Whole Structure Fumigation eliminates 100% of drywood termite colonies.


Whole Structure Fumigation vs. Spot Treatment

Advantages of Whole-structure Fumigation
• 100% Elimination of Drywood Termites
• Administered by Trained, Knowledgeable Fumigation Experts
• Backed by Unparalleled Service and Support

Disadvantages of Spot Treatments
• Spot treatments do not eliminate unidentified termite colonies
• Drywood termites that survive can re-establish a new colony
• Homeowners may have to pay for multiple spot treatments over time to control drywood termites
• Some treatments may require drilling which can potentially cause additional damage to a home

The Five Steps of Fumigation

1. Sealing the Structure
After a series of preparatory steps, your fumigator will completely cover the structure with a number of tarpaulins that are joined together into a gastight “bubble”. This bubble is sealed to the ground around the exterior of the structure with weights filled with sand or water. One or more hoses through which the fumigant will be introduced are run from the interior of the structure to the exterior fumigant release point. The doors of the structure are then locked with special locking devices and warning signs are attached to each side of the structure.

2. Fumigant Release
The next step is the release of the fumigant into the structure. The fumigator uses a special calculator to calculate the amount of fumigant that must be released to kill all of the termites. Just before the fumigant is released, a special warning gas (chloropicirin or tear gas) is released into the structure. Anyone trying to enter the structure unprotected would be warned to leave by the smell of the warning gas and the tearing of their eyes.

3. Exposure
The length of time the drywood termites are exposed to the fumigant is also calculated. The length of the exposure can vary based on several factors such as the lowest temperature within the structure. Most exposure period are 20 to 24 hours in length.

4. Aeration
After the exposure period is complete, the airtight bubble is opened at several points to allow the fumigant to escape. Movement of the fumigant out of the structure is aided by exhaust fans. The tarpaulins and weights around the structure are also removed.

5. Clearance
After a sufficient period of time, the fumigator will test the air within the structure for the fumigant using a sophisticated instrument able to detect the fumigant at extremely low levels in the air. Only after the structure has effectively aerated and is certified for you re-entry will you be allowed to re-enter the structure.

Fumigation Checklist:

Access to property including garage. We must have keys to structure prior to fumigation. This includes garages and locked bedrooms or closets.
Signed Occupants Notice and Pesticide Disclosure. This form must be signed and in our possession prior to the fumigation.
Food must be double bagged or removed. This includes items in the refrigerator. Please read our bagging instructions for further information on what to bag and not bag.
Electricity must be on. Fans and monitoring devises are used during the fumigation which require the use of electricity.
All animals must be vacated. This includes fish. Outdoor cats are recommended to be taken away from the fumigated structure. Dogs may not be left or leashed inside the yard.
House plants must be removed. Plants left in a fumigated structure can die from exposure to the fumigant.
Gas must be shut off by the Gas Co. prior to fumigation. We will schedule to have your gas shut off the morning of the fumigation. You must call to have your gas service restored. Gas Co. 800-427-2200.


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