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  • Which questions to ask your inspector

  • Newly discovered health risks

  • Materials that hold gas long term

  • The actual amount of time it takes to be safe

  • and much more...

What will this report teach you?

What questions to ask your inspector?

The recently discovered health risks associated with tenting.

The types of materials hold onto gas beyond the aeration period.


Tenting for drywood termites

As a 21st century service company, we take all things into consideration including the safety of the family, our employees and our environment. Recent studies show that sulfuryl fluoride stays in the atmosphere for up to 40 years. That is at least 35 years longer than originally stated by its maker. While we do believe in structural fumigation as a viable treatment to eradicate drywood termites we also believe that it should be used sparingly.

Tenting for Termites
Fumigation aeration tube

Structural fumigation is a pest control method that involves filling the airspace within a structure with a toxic gas. A tarp, or tent, is used over the structure to trap the gas inside. The gas penetrates cracks, crevices, and pores in the wood to eliminate pests, such as drywood termites and bed bugs. After the tarp is removed, fans are used to help the gas escape into the atmosphere. Leftover residues are not expected to remain on surfaces.

The primary active ingredient in fumigants intended for residential dwellings is sulfuryl fluoride. Only certified applicators can use sulfuryl fluoride products because the U.S. EPA classified them as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP). Certified applicators have been trained in the proper handling of the fumigant and fumigation-related equipment and procedures. You can read more at the National Pesticide Information Center.

The following is a general timeline for a typical Drywood termite fumigation:


Fumigation Day 1 – (Up)

  • A fumigation crew covers the entire structure with large tarps. The tarps are secured with long “sand snakes” placed along the foundation of the structure and related attachments.

  • A licensed fumigator prepares the interior by ensuring the removal of food, feed, drugs, plants, people and pets. The fumigator is also responsible for placement of fans, opening of doors and drawers and placement of warning agent (chloropicrin) in specific locations.

  • The structure is secured with secondary locks on all entryways and warning signs are posted at specific locations.

  • Once the exterior has been properly sealed and the interior prepared, the warning agent is applied and the proper dosage of Vikane® Gas Fumigant is introduced into the structure. The fumigant is contained in the structure for a predetermined amount of time, penetrating deep into wood to eliminate Drywood Termites.

Fumigation Day 2 – (Aeration)

  • After the proper exposure to Vikane® Gas Fumigant has been administered, one of our licensed fumigators will open a pre-installed inlet/outlet ventilation system to begin the aeration process.

Fumigation Day 3 – (Down/Re-Entry)

  • Once the proper amount of aeration time has elapsed, the fumigation crew will remove the tarps from the structure.

  • Once the tarps are removed from the structure, one of our licensed fumigators takes air samples from the interior living spaces with equipment specifically designed to detect the presence of Vikane® Gas Fumigant.

  • Once it is determined that it safe to return to the structure, the licensed fumigator will place a Re-Entry Notice on the front door. This notice will indicate the date and time that it was certified safe to re-enter.

  • The secondary locks and warning signs are removed to complete the fumigation.

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