Congratulations on making the decision to fumigate your home! This investment is critical for the future of your home and will pay back in spades. Hopefully, by now, you’ve talked extensively with your termite control technician and have a good idea of what to expect from the process of fumigating your home. While it may feel overwhelming at first, you can rest assured knowing that you’re making an excellent investment for your family home.
As your treatment date draws closer there are several things you need to do to prepare yourself and your home, most importantly is packing your belongings. You won’t be expected to pack up your whole house - in fact, you’ll want to leave any potentially infested wooden furniture in the home to be treated. But, it’s important to know the facts before you get started. Here are a few things that you’ll want to be sure to bring with you when you leave.
Medicines, Toiletries, and Skin Care Products
Some of these things you’ll need for use while you’re out of the house. But you’ll want to bring with you any and all toiletries that are applied on your skin, or ingested into your body. Of course, you can leave behind unopened bottles of shampoo or toothpaste, buy anything with a broken seal that could absorb chemicals and release them later on, should be carried out with you.
Raw And Previously Opened Foods
The same logic applies to food. If the gases can permeate its packaging you should take it with you. That includes fruits and vegetables, bread, boxes of pasta, and opened spice containers. You’ll also want to remove everything from your fridge and freezer as the fans in the back can draw the gas into your appliance. And, as soon as you return home remember to dump out any ice in your freezer.
Pet Food And Supplies
Grab the bin of dog food and any toys to bring with you. This will keep your buddy busy while at your in-laws house and ensure that the items that most often end up in his mouth haven’t come into contact with the fumigation gasses.
Children’s Toys And Accessories
Since your babies are just as likely to pop their toys in their mouths as your puppy is, it’s safest to bring them with you. Plus, you’ll want to have access to entertainment while you’re out of your house with your little one. If you’d prefer not to drag all the toys with you, you can purchase Nyoflume bags to store them in during fumigation. You’ll also want to remove any crib mattress (or other vinyl covered mattresses) from your home as there is a risk of the mattress absorbing some of the chemicals and releasing them over time.
We hope this checklist has been helpful! Treating your home for termites is a big step and you, like so many other homeowners, will be very glad you made the investment. If you have more questions about what to expect from home fumigation, and what to bring with you or leave behind, give us a call today.