Termite Tenting and Fumigation

Termite Fumigation

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.

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Outdoor preparations

Your termite inspector will walk around the perimeter of the structure and let you know of any and all shrubbery, tree branches, all loose/decorative bark and gravel that need to be trimmed back or moved away from the structure. This is done to allow enough space for the tarp to fall freely to the ground (12 to 18 inches outward from the structure). Any live potted plants, seeds or bulbs intended for planting and are inside the structure would need to be removed and placed outside in a safe area away from the structure. Any plants within the tent may be affected. Saturating the soil before the fumigation has a couple benefits: it can help save plants, however this process is not guaranteed, and help with improved ground seal during the termite tenting process.

All obstructive articles such as antenna guide-wires or weather vanes must be removed to prevent damage not only to the fumigation tarp, but to your guide-wires and vanes. Fumigators will not be held responsible. Satellite dishes may need to be re-aligned and we strongly recommend that you contact your satellite company to do so.  Retract all awnings, since only you know how to operate them; If left open, this would require more fumigant to be shot into your structure, which then would increase the termite fumigation cost. All attached structures will be included in the fumigation (deck, patio covers, awnings, sheds, etc.)

The Law requires that all buildings be locked during the termite fumigation process. Therefore, we must have keys to all doors, including those that are normally kept locked; such as safes or storerooms. Automobiles may be left in the garage but must be unlocked with windows down and trunk open.  Key arrangements must be made prior to the termite tenting process. Best-Rate will place a lock box on your front door for you to place all required keys before the termite fumigation begins.  To ensure that the owner or tenant cannot re-enter a structure, the fumigation company is required to put a secondary lock on all doors leading to the outside of the structure that only the fumigation company can open. These locks can be any device such as a padlock, keyway lock, or deadbolts, which will prevent opening by anyone but the licensee in charge. During the aeration process the law requires that all doors, windows, and safes, etc. be opened to allow a proper aeration before we can allow re-entry to your home.

Keep power on

Electricity must be available, as it will be necessary to run fans during the fumigation process. It is important that exterior lighting does not come on during the fumigation because we don’t want the appliances creating additional heat within the structure or damage the tarps. You will want to shut off automatic switch controls for appliance, lighting systems, and automatic sprinkler systems. The gas to your home will be shut-off by SDG&E. Customer must contact SDG&E to re-store the gas and light pilots. You can contact SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343.

Final walk-through

Now that you are back in your home, gas restored, and ready to get back to your normal schedule, we here at Best-Rate like to perform what we call a Final Walk through. This is just to ensure that everything was done to our satisfaction. Your termite inspector will pick up the lock box left on the property and answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment to get a free estimate on the cost of termite tenting on your structure call us today at 858-304-1222.