Occasionally it might appear as if a neighbor is hosting the circus. Suddenly a big tent appears over their house for a few days, and they move out in the meantime. But you know that’s no circus, because you see a pest control company’s truck in the driveway.

Yes, having your home fumigated is a lot less fun than inviting clowns over to play. But it’s nowhere near as scary as people sometimes believe!

One of the most common questions we receive is about these tents. Homeowners imagine that we’re spraying some sort of mist or fog in these homes, and they worry that they will be exposed to toxic chemicals when they return.

In reality, all we’re using inside those tents is a gas. We set up large fans, which keep the gas circulating throughout the home for about 16 to 18 hours. During that time, the gas penetrates into every nook and cranny in the home. It goes where we can’t, to suffocate every last insect in the home. Since these gases can penetrate up to three feet into wood, it’s the best way to deal with difficult pests like termites.

Imagine a helium balloon with an insect inside. Gradually you allow the helium to escape the balloon, and all that’s left is a dead bug. That’s essentially what happens when we fumigate a home. The gas dissipates, and no residue or any kind of chemicals are left behind.

So, after your home is tented and fumigated, you just walk back into a clean, pest-free home. If you have any other questions about pest control, don’t hesitate to give us a call. In the meantime, there’s no need to fear those big circus-like tents!