Structural Fumigation | California Pest Control | A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc.

Structural Fumigation

When termites (or bedbugs) have crept into inaccessible areas that chemical treatments cannot reach, structural fumigation becomes necessary.

At A-1 Bonded Termite, we understand that fumigation is a dangerous process and we take great care to conduct structural fumigation safely. Structural fumigation involves toxic gasses and is not recommended as a DIY task, we suggest fumigation is handled by professionals. 

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The Process of Structural Fumigation

A structural fumigation process typically takes 3 days and 2 nights.  The professionals at A-1 have tented many different buildings for structural fumigation: from small single-family homes, large condominium complexes, complicated oceanside residences, offices, stores, churches and other public buildings.  No structure is too big for A-1 to fumigate – call us today for an estimate if you are concerned about your infestation.


Make sure you have somewhere to stay.

To fumigate, you must vacate the entire residence – and that includes all pets (fish tanks too!).

The entire property must be “tented,” or covered with a gigantic tarp, to contain the gasses that are used to take care of the termites or bed bugs.  The purpose of the tent is to hold in the fumigant ensuring all vents and within walls are 100% pest-free.  Structural fumigation penetrates deep into the interior of the home.

Family or friends with guest rooms may help with a couple-nights visit, or hotels are an option.  Once fumigation starts – you may not re-enter your home! Even for just a few days, it can be very inconvenient to not have access to your home, make sure you have all your necessities packed up. (If you need a pick-me-up, go on a vacation and enjoy the time away from your house while we take care of the pests.)

Preparing for the Structural Fumigation

Before the process, preparing your home for structural fumigation plays an important role.


Okay…we understand that it can be daunting to clean up before a fumigation.  After all, you wanted pest removed, not to need to clean your entire house.  Preparation includes removing people, pets, plants, and bag your food items according to the provided instructions.


Remove food from the refrigerator and freezer – it may become contaminated by the fumigation process,

Remove Houseplants – Plant life is also susceptible to being affected by fumigation.

Clean up – It is a great time to go through items that you don’t use and purge them!   


after structural fumigation

After Structural Fumigation

The gas leaves not residual behind so there is no cleaning required.  It is safe to use all linens, silverware, dishes and all items not included on the required bagging list.  




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*Restrictions apply for some real estate transactions and multi-unit buildings. Call for details.