Heat for Termites: A Case Study
Alliance Environmental Group offers pest control services as well as help with many other environmental challenges. We use high temperatures to eradicate: bed bugs, mites, cockroaches, rodents and...termites!
Alliance was called in on a big project recently that utilized heat treatment instead of dangerous chemicals to kill termites, ensuring that the indoor environment not only in the treated structure but also the structure attached to it would not be affected by the process of getting rid of a huge termite problem.
Terminix called in Alliance Environmental Group to this project in the Bay area which involved an extensive infestation of termites affecting the entire home, including the garage. Terminix would typically use their own fumigation process for an infestation like this but they had a special problem: the building was attached to another structure that was not being treated.
The owner of the infested building did not want to treat his neighbor's building with pesticides, nor did he want to expose his own family to these killer chemicals and so he decided to choose heat treatment.
Eight heaters were used to treat the entire structure, an unusual project that most companies are not comfortable doing. Not so Alliance Environmental! We used our heaters to raise both the inside and outside temperature of the bullding high enough to kill all termites at every stage of development, ensuring no reinfestation will occur.
For Alliance, this was a very simple project, with as little impact on the indoor environment of these homes as possible. There was no need for the families impacted to move out, to bag their food, to remove chemical residue or to launder linens after the treatment, all of which adds cost and inconvenience to fumigation projects.
We are happy to have been able to help this homeowner eliminate his termite problem while causing the least environmental impact.
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. She welcomes your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!