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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 has commenced.

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.

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