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Termite Tenting

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Forrest, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    Does anyone know what chemicals they use for this process? Also, does it work for stuff besides termites?

    Anyone know if plants can survive the process of termite tenting. I need to do that soon, and I have a few plants in the atrium with mealie, a small amount (shut up Jon). I was wondering if I could leave them there and come back to no bugs.
     
  2. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Sorry Forrest I have no clue but sounds like a great question to ask the company doing the work as they are the experts and should know....right?
     
  3. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    yea. have you seen the guys that do this work? They are the Cliff Claven type experts.

    Now I recognize that going to an online forum for the answer definitely has its shortcomings, and by no means did I expect full enlightenment, but I figured maybe someone has tried this and might share.
     
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    Please explain what the hell "termite tenting" is and I might be an expert on it.
     
  5. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    it is when they put a tent around your house, then fill it with gas. the gas kills the termites. Not sure what the gas is, haven't researched that.
     
  6. abaxter

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    Sounds risky as hell to me. What's wrong with a good whammy with Orthene?
     
  7. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    nothing at all, except that would require me getting off my ass and spraying.

    The tenting is going to happen anyway, so it would be automatic. :D
     
  8. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I suppose everything is relative when speaking in terms of gross tonnage.
     
  9. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    you know, I could just leave it. Christmas is coming. Its kinda like a light snow dusting. Festive for the right time of year.
     
  10. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Forrest, we had to tent Uncle's house. We had to open everything. Including the car doors & trunks that were in the garage. I had them add an extra chemical for the ants. I moved all of the plants away from the sides of the house, out of the tenters way. Have you seen those guys work? Seriously? You would trust any plants to them??????????????
    Merit, Dude ;) Do it yourself & you know it's done right!
     
  11. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    tough crowd.

    ok, ok, I will zap it myself. :p
     
  12. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    I believe chlorine gas is the vapor of choice. But I think it depends on the pest to some extent and various other factors. I don't think the gas(es) they would tend to use would be particularly plant friendly.
     
  13. Brant

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    they used to use Methyl Bromide which kills everything even gross tonnage of mealies and humans. Not sure what they allow in Cali now. Some companies use freezing but not when tenting. Plant sensitivity i would like to know about, my place is gonna need to be tented here soon as well.
     
  14. Alexis

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    We have to have our house tented, too. Ugh, what a PITA. But, it's the only way to get rid of the bastids once they are in the frame of your house. We've already treated for the undergrounders (there are two types of termites - subterranean and those that dwell in your structure. can't remember their name.) For the subbies, the chemical used is called Termidor. For tenting, a gas called Vikane is used. At least here locally. It will kill EVERYTHING, including plants, that it touches. So unless you want to kill your atrium plants along with the mealies, you will need to move them out.

    DH is a certifiied pest control operator, although we deal exclusively with plant-damaging pests. One needs a whole separate license for wood destroying organisms (WDO.) Make sure you hire a reputable company. I had some trouble with Terminix here locally. That's who we hired to take care of our subbies. Idiots didn't realize that they were dealing with folks who knew a thing or two about the industry. I ended up getting my house treated for free when I demanded all our money back because of their dumbass technician. Mwahaha.
     
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    Brant dazed

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    i used to have a PCO license in Arizona (cotton) boy what fun it was loading and monitoring and occasionally getting sprayed with all kinds of chems !! damned crop dusters :eek:
    glad you got yourself a free tenting !!
     
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    Not a free tenting, unfortunately. But I did get $1800 worth of free bait stations, drilled into our solid coral-rock ground. We'll be tenting this winter, as soon as the weather cools enough. We're going to camp in our grove while our house is inhabitable!
     
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    I recall seeing homes tented when I lived in Calif. never have seen it in the Northeast. :confused: Maybe it is because of our winter???? :confused:
     
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    like big circus tents
    tented_home.jpg
     
  19. Forrest

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    Good info. so what about their claim that you dont need to wash your dishes or clothes afterwards?
     
  20. Alexis

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    Here's my understanding, in layman's terms: the active ingredient (AI) becomes completely inert, and harmless, once the gas dissipates.

    If this is untrue, or there is more to the story, I will get back with you as soon as DH returns home. I have him out fetching me a coupla steaks for dinner.
    :D