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My family is tenting the house for termites in a little over a week and I want to make sure I'm covering all my bases in making sure my parrot is safe.

Obviously, the parrot will be safely away from the premises. We were told to stay out for 3 days, and I have plans to board her for 4 days. I'm not sure she'll like that much -- since she's fully flighted, the employees won't be able to play with her :'( I'll be picking up a very grumpy parrot 4 days later, LOL.

All her toys and food will be living in my car. Her cage will probably be kept in the backyard with a sheet overtop in case wild birds land on it while it's out there -- or I might disassemble that and keep it in my car too, if I'm feeling extra paranoid. The bag of chop in the freezer will be transferred to my grandmother's home temporarily.

This is the obvious stuff and as I've been researching it, I've discovered the toxic chemicals can potentially lurk in clothing and bedding (as well as carpet, but we have hardwood fortunately). I have a lot of clothes, but I can maybe keep most of it in the back of my car also (assuming there's room left) in addition to my bedding.

These are the only things I can think to do to prepare, but obviously the entire house's worth of furniture cannot fit into the back of my car. I presume I will have to do some OCD cleaning on the furniture and flooring once we return to make sure it's safe. I'm not an OCD cleaner in general, so some suggestions here would be appreciated. In particular, I want to focus on cleaning our cloth couch and table since the parrot enjoys walking across those surfaces.

Am I missing anything ? I've never had to worry about a tenting before -- some personal experiences and advice would be greatly appreciated !
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:07 PM
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Re: Termite Tenting...

I am NO expert at all when it comes to getting rid of bugs and the effects it could have on pets, but I did have my house exterminated about six months ago. I simply removed everything related to my bird, disassembling the cage (it doesn't fit through doorways, unfortunately) and placing the pieces in a storage unit outside. Lucille stayed at my parents' house for 3 nights, 4 days, and I saw no ill effects after she came home. I also have hardwood floors. Of course the chemical compounds are certainly different, but I hope that experience eases your mind a little. I know that I was a nervous wreck bringing her home.
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Re: Termite Tenting...

As a suggestion read everything the company and or makers of the gas have put out there.
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As a suggestion read everything the company and or makers of the gas have put out there.
Then add two - four days and remember to well ventilate the home and wear-out the wash machine, wash everything!
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Re: Termite Tenting...

No help here, just this mental image that popped in my head of your car, lol.




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Re: Termite Tenting...

The guy from the extermination company came by to give us some literature. I peppered him with questions, in particular asking if this particular gas could stay in clothing/fabrics. He assured me this was not possible, as the melting/boiling point of the gas is very low.

Which I do not find particularly comforting. I'll be reading the literature carefully, but with a grain of salt. I'm nervous trace amounts of toxin might remain in my clothing -- I may very well become that car as I try to load as much of it into my car as possible (I hate doing laundry and will avoid that one where possible :') ).

My dad is talking about getting a detector they apparently sell to detect this toxin before we bring the pets back into the house. I don't know how reliable it is, but it would be a relief to rule at certain objects as being contaminated.

I have Kermit booked and cleared to board at a local petshop I have a lot of trust in, so at least I know she'll be very safe for 4 days. But I'm going to miss her terribly anyways D': I hope she doesn't think her flock has abandoned her.
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Re: Termite Tenting...

Your clothes and other fabrics, cushions and curtains could be put into large vac bags or even huge ones like these/ DIMPA Storage bag Transparent 65x22x65 cm - IKEA
Also plastic tubs that seal well will work. SAMLA Box with lid Transparent 39x28x28 cm/22 l - IKEA
If all well sealed they could go into the garage or outbuilding. Probably the less stuff in the house the better the gas will work? (unless in the fabrics also?).

This type of storage is always useful after as well. Keeps stuff clean and dry.

Go visit her, pick a quiet time, sure they will not mind?
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Re: Termite Tenting...

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The guy from the extermination company came by to give us some literature. I peppered him with questions, in particular asking if this particular gas could stay in clothing/fabrics. He assured me this was not possible, as the melting/boiling point of the gas is very low.

I'm nervous trace amounts of toxin might remain in my clothing -- I may very well become that car as I try to load as much of it into my car as possible (I hate doing laundry and will avoid that one where possible :') ).
I have not heard of the chemical break-down of the active agent put that way: "melting/boiling point of the gas is very low." What I believe that he said, or meant to say is that active agent (toxin) is not stable when uses at normal temperature and therefore breaks down rapidly.

The needed cleaning references are based on eliminating what agent may still be active and to eliminate the 'tracking' of whatever drove the need for "Tenting" to begin with! So, even if you load all of your stuff in your car, it still needs to be cleaned to remove the 'bug' tracks, and that is about as gentle as I can but it.

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Re: Termite Tenting...

NOTE: Do what you dislike first and it will have a profound effect on your life!

Yes honestly it will, you will feel so accomplished when the dreaded task is completed you will sail through the others at speed.

https://www.termites.com/information/ = everything you didnt want to know about Termites!
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