, and pseudergates (false workers).

The reason preventative termite treatments are so important is because all of the termite species can be very difficult to detect. As for drywood termites, you may see swarms and frass (fecal pellets), which are signs of a mature colony.

To help discourage termite infestations, store firewood and scrap wood at least 20 feet from your home. Seal all crevices and cracks in your structure.

The best way to get rid of termites is to trust the professionals at Florida Environmental Pest Management. We are specialists at all approaches to pest control, including tent fumigations.