Risk Averse Homeowner with Termites
Dear Sammi SaferBuilder,
My house has termites. Everyone from my builder to my realtor says this is
a very serious problem and that I can't risk using alternative methods.
Is it safe for me to leave for a week and while they apply the pesticides
and then come back when they're done?
Homeowner who Doesn't want to risk health or house
Dear Risk Averse Homeowner,
Leaving for the week or weekend won't protect you from the harmful effects
of pesticides. The chemicals can remain a problem for a long time after
application-- often they can pose a health hazard for years.
On hot days, they may vaporize and invade your airspace causing health
Once the chemicals are present, it is extremely difficult
to remove them, even if they subsequently become illegal
or cause health problems for an occupant.
There are safer ways to get rid of termites.
See SaferBuilding™ Subterranean Termites
SaferBuilding™ Termite & Pest Management.
Many pest control companies which are capable of using safer methods
discourage their customer from using them informing customers that the more
toxic methods are actually safer. While this is shocking, they mean safer
than previous products as opposed to safer than the products that they are
Have the SaferBuilding Termite sheets in hand when talking to to your pest
control contractor. You may need to change contractors if you aren't
satisfied with their bid.
Remember that a pest control operator claiming that the pesticides aren't
dangerous may actually mean that there is less profit in the safer methods
or that the pest control operator doesn't like change.
Remember many people once said that paints needed lead to be effective.
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