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Isn't It Dangerous To Have My Owensboro Property Fumigated?

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People have been developing methods for getting pests out of homes for generations. One method that was developed along the way is fumigation. Now, we know what you are thinking. “Isn’t filling my home with gaseous chemicals dangerous?” The simple truth is, yes, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. If done right, fumigation can be the solution to your pest problems. To help you decide whether fumigation is the right choice for your Owensboro property, here are some things you need to know.

Which Pests Require Fumigation?

Some pests are more difficult to treat than others, especially ticks, fleas, termites, and bed bugs. What sets these pests apart is their ability to hide deep within your home when threatened, and the long periods of time they can survive without needing to enter into your home for food or a drink. Why is fumigation the best method to deal with these types of pests? For one, it is designed to reach every nook and cranny of a home to eliminate pest threats wherever they are hiding.

What Is Fumigation?

There are many misconceptions about fumigation. One misconception is that it leaves residue behind. The truth is that fumigation uses a gas that dissipates after treatment is done. So clothing, bedsheets, and other items do not have to be washed after the fumigation process has ended.

Some people, after they have learned about fumigation, will purchase or rent a fogger and a form of spray pesticide to try to treat their homes themselves. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but it will leave residue behind in places that could get you, your family, and your pets very sick.

Fumigation is only dangerous while it is going on. For this reason, homeowners are asked to leave their homes for the duration. Pest control technicians wear protective gear and ventilators to ensure their own safety.

One other common myth about fumigation is that it is odorless. This is only partly true. Although the chemicals used in fumigation do not have a smell, chloropicrin (tear gas) is added to ensure that any pets or people that wander into a tent will quickly leave.

How Action Pest Control Does Fumigation

Our fumigation process starts with isolating the infested area. For smaller infestations, this might include sealing off a room of your home or even a single piece of furniture. Larger infestations, however, require a massive tent that is placed over the entirety of your home. Most often you, your family, and your pets will need to be absent for the duration of the treatment time.

Once your home has been fully sealed and everyone is out, our technicians then begin the fumigation process, pumping a measured amount of gas in and letting it work for the appropriate time needed. After treatments end and the tent is removed, windows will be opened to allow your home to air out. Once everything is properly ventilated, you and your family will be allowed to re-enter--and enjoy your new pest-free environment!

When To Call Action

Whether bed bugs are keeping you up at night, fleas are biting your pets, ticks are hiding in your carpets, or termites are chewing at your walls, dealing with pests inside your Owensboro home can be an absolute nightmare.

To find out for certain what pest pressures your home is up against, or to find out if fumigation is the right choice for you, reach out to our team today. We can talk you through your options and schedule your home for a thorough pest inspection. When it comes to effectively removing pests from homes, there is no one better fit for the job than Action Pest Control.