Why and How?
Why Buildings Are Fumigated
Insects that feed or tunnel into wood can
seriously damage houses, apartments, and other dwellings
or structures. Each year termites or other wood destroying
insects damage approximately 2 million homes. Depending
on the extent or location of the infestation, fumigation
is the only total control method proven to eliminate certain
infestations of wood destroying insects.
How Buildings Are Fumigated
48 hrs prior - The fumigation company
will make a request to Southern California Gas Company
for gas turn OFF
Day 1 - On the day of fumigation the structure is completely sealed (because Vikane and Zythor are gases); this serves to contain the gas in the building so it can penetrate wood thoroughly and eliminate the pests.
Day 2 - The tents are up, the gases work
to eliminate pests in the structure.
Day 3 - The tarps are removed, a professional
fumigator will aerate the structure by opening the doors
and windows. Fans may also be used to clear out the building.
Once the dwelling has been thoroughly aerated, the fumigation
company is required to measure the level of any fumigant
in the living space to ensure it is below the EPA approved
concentration for re-entry by the occupants.
Day 3 - The fumigator will post a notice
on your building indicating the date and time for reentry.
Day 3 or after - Customer will make a
request to Southern California Gas Company for gas turn
ON at least 24 hours prior
As of November 2010 the California Aeration
Plan (CAP) for Structural Fumigations took effect. This
plan requires that we open at least one operable window
at least 3 inches for each room, including the garage,
that contains a window that can be accessed and opened
by normal means. During the past several months our industry
has seen an increase in break-ins. The break-ins occurred
during both the exposure period and after the aeration
We advise our customers to contact their local police departments to make them aware that they are having their homes fumigated as the police may wish to increase their patrols in neighborhoods undergoing fumigation. KK Termite nor our contracted fumigation company will provide security during the fumigation process and neither company will be liable for theft.