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Cost of Tenting for Termites
By Frank Reece

One of the most effective treatments for eradicating drywood is termite tenting. Termite tenting is also otherwise known as fumigation. Termite tenting is only used to control drywood termites, not subterranean termites.

The drywood termite excels in coastal regions. These drywood especially thrive in warm, moist climates. Drywood termite infestations in the U.S. mostly occur in Florida, California, and Texas. Your chances of hosting these destructive, wood eating, pests greatly increase.

Drywood are a social insect. Drywood have a caste system, in which members of the colony are responsible for specific duties. The drywood will basically eat your house from the inside out, including your wooden furniture.

A specific trait about drywood is that once the food supply is gone, they die. In a place with limited wood, such as a dead tree or log, this is a good thing. Unfortunately, with your house there is enough wood to last the colony years if left unchecked. However, before an active colony dies off when the food supply is gone it produces winged termites. These winged are both male and female. They leave the colony to go establish new colonies. Unfortunately, your home would make a great place for these drywood to start a colony in.

All these winged drywood need is a small opening in any wood. The wings then detach, and they go inside the wood. The really bad news is, because the drywood produce many male and female winged pairs, you can actually have many colonies started in your house.

Once the pair of drywood go inside the opening, they actually seal off the opening. Termites prefer darkness. They then mate inside the wood. Then the female produces a large amount of eggs. It doesn't take long for these eggs to be laid and hatch. Then the begin



to tend to their specific tasks. Some drywood known as workers tend to the young and search for food for the colony. These will have no problem with using the wood from your house to feed the colony.

One sign of a drywood termite infestation is the fecal pellets they leave behind. You generally will spot drywood termite droppings long before you ever see an actual drywood termite. The fecal pellets are small wood grain like pellets. If you know you have a drywood termite infestation or suspect you do, it is best to call a drywood termite expert.

Once an inspection is made, and it is confirmed you have a drywood termite problem, termite tenting will most likely be suggested. Termite tenting has been scientifically proven to provide complete control of drywood termites..

Termite tenting uses a wood penetrating gas. Termite tenting and fumigation is safe, and thorough. Termite tenting has been performed on homes, museums, businesses, schools, churches, and other buildings for decades.

Once your house has been fully tented, the drywood exterminator will release the fumigant into your home. Once the fumigant is released into the house, it actually penetrates through the wood. Once it penetrates the wood, it destroys the existing infestation. There is a brief waiting period after your home has been termite tented before you can go back in. After termite tenting you can be sure that you have won not only the battle but the war with drywood termites.

Most drywood termite exterminators will guarantee that after termite tenting you will be termite free. Termite tenting leaves behind no permanent residue. When it comes to the price of termite tenting it is best to shop around. Termite tenting is very expensive. It can cost $3,000 or more. You should also ask the drywood termite professional about prevention, so you won't have to have termite tenting again.


Frank Reece has been in the industry for 25 years. You can find his articles on www.linkmyarticles.com.

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