Preparing for Fumigation

The following is a guideline for assisting in fumigation preparation. For more detailed information please contact us.

1-800-344-9190

Exterior preparations

  • All awnings, shades, window valances, etc. must be lowered or secured to prevent damage.
  • A distance of 2 feet from the structure's base or overhang must be kept clear. Bushes, tress, sprinklers, decorations, devices, etc. must be trimmed/removed to allow access to the area.
  • Trees that overhang the roof must be trimmed back to allow enough workspace to access all areas of the roof, overhang, and sides of the structure.
  • Mulch, rocks, stone, and debris must be removed down to the soil or slab.
  • Fences, walls, lattice, etc. abutting the structure will need to be removed prior to fumigation. The tarps must be dropped from the roof of the structure to the ground and these items do not allow that access.
  • Any screening such as pool coverings or patios extending from the structure must be removed to a distance of 4 feet to allow for work and to prevent damage.
  • Antennas, satellite dishes, poles, staffs, weather vanes, lighting rods, etc. attached to the structure should be removed prior to fumigation to prevent damage.

Interior preparations

  • All people, living plants and animals (including fish) must be removed from the structure to be fumigated.
  • All items for human consumption such as food, feed, beverages, drugs and medicinals which are not in airtight containers (airtight containers are defined as glass jars with metal lids having the original factory seal, unopened canned goods, and unopened plastic bottles) must be removed from the structure prior to fumigation. This includes refrigerated and frozen items, as well as spices, cooking oils, boxed goods, corked wine bottles and other ingestible items. The only items that may be left in the structure is through the proper storage of these items in Nylofume bags which can be obtained from our company. "When in doubt, take it out."
  • Mattresses completely enveloped in water-proof/plastic covers that cannot be removed or opened (such as infant mattresses, high chair seats, changing table pads, etc.) must be removed. These covers restrict dispersion of the fumigant during aeration.
  • All flames such as pilot lights and electric heating elements must be turned off. Gas supplies must be shut off at the main valve.
  • The following should be opened prior to fumigation: internal doors, internal openings to attics and sub-areas, storage chests, safes, cabinets, drawers, and closets. This assists in rapid dispersion of Vikane during fumigation and aeration.
  • Air conditioning/heating systems must be set to the off position.

Additional tips

  • The typical fumigation process is approximately 72 hours (2 nights, 3 days) so remember to make arrangements for overnight accommodations for you and your pets.
  • It is a REQUIREMENT to provide us with a set of keys to the property. Key arrangements must be made prior to fumigation to gain access to all areas being fumigated.
  • You will need to make arrangements to have the gas shut off at the main valve by your utility company.
  • Weather may dictate a delay or postponement of fumigating a structure. Keep an eye on the weather while scheduling your fumigation for heavy winds, heavy rain, or low temperatures.
  • The electricity must be kept on as large electric fans will be used for gas distribution and aeration during the fumigation procedure.
  • A notice will be conspicuously placed on the entries to the structure indicating the time and date that it was tested for safe re-entry. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-ENTER A STRUCTURE BEFORE FINAL CLEARANCE IS GIVEN.

Please note that due to the nature of the fumigant being used, it is not necessary to wash dishes, bedding, clothing or any other surfaces upon your return. The fumigant is a true gas and leaves no residue.