I belong to one of several Facebook groups that are dedicated to people with MCS. Today, I noticed someone left worried comments in one of the groups about having a mega termite treatment done to their home…fumigation tent and all! Their pest control company had recommended this treatment and had assured them that all the fumes would dissipate with no toxicity problems…hmmmm.
I felt bad for the person, knowing that this is a terrible dilemma for someone with chemical sensitivities and no where else to live.
And, it’s not at all healthy for people who don’t have MCS…it’s just plain toxic. In an attempt to help, I left a comment pointing to one of our articles about non-toxic termite treatments. Don’t know if that will help, but at least I tried.
Dealing with termite treatments both for new home construction and in older houses can be a real health problem. This one particular issue has been a sticking point whenever our family has tried to find a house to buy. We have lived in different parts of the U.S. and several times we’ve attempted to find a home that was already built.
Because of my multiple chemical sensitivity, it’s always been difficult, generally impossible, to find a home that we could even remotely make safe for my health. One of the first issues that has been a problem in almost every house we ever looked at was the type of termite control methods used.
Sometimes, even the smell of pesticide was still evident when viewing a home with a realtor. Other times, records would show that a complete dousing of the home foundation with a toxic pesticide treatment had been previously applied. Frankly, whether you have chemical sensitivities or not, living in a home where certain conventional termite treatments have been applied can damage your health.
Alternative Non-toxic Termite Treatment Options
Of course, there are many subjective issues that surround this subject, but suffice it to say, that if at all possible, avoid most traditional termite treatments. Wouldn’t it just be better to use one of the newer, safer nontoxic (or almost nontoxic) methods available?
That’s a Yes for me! Otherwise, I’d be living in a tent in the woods somewhere! 🙂
In fact, some alternative termite treatments are accepted by construction loan companies in lieu of the required conventional methods. I know this for a fact, because the last house we built, we used the Tim-Bor method that is generally nontoxic.
Our termite company worked with our contractor and agreed to clean their application tools before treating with the Tim-Bor that was shipped in for use. They were very helpful and worked with us.
I could actually walk through the construction site after treatment without any ill health effects. It was amazing.
Some methods are best for new construction and some work well for older homes with termite problems. However, you’ll need to take a look at what works best for you and your situation.
If you want to learn more about the 4 most common alternative non-toxic termite treatments, take a look at one of our more comprehensive articles about the subject.
I hope this is a little helpful to whomever is in a quandary about how to deal with termites without going the toxic route of extermination.
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