Termite fumigation is necessary to eradicate extensive Drywood termite colonies ranging from 3-5 years in age. With fumigation, insects are eliminated from a structure using a registered fumigant.
At Hume & Company fumigations are carried out using Vikane® Gas. Vikane® is odorless, colorless and leaves no residue. Because it is an inorganic gas when used according to label directions, Vikane® gas fumigant completely dissipates from a structure following fumigation, leaving no surface residue, odor or film behind. This means you will not have to wash dishes, linens, clothing or furnishings after fumigation. Vikane® gas fumigant has been proven through nearly half a century of practical use in more than 2 million structures.
PREPARING YOUR HOME
The peace of mind that comes from knowing a home will be free of dry wood termites requires preparing it for whole-structure fumigation with Vikane® gas fumigant. Preparation involves bagging food, removing pets and plants, and arranging for lodging. Many homeowners take this opportunity to clean out the clutter and getaway or visit family.
Here are some ideas to consider as part of the preparation process.
Bagging food and other items in special Nylofume® bags, as directed by your fumigation professional, is an essential step when preparing for whole-structure fumigation with Vikane. Here are some suggestions for making bagging fun, easy and rewarding.
- Throw a party to get rid of extra food and any beverages in opened bottles.
- Search the Internet for recipes for creative dishes you can make with the food you have.
- Use this event as an opportunity to clean out your cupboards and refrigerator.
- Donate any unneeded/unwanted food to charity.
- Know what needs to be bagged.
While your home is being treated for dry wood termites through whole-structure fumigation with Vikane® gas fumigant, you will need to find somewhere else to stay. Being away from your home doesn’t have to be an inconvenience — here are some ways to make the best out of your time away.
- Use this event as an opportunity to visit relatives you haven’t seen for a while.
- Plan a vacation around your fumigation.
- Take advantage of the time away from home to visit local events or attractions.
- Removing pets and plants. All pets and plants will need to be removed from your home while the fumigation is taking place.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind when making arrangements for your pets and plants.
- Arrange to take your plants to a neighbor’s house or designate an area outside where they will be out of the way of the fumigation crew and tarps.
- Arrange a “play date” for your pets or take them to an animal spa.
- Discuss with your fumigator preparations for large fish tanks and terrariums that cannot be removed during the fumigation.
SECURITY AND SAFETY
While you are away from your home, it is normal to be concerned about your personal belongings and valuables. Here are some things you can do to keep your mind at ease during your fumigation.
- For extra security, inform your neighbors that your house is going to be fumigated and ask them to keep an eye out for any strangers or unusual activity.
- Take all your valuables with you, when possible. Create a “valuables checklist” so you can easily make sure everything is in place when you return home.
- Ask your neighbors to pay extra attention to their pets and children to ensure they stay away from the fumigation site.
AFTER THE FUMIGATION
After the fumigation is complete, the termite evidence must be cleaned up to prevent confusion about future infestations. Infestations in attic areas and sub areas are masked by spreading sodium borate (white powder) over the evidence to provide a clean slate so future infestations can be easily identified. A separate appointment will need to be set for Hume Termite to come and perform this work. Owner should clean up other areas in the structure (interior, garage, etc.) by sweeping or vacuuming.