If your inspector discovers heavy infestation in areas that are mostly inaccessible, they may recommend fumigation. Fumigation is a three-day process and dates are set by mutual agreement.

Our inspector will go over all the preparation needed with you.  All documents and waivers will be thoroughly explained and we can answer any questions that you might have.  We will also provide Nylofume bags to store edibles in.

What should I expect?

Fumigation is a three day process.

  • The first day the tent goes on and the home is carefully sealed to keep the Vikane gas from escaping.  Warning signs are posted on the exterior of the tent and the gas is introduced into the structure. *The alarm is installed and activated for customers who choose this option.
  • The second day we measure the amount of gas in the house to ensure that the gas did not escape.  This is a crucial step to confirm an effective eradication.  Once this is confirmed, the house is aerated, allowing the gas to escape.
  • The third day the tent will be removed and the home will be cleared for re-entry once the gas is completely dissipated and the home is safe to enter.  This is typically done in the AM.  The gas company should be scheduled to turn everything back on in the PM.

Important things to know:

California law requires the fumigation company to open at least one operational window in each room a minimum of 3″.  For structures with more than one floor, only the top floors will be opened.  The first floor windows will be locked.

Industry wide, we require a foliage, burglary, and roof waiver.  In some cases a neighbors release form may be required.

Currently installed alarm systems cannot usually be used.  Since some of the windows have to be left open, the sensors will sometimes prevent the alarm from arming.  If the alarm cannot be turned on and off from the exterior of the tent (by using a remove), then it also prevents the use of the alarm.  To still provide protect to your home, we do offer a temporary alarm.  The alarm is installed with an audible base station, motion sensors and cellular connection for monitoring.  Bay Alarm (a national alarm monitoring company) will monitor the house and dispatch police if any of the motion sensors trigger the alarm.  The owner and the fumigation company are also informed.

We will arrange to turn the gas off for you.  You will be responsible for turning the gas back on.  The fumigation company and the gas company does not work on Sundays.  This means that fumigations that start on Friday or Saturday will be a 4-day process.

Fumigation will eliminate insects that are under the tent.  However, at times, ant infestations can occur after the fumigation because ants and termites are natural enemies. If this happens, please call us so that we can help you with our ant treatments.

The fumigation company needs access to all areas of the house to ensure that the gas has no risk of lingering.  This means that all doors need to be unlocked and opened.  This includes safethesmyths!

Always remove valuables from your home.  Cash, jewelry and fire arms are the top things that burglars look for.

Electrical conduits running between buildings can carry gas from one structure to another.  For this reason, all buildings must be vacated during the fumigation process weather all buildings are being fumigated or not.

Satellite dishes are often knocked out of alignment during the process of removing the tent.  Realignment by your satellite provider may be necessary.