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Does tenting (fumigation) kill subterranean termites?
Sunday, March 28, 2021
We inspected a rural 1938-vintage house last week that won the trifecta for wood-destroying pests. It was infested with drywood termites, subterranean termites, and wood destroying beetles. Tenting kills anything above ground, so it eliminates the drywood termites and beetles, along with any subterraneans inside the house at the time of tenting.
But subterraneans live in the ground and come up into the house through mud tubes to feast on its wood. Fumigation does not reach their below-ground nests. To eliminate them requires a chemical ground treatment. The combination, especially for a large old house, can get very expensive.
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