Fumigation 101

What is it?

IMG 1103Fumigation is the only method of insect control that is able to kill a target insect regardless of its location within the structure. Unlike other treatment methods used, fumigation allows the gas to penetrate every possible point of the structure where a target insect may be located. Common target pest here in Florida are Powder Post Beetles, Old House Bores, Bed Bugs, and Drywood Termites.

Why choose Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. for your fumigation?

boat fume 320 284Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. is a Douglas Commitment to Excellence (CTE) Tent Fumigation Company. This is the highest certification a company can receive from Douglas Products who produce the gas Vikane. For the past 11 years Geiger’s Pest Services, Inc. has made a voluntary commitment to excellence on the fumigation we perform. Our company is held to the highest standard within the fumigation industry. This CTE program requires all of our fumigators to participate in the continue education on a yearly bases.

With this CTE program and having over 5 State Certified Operates on staff, Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. is qualified to handle your fumigation and all of the questions you may have throughout the process.

Preparation for Fumigation

Here are some highlights of what needs to be prepped for the fumigation. Please read the COMPLETE prep sheet to ensure you are fully prepared for the fumigation. Click here.

  1. Anything that you consume that has been opened must be bagged or removed, including things in the fridge and freezer.
  2. All makeup, shampoo, lotions, dishes, silverware, and clothes can stay during the fumigation process and will not be damaged.
  3. All medicine, opened toothpaste, and mouthwash must be bagged or removed from the property.
  4. All rocks, mulch, plants, and bushes must be moved 18 inches from the home

Please CLICK HERE for a list of Exterior and Interior requirements.

How does it Work?

There are five steps to fumigation:

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  1. Sealing the Structure: covering the entire structure with tarps to create an airtight bubble.
  2. Chloropicrin (warning agent): a small amount is placed in the structure prior to the release of the Sulfuryl fluoride. This is used as a deterrent to early or accidental re-entry during the fumigation.
  3. Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane®) Release: a specifically calculated amount of the fumigant is released into the structure based on a cubic footage calculation, weather conditions as well as the target pest.
  4. Exposure: length of time the termites are exposed to the fumigant based on calculations for the structure. This period is usually between 16 and 24 hours.
  5. Aeration: tarps are removed to allow the Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane®) to escape. This process is aided with the use of exhaust fans.
  6. Clearance: involves checking the air within the structure with a clearing device for any remaining fumigant. Only after the structure has been certified clear will you be allowed to re-enter the structure.
  7. Click here to view the Vikane® Label
  8. Click here to view the Fact Sheet for Vikane® Fumigation

Visit www.termitetenting.com to learn more about Vikane Gas and the Fumigation process.

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