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Fumigation Versus Local Treatment

Termites can cause significant damage to your home. When it comes to treating a termite infestation, there are two primary options: local treatment or fumigation. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right option for your situation requires careful consideration of several factors.

Local Treatment for Drywood Termites:

Local treatment

involves applying termiticides directly to the affected areas. This method is typically used for smaller infestations and can be a targeted solution to control drywood termites. Here are some pros and cons to consider:


  • Local treatment is less invasive than fumigation and typically requires less preparation.although usually requires drilling into wood and sometimes finished drywall

  • This method can be less expensive than fumigation and usually is done in a day or so.

  • Local treatment can be more environmentally friendly, as it typically uses less pesticide than fumigation.


  • Local treatment may not be as effective for larger infestations, as termites can be difficult to locate and control. Majority of property is left untreated.

  • This method may require multiple treatments to be effective, which can add to the overall cost.

  • There is a risk of missing areas of infestation with local treatment, which can lead to continued damage.

Fumigation for Drywood Termites:

Fumigation involves tenting the entire structure and filling it with a gas that kills termites. This method is typically used for larger infestations or when local treatment is not effective. Here are some pros and cons to consider:


  • Fumigation can be a more effective solution for large infestations and can reach areas that may be missed with local treatment. Entire structure is guaranteed

  • This method typically requires only one treatment, which can save time and money in the long run.

  • Fumigation does not require physical damage to walls or lumber.


  • Fumigation can be more expensive than local treatment.

  • This method can be more invasive, requiring the occupants to vacate the structure for 2 nights.

  • Fumigation uses more pesticide and can have a greater impact on the environment.

In conclusion, the choice between local treatment and fumigation depends on the severity of the infestation, the size of the structure, and other factors. Tombstone Termite Control can evaluate your situation and recommend the best course of action.

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