Fumigation is a whole house eradication termite treatment. This type of termite control is for Drywood termites. There are steps you would need to take to prepare your home prior to the termite fumigation. Once you have called Best-Rate and set up your fumigation we will then need to schedule a fumigation preparation. During the fume prep appointment, we will go over everything you need to know about the termite tenting process.
Termite tenting is a three day process.
The first day the tarp will be placed on the structure and tightly sealed, the Vikane gas will then be introduced to the structure.
The next day the aeration process will begin.
On the third day the tarp will be removed from the structure and the licensed fumigator will periodically check the air quality until it is safe for re-entry. Once the structure is safe for re-entry the licensed fumigator will post a notice on the front door stating that the property is safe for re-entry. You will need to save this notice to show to SDG&E to have your gas restored once the fumigation process is complete.
Before you begin
Before the termite tenting process can begin, the structure must be vacant by law. All people, pets, and plants must be removed from the structure before fumigation. This includes fish aquariums.
As required by law, all food, feed, drugs or medicines may remain in the structure provided they are in a glass, metal, or plastic bottles, cans or jars, with the original manufacturer’s air tight seal intact. Items that are ingested by mouth, not in manufacturer’s sealed metal glass or plastic jars, cans, or bottles must be DOUBLE bagged in Nylofume bags which are provided to you by your inspector.
Any food, drugs or medicines not double bagged in Nylofume bags will be thrown away at owner’s expense. Research has shown that Nylofume bags are very effective when used one inside of the other. This process prevents the Vikane fumigant from penetrating the bag; which is very important to protect you, your pets, and your family. A Best-Rate representative will assist you in the bagging process to provide you with peace of mind.
Remove or open items with plastic coverings such as: mattresses, pillows, couches, baby mattresses, Can’t-wet (waterproof) mattresses, etc. Also, remove or open any plastic covers on dry cleaning.
Any and all plastic storage containers must have the lids ajar- this is very important! If the plastic coverings are not removed, the fumigant can be trapped within these items, and by opening them you may expose yourself to the Vikane fumigant. Vikane fumigant is a true gas which you cannot see and has no smell. Chloropicrin is essentially a tear gas and is used as a warning agent to keep all living beings out of the structure.