The “No Tent” Scam

The “No Tent” Termite Control Scam

Many homeowners are mislead into believing that “No Tent” termite control works and just applying chemicals will solve a termite problem. Don’t be ripped off with the “No Tent” method!  You need to know WHEN the “No Tent” method of termite control is appropriate for you.

Here’s How This Scam Works.

Drywood termites live in small localized areas above the ground in dry wood, such as in the roof, floor and furniture. If you are sure that all possible areas with wood are accessible, then spot treatments will work and you don’t need tenting. But unscrupulous companies will inspect your home and give you the “bad news” that your home does not qualify for the “no tent method” and your building must be tented because the infestation has spread too far. Unscrupulous companies will use a “bait and switch” method to offer you treatments you don’t need.

You need to know which method, tenting or chemical spot treatments will work. Unscrupulous companies will try to convince you to have your building tented when spot treatments will work, or try to sell you the “No Tent” method when tenting IS required. It is a Scam to offer a “No Tent” method to property owners who may not want to “tent” their building when it’s necessary. (Some property owners  don’t want to tent because it takes a lot of time and preparation – you have to move out, take the food out, worry about damaged shrubs and have people walking on your roof.)

When do you need tenting?

Your building needs tenting if there is evidence that drywood termites are thriving in inaccessible and hidden areas. Termites may be active in areas inaccessible to visual inspection, but unscrupulous companies convince customers that they can treat all the wood with chemicals to eliminate all infestations of drywood termites including the roof, walls and other areas where the termites can form colonies.

When do you NOT need tenting?

You don’t need tenting if you are sure that the all the infestation areas are visible and accessible. Because termites will not return to an area treated by chemicals – and can exist elsewhere – homeowners can have a false sense of security if the don’t see the drywood termites after spot treatments.  There can still be colonies in inaccessible and hidden areas, but to get your business  a company may try the “No Tent” scam.

Termpest is HONEST and will Advise You of the Correct Method to Use.

Call Termpest and we will evaluate your particular problem correctly and give you a non nonsense “spot treatment” or “tenting proposal”.cropped-TermpestLogo-1.pngExample

Right       Termpest uses a “spot treatment” using the Electro-gun and the “drill and treat” method on an entire drywood infestation. Drywood termite droppings were found in a door, a door frame and baseboard. The entire colony was located in a single piece of wood where the infestation was visible and accessible for treatment.  (Remember, entire drywood termite colonies live in small local areas.)

Wrong    A technician from another company tries to spray from a distance an infestation found in the attic instead of electrifying or drilling holes and injecting chemicals. She wants to spray the affected area from a distance because it can not be reached. But, without injecting the infested wood with a chemical or using electricity you will not, in most cases kill the termites.

How can you know when you’re being scammed?

It is impossible to spot treat an entire attic area for drywood termites because access to every piece of wood in an attic is impossible. This is especially true in insulated attics with extremely high temperatures. An inspector who tells you they can properly treat an insulated attic without “tenting” is scamming you.

In many cases there will be no visible signs, such as droppings to indicate the location of existing drywood termite colonies during the drywood termite “swarming season”.   Beware of unscrupulous pest control operators who try to sell you a “no tent” termite treatment plan when they can’t locate the infestation. It’s a scam. If you can’t find an infestation you must tent the building, or else how can you say that the treatment worked?  You can’t!  That’s just COMMON SENSE.

Conclusion 

If you can’t visually locate the infestation(s), then the only proven method is fumigation by tenting.