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What is fumigation?
Fumigation is the process wherein insects are eliminated from a structure with the use of lethal gas. Sulfuryl Fluoride gas is used because between the exterior and interior of your home lies a no-mans land inaccessible to even the professional termite inspector.
These spaces, however, are not inaccessible to termites, beetles and other wood destroying insects. Spot treatments often miss them, giving you a false sense of security and wasting your money. A complete treatment with a fumigant gas reaches into every corner of the structure including inaccessible areas, and kills every termite, even those that were never located.
Spot Treatments vs. Whole House Fumigation
- Spot treatments can only treat small localized areas of your infestations due to the construction of a typical home; there are too many inaccessible areas that cannot be reached with a local chemical treatment.
- Majority of termite infestations go unseen for many years and thus would not be detected or included in a spot treatment, leaving enough termites behind to continue their destruction. It only takes a few pairs of reproductive termites left untreated to begin the process all over again.
- Most companies charge the same or more for an inferior spot treatment than what you would pay for a whole structure fumigation.
- No toxic residue is left behind with fumigation.
- Fumigation rids your home of un-wanted pests in addition to termites. Although we do not guarantee the elimination of other insects in our warranty we can provide you with a separate bid for pest control.
The Gas Company requires 48 hour notice prior to scheduling the fumigation in order to shut the gas off at the main.
The process prior to introducing the fumigant requires a licensed team of professionals to completely seal the structure. This serves to contain the fumigant in the building so it can penetrate wood members thoroughly. Depending on the construction type of the building the doors and windows may be sealed with tape and or plastic sheeting, or more commonly will be covered with tarps. The building will remain sealed for approximately 24 hours depending on the infestation. Warning signs are posted around the building notifying people that the property is being fumigated and to keep out. At no time is your home left unsecured. The fumigation company will use two forms of locks to secure all main points of entry. After 24 hours of covering the structure the crew will return to remove the equipment and commence aeration. It is not safe to re-enter on this second day so everything remains locked and secured and the warning signs are still in place. On the third day a licensed fumigator will return one last time to check the gas levels in your home (which must be read with an Inner-Scan at 0 parts per million) and then it is safe for us to post your home for re-entry. The gas company will most likely show up on this third day to re-light your pilots depending on the arrangements you made with the fumigators.
Once you re-enter your home feel confident that the utmost care has been taken to insure that your home is safe for re-occupancy and is now termite free!
Subterranean Termite Treatment
Subterranean Termites can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your homes framing. They can chew away at the girders, floor joists, and wall studs, leaving you with a very expensive wood repair bill.
Fortunately Fumes R Us has the solution to all your termite treatment needs. After we have identified the infestation, entry points, and conditions conducive to this infestation, our team of professionals will devise a plan to rid your home of these ruthless invaders. We use the best products available in our industry which our low in toxicity, and when used according to the label, are safe for your family and your pets.
There is minimal vacancy required for this type of treatment. And many times it’s not necessary to leave the premise.
There are two types of subterranean termite treatments. “Repellent” & “Non-Repellent”
Repellent treatments require that we create a continuous barrier around the entire perimeter (where applicable), in order to keep termites from entering your home as well as killing of the termites that have already infested. Our product of choice is Maxxthor
Non-Repellent technology utilizes a chemical substance such as Termidor or Prothor, which are undetectable by the termites. They will continue to forage and eat for a short term basis and then through the transfer affect, the termites will contaminate the entire colony; wiping out the queen and all her workers. The other good thing about this method of treatment is that you do not need to use as much of the product since you are targeting only the infested areas of the structure.
Once we have examined your infestation, our licensed representative can further discuss which method is suitable for your particular needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much fumigant should be applied to my home?
This can only be determined by the fumigator, as factors such as target pest, exposure time, seal of the structure, weather conditions, temperature etc... will be calculated in order to figure the total amount of gas to be used.Read More
There are many species of structural infesting termites and each one has developed effective ways to get at and attack the wood in your home. Preventing termite attack and killing these...Read More