Our house was officially sick. Termites do not a friend make, so this past weekend we were forced to tent our house. While this is a process I’ve seen many times driving through neighborhoods, it’s one I’ve never been on the receiving end of. Naturally, there were many things I didn’t know about it.
For one, you have to double bag all your food. I thoughtlessly hadn’t considered the food aspect of fumigation. Of course, it makes sense that if you fill your home with poisonous gasses, your unsealed food is vulnerable. And no one wants to eat poisonous-gassed food.
Not only do you have to double bag your food, but you also have to tape it or twist tie it shut in a double twist.
That also counts for food in your freezer and refrigerator.
But you don’t have to bag up any canned or bottled goods.
And, first and foremost, you have to find a place to stay while your house is tented. Poisonous gasses that kill the bugs do not a friend make either. Luckily, my parents and I found a nice hotel suite in town.
We even brought along my dog with us for our stay at the pet friendly hotel. So, while our house was sick and being treated, we were spending good quality family time all together.
We arrived back at our house today to find it tent-free, the fumigators already done with their job. Now we’re getting settled back in, and there are still things to get back in order. But, regardless of all the family fun we had at the hotel, I’m really glad my house is feeling better.
After all, there’s no place like home.