Will Termite Treatment Kill Other Bugs?
Certain types of termite treatment, fumigation in particular, should effectively kill other insects in your home at the time of treatment.
Some types of termite treatment are effective in killing other bugs that may be in the home at the time. Fumigation in particular is lethal to other types of pests. Because so many invasive pests can be controlled with fumigation methods, many homeowners will be happy to know that any pest in their home will be eliminated through this technique. However, many non-chemical or eco-friendly treatments will likely not work to control other pests in the home.
The Fumigation Process
Fumigation is one of the most effective ways to not only control termites but many other pests as well. It is the preferred method for exterminating drywood termites but is often a necessary part of ensuring all types of termites are eliminated. The basic process includes some of the following steps:
- Before fumigation, homeowners will be instructed to vacate the premises and to help prepare their home before it is tented.
- During fumigation, the house will be completely covered and sealed using tarps. A chemical gas will be introduced, and fans will be used in order to thoroughly circulate the gas throughout the house.
- After fumigation, the gas is cleared out by use of fans and by opening ventilation areas around the tarps. No one will be permitted to enter the building until certified fumigators have deemed it completely safe.
What Other Pests Are Killed by Fumigation?
Although the fumigation technique is most often used for termites, it can effectively kill many other pests present in the home or above the ground. While different dosages of fumigates are required for different pests, fumigation is known to kill some of these other bugs:
- Wood-boring beetles
- Bed bugs
- Pantry pests
Which Termite Treatments Don’t Kill Other Pests?
Besides fumigation, it’s hard to know whether certain termite treatments will effectively kill other pests or not. Orange oil, Termidor, baiting systems, and other methods of control have all been reported to be effective in killing other bugs in the home, but every situation is different. It’s best to consult a professional pest control company who can come up with a custom treatment plan to tackle different types of pests you may be dealing with.