Fumigation is a multi-step process that effectively removes pests from your home or business. While this treatment is highly effective, this technique is also much more involved than other pest control treatment types. This treatment requires participation from all household members to prepare before fumigation and to ensure a safe return once completed.

The following information is here to help guide you through the process and answer your questions. If you have any other questions, please reach out to our team at A-1 Bonded Termite by calling 714-502-9230


Table of Contents
1. What is Fumigation
  1.1 When is Fumigation Needed?
  1.2 100% Eradication
  1.3 How Long Does the Process Take?
  1.4 Is Fumigation Safe for my Family & Pets?
  1.5 Who Can Provide Fumigation Services?
2. Types of Fumigation & The Process
  2.1 Structural Fumigation
  2.2 Furniture Fumigation
  2.3 Boat & Yacht Fumigation
3. Target Pests
4. Additional Resources

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What is Fumigation?

Fumigation is a pest control treatment that fills a target area with pesticides to poison the pests within. Fumigation involves sealing off the treatment area and introducing a gaseous pesticide to asphyxiate pests. This treatment is one of the most effective pest control techniques. It stops pests in their tracks and avoids any further pest damage to your property.

When is Fumigation Needed?

Primarily, pest control technicians will recommend fumigation for a significant infestation. This type of treatment concentrates the insecticides within a treatment area and protects the surrounding areas from exposure to the fumigants used.

After a thorough inspection, our team at A-1 Bonded Termite will provide recommendations for treatment. First, we will determine if you have an infestation, what type of infestation, and the extent. There are various treatment options available, and our team will recommend the best option(s) depending on a variety of factors. To schedule your free inspection, please call us at 714-502-9230 or fill out the form on our contact page, and a representative will reach out to you shortly.

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    100% Eradication

    Whole structure fumigation is the only proven method for 100% eradication of drywood termites, bed bugs, and several other pests.  Unlike other methods available that target specific areas only, fumigation extended into every nook and cranny of your home and penetrates the wood.  Termites simply cannot survive.

    A-1 Bonded Termite proudly offers Vikane gas fumigant.  Vikane has been a trusted name in fumigation for decades and is Made in America.  Other “knock-off” versions of the active ingredients are available which are made in China, however, A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. continues to support the company with decades of research and development and ensure our customers and public health and safety remain a top priority.

    How Long Does the Process Take?

    The process usually takes between 24-72 hours to complete. Your pest control service provider will walk you through the process in detail and provide a timeline for the treatment. Depending on the fumigant and weather conditions, the time needed to complete the fumigation process may vary.

    Fumigation is a multi-step process. Please remember that it is essential to carefully follow the directions of your pest control provider for safe and effective treatment.


    Is Fumigation Safe for my Family & Pets?

    Following the instructions of your pest control provider will allow for a safe fumigation treatment. Fumigants are dangerous and can be fatal if inhaled, or you make contact with the chemicals while the process is in progress. You will have to make alternate living arrangements for the fumigation to proceed. It is crucial to allow enough time for the fumigants to dissipate and ventilate from your home before returning. Also, properly removing or sealing food and other items during the preparation is vital for your family and pets’ safety. Click here to learn more about preparing your house for fumigation.


    Who Can Provide Fumigation Services?

    Certified, licensed, and trained professionals should ONLY perform fumigation services. These professionals will ensure your safety from potentially harmful chemicals used during treatments and from the target pests. It is important to note that improper use of fumigants can be fatal. DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF. Contact a licensed pest control professional such as A-1 Bonded Termite for your fumigation or pest control needs.


    Types of Fumigation & The Process

    Fumigation treatment can fall into one of the following three categories

    Structural Fumigation – Structural fumigation is the only Drywood Termite treatment that can kill all termites within a structure. At A-1 Bonded Termite, we have a 3-day treatment process. On day 1, all of the preparation will be completed and inspected by our crew. We ensure that the preparation steps are finalized and seal the structure. Then, our team secures the area and releases the fumigant throughout the structure. On the second day, our team will ensure that all tarps are still correctly sealed and begin the aeration process. On day 3, we inspect the air quality and remove the tarps. When chemical readings are at or below target levels required by the manufacturer, the Licensee will place a re-entry notice on the front door. That finishes the treatment!

    Furniture Fumigation – Drywood Termites and other wood-destroying pests such as Powder Post Beetles can infest furniture. It is imperative to have the infestation eradicated before these pests cause severe damage to your furniture or home. A-1 Bonded Termite offers furniture fumigation services at our Bellflower, CA location only. 

    You may drop off your furniture at our facility. We place all pieces into a securely sealed container. We introduce Vikane gas into the chamber, penetrating the furniture and killing all pests within. The furniture will stay in the vessel for 3-4 days, and after, there are no residual chemicals left on the furniture. This treatment will not damage your furniture, and you can pick it up once completed.

    Boat & Yacht Fumigation – Similar to the structural fumigation process, we have a 3-day system in place for this treatment. On day 1, our team inspects all preparation, seal the structure, and release the fumigant into your boat or yacht. On day 2, we check all tarps thoroughly to ensure a tight seal is still intact, and the aeration begins. On day 3, we remove the tarps, take air samples, and once the chemical readings are at or below manufacturer requirements, place a re-entry notice on the front door.


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    Target Pests

    Fumigation targets a variety of pests. Most often, this treatment targets termites and wood-destroying pests. Other target pests include Bed Bugs and Wood Boring Beetles.

    Have More Questions?

    If you still have questions, please contact our certified pest control professionals at A-1 Bonded Termite. Call us today at 714-502-9230 or fill out the form below, and a representative will reach out to you shortly.








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