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My Neighbor Just Fumigated, are Pests Going to Come to My House?

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In Tampa Bay, coming home and seeing fumigations trucks in front of your neighbor’s house can be understandably worrying. Aside from the health concerns relating to pesticides, many believe that if a house is fumigated, whatever pests were in your neighbor’s house will migrate over to yours. Fortunately, this is highly unlikely. Here is some information on the fumigation process, and why, if you see fumigation tents over your neighbor’s homes, you have little to worry about.

Summary of a Typical Fumigation

Fumigation is when a house or building is filled with gaseous pesticides, killing all bed bugs, rodents, termites, and other pests which may be living inside. Almost always, fumigators will cover the structure with a large tent to prevent the toxic chemicals from seeping out and causing harm to the environment and other people. The tent also serves to keep the pesticides concentrated within the house so they can do the most damage to the pests inside. Then a ventilation machine aerates the house until the chemicals are entirely removed and it is safe to enter. The whole process usually only takes a couple of days.

Will the Fumigation Drive Pests into Your House?

In short, no. The point of fumigation is to kill every single pest inside a house. It won’t herd them out of your neighbor’s house and into your own, because there will be none alive to make the trip. You also don’t have to worry about the toxic chemicals harming you or anyone else, because, between the tents used during fumigation and the number of protocols being followed, the process is entirely safe.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that if a house near yours has been infested with pests, there’s a good chance that your home will also become infested if it is not already. This is not because the fumigators have pushed your neighbor’s pests into yours, but because if people around you are suffering from pests, it’s probably because you live in an area where those types of pests are multitudinous. Therefore, it would be a good idea for you to have your house inspected so you’ll be able to stop your pest problems before they start.

The world of pest control can be complicated, but you don’t have to let it overwhelm you, especially with Geiger’s Pest Services to help you out. For more information or to look into receiving quality pest control services, contact Geiger’s today for help.