Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do …?
I have allergies, can I still be treated?
I have young children and/or pets. Are your products safe?
What do I need to do if my house needs to be fumigated?
All people, pets and plants must be removed from the structure before fumigation. (This includes fish and seeds or bulbs intended for planting). Medicines, feed and food not sealed in metal, glass or highly resistant containers must be removed from the structure or sealed in protective bags as recommended by the fumigant manufacturer.
If fumigation is the right option for you, we’ll manage the process as seamlessly and effortlessly as possible.
We’ll provide you with a PDF with instructions to prepare your home to certain specifications, before you take a vacation for a few days. Then, our fumigator will completely seal, or “tent,” your home. This tent will allow us to treat your home with the most effective fumigant available. After that, your property will be aerated fully before you return. The fumigant we use leaves no residue in your home or on its contents. So once your home is cleared for re-entry, you can pick your life up right where you left off.
I know I have termites, but I don’t want to fumigate. What else can be done?
If treatments other than fumigation are recommended, you should be aware the localized treatments will not provide eradication of other hidden infestations in the building.There are several alternatives to localized chemical treatments. There are, however, only two methods for whole-house eradication of drywood termites: fumigation and whole-house heat treatment.
Other methods such as orange oil, electro gun, microwave, and freezing with liquid nitrogen are local or spot treatments designed to eradicate termites in a specific area. They are not, however, intended for whole house eradication and therefore are NOT alternatives to fumigation. The University of California, Berkeley, conducted a study for the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) on these methods. A free, condensed version is available on SPCB’s Web site, www.pestboard.ca.gov/howdoi/research.shtml.
Structural Pest Control