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Heat for Termites: A Case Study

Posted on November 15, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

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If you are a regular follower of our blog, you know that our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, offers pest control services as well as help with many other environmental challenges.

Alliance was called in on a big project recently that utilized heat treatment instead of dangerous chemicals to kill termites, ensuring that the indoor air 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, especially from the attached building if it had not been treated at the same time.

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 has been the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other environmental services, since October of 2011. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more updates on indoor air challenges!

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