I'm new to CA. I've just bought my first house. It's been tented for
termites. Now I know that termites are endemic here, but I've a piece of
old family wooden furniture that I'd like to protect from them. Is there
anything that I should / can be doing to give ongoing protection, other than
tenting the house every 5-10 years?
You are wrong!!
I didn't believe it either until I saw it with my own eyes. Think of your
house wrapped up like the biggest birthday present you ever received ... and
yes, they fill it full of chemicals!
:) What is this 'tenting' business?
:) Surely it doesn't mean that they put a huge tent over the entire house and
:) then spray chemicals to kill the termites?
:) Please tell me I am wrong on this.
In certain areas of the country Dry wood termites are a problem. They don't
have the same moisture needs as do the subterranean termites found throughout
the rest of the country. Basically a large tarp is covering the home where a
strong fumigant that has the ability to penetrate the wood kills out the
colonies. http://hawaiifumigation.com/ has some pictures.
I have it on good authority that in Hawaii whenever someone tents their
house to treat for termites all their neighboors bring their furnature over
for treatment too. Just a part of life there.
:) I have it on good authority that in Hawaii whenever someone tents their
:) house to treat for termites all their neighboors bring their furnature over
:) for treatment too. Just a part of life there.
Heh...I've heard they will "sub-out" any empty space inside the house for
furniture, to help cover the costs of the home tenting.
Actually, I think they use a gas instead of
a chemical (like a pesticide). A friend once
witnessed a whole apartment building go up in
a ball of flame one night because a spark from
an appliance ignited the tent full of gas.
Quite an amazing story.
Des Perado wrote:
My exterminator told me that the chemical gas used for termite fumigation
works by depriving oxygen to the adult termites. It has no effect on the
eggs, but when they hatch the larva need to be fed there are no adults
around, and so they starve. Don't know how true that is, but I guess it
He also told me that spiders will survive the tenting. I didn't believe him
until we moved back in after our tenting and the spiders were still there.
- Dewolla Stepon
They cover the house in plastic tarps, folded over together and clamped
along the edges. Pump in chemical - aerosol or gas - leave it a few
hours. Only way to get at them inside the wood. Believe tenting is
used only for subterraneans and other methods for drywood.
Unless you plan on leaving your furniture outside, you shouldn't worry about
termites. In CA we have both dry wood termites and those that live in the
ground, tenting is the preferred way to get rid of dry wood termites, they
make their colonies in the wood of the house not in the ground so poisons
applied to the ground have no effect. Since the gassing has no lingering
effect, you could get termites the next day, let alone in 5-10 years, it's
just the luck of the draw.
I was told that caulking all cracks and painting all exposed wood is the
best protection from dry wood termites.
"Shut up and keep diggen"
:) I'm new to CA. I've just bought my first house. It's been tented for
:) termites. Now I know that termites are endemic here, but I've a piece of
:) old family wooden furniture that I'd like to protect from them. Is there
:) anything that I should / can be doing to give ongoing protection, other than
:) tenting the house every 5-10 years?
For the piece of furniture, keep it sealed/varnished/painted, and keep
inspecting it for any debris falling from it. If it was a piece that termites
could move into, the furniture itself would be fumigated rather than the
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