When termites infiltrate your home it's natural to want them gone as soon as possible. Whether you're yet to book a fumigation service or you're preparing for the one you've arranged, it's worth knowing how to prepare. Here are some essential tips that'll make the process more bearable:

Pack all the essentials you need for three days

Collectively, fumigating your property, allowing it to aerate, and letting the chemicals leave your house can take up to three days. The termite extermination firm you're using will provide a more accurate estimation. Because of this, it's a good idea to pack all the essentials you'll need for this period, as returning to your property before it's safe to do so can mean exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals. Prioritise all the essentials you can't access elsewhere, such as medications and items you need for work. 

Prepare your food accordingly

In most cases, any tins or glass packages you're yet to open don't require additional protection. Any cardboard or plastic packaging, whether you've opened it or not, will require double wrapping using air-tight bags. Although placing such items in your cupboards will stop some of the fumes reaching them, they'll still come into contact with noxious chemicals. You may find you need to throw all fresh food away, but do ask your termite extermination firm for further guidance.

Remove all living things, including plants

Even if your plants are sturdy they won't fare well in the face of extermination fumes. Similarly, although there aren't many studies into the effects of fumigation chemicals on marine life, most companies will advise moving your fish elsewhere if possible. If this looks as though it'll become a mammoth task, it's worth seeking professional advice for aerating the tanks to protect the fish and remaining tanks against the fumes. 

Inquire about surrounding shrubbery

Although those who fumigate your home will assess it before work begins, you may want to ask them whether any of the surrounding shrubberies will obstruct the tent. In some cases, it's necessary to cut plants back, and for the sake of maintaining your property's aesthetic qualities, you may want to hire a professional landscaper. 

Remove tight plastic sheeting from items such as mattresses

Depending on the chemicals the fumigation company uses, there's a chance that any tight plastic sheeting surrounding new mattresses and furniture could delay the aeration process. Whether such items are in storage locations like attics or not, it's a good idea to remove them to promote smooth aeration.