Termite Fumigation

Any time you see signs of termites in your home or business, you need to call professionals. Your building may require termite fumigation from a termite specialist. Fortunately, we at A-1 Bonded Termite have the expertise, tools, and products needed. We combine these elements to create the best fumigation treatment available. Start by calling us as soon as possible for a free termite inspection.

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Do You Need Termite Fumigation?

How do you know if you need fumigation? Honestly, you probably won’t know unless you are a pest control specialist yourself. However, you probably can recognize some of the signs of infestation. In “Termites 101,” PestWorld.org lists the following indications of termites. Some types of termites make mud tubes in the ground or along the exterior of your home. Other species live above ground. However, you can still find signs, such as discarded wings or frass, the sawdust-like droppings termites leave behind.

You may also notice termite damage to wood furniture or woodwork. Test for termite damage in wood by pushing gently on the surface. If it feels soft or gives way, you probably have termites. You can also tap on the wood, listening for a hollow sound that indicates termites. Other signs include bubbling or uneven paint and darkening or blistering in wood.

Benefits of Structural Fumigation

To someone without pest control experience, termite fumigation might seem like a drastic measure. And in fact, this service may seem like a hassle and a considerable expense. Yet, if you need this service and do not get it, the termites can cause much more aggravation and cost very quickly. Some of the benefits of structural fumigation include:

  • Eradicates all the termites in the structure – even those you do not see.
  • Fumigation destroys termites in places not accessible for inspection.
  • Many times more effective than spot treatments.
  • Fumigation solves widespread infestations within one dwelling or business.
  • Safe when conducted by a professional pest control company.
  • Protects the investments you have made in your home and its contents.
  • It will bring peace of mind.

Types of Termites

In “How to Manage Pests: Subterranean and Other Termites,” UC Davis IPM says at least 23 species of termites live in Southern California. For this reason alone, it makes sense to rely on a professional termite specialist to identify this pest. However, no pest control company or individual can adequately treat termites without knowing exactly their type, habits, and the damage they cause.

Here in SoCal, the most common termites include dampwood termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites. Below, you can read a brief discussion of each type.

dampwood termites in tree in yard

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites mostly live along the coast due to their need for moist environments. They dwell in decayed wood, especially wood exposed to soil or water leaks. They tunnel into the wood and create chambers, where they live and breed. If you have dampwood termites, you probably also have a moisture problem in your home or building.

drywood termite protecting colony

Drywood Termites

You might find drywood termites infesting dry, undecayed wood, often the very wood that makes up the structures where you live or work. When these termites swarm, they infect other wood parts of the building and its contents. Like dampwood termites, the drywood variety creates tunnels and chambers inside the wood. For drywood termites, the only effective treatment is whole-home termite fumigation.

subterranean termites with wings at mating stage

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live underground, creating mud tubes in the soil and tunnels in decayed wood, such as fallen trees and stumps. Although they live in the ground, they spread into buildings and damage the wood and other materials.








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Setting Up Fumigation Services

At A-1 Bonded Termite, we make it easy to set up a termite fumigation service. After we inspect your property for termites, we consider the species, the extent of the infestation, and your unique situation. Then, we create a plan to fumigate your structure and explain the process to you in detail with this information. We can set up the fumigation appointment immediately, or you can call our office when you are ready.

At that point, we will schedule the service. Next, we send you the required Nylofume bags by UPS so you can prepare for the fumigation. We also give you explicit instructions on how to get your property ready and other steps you need to take. Next, we notify the gas company of the fumigation date so they can have your gas turned off at that time. Then, the night before the fumigation, we call you to tell you the time frame to expect our arrival.

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How You Prepare for Fumigation Specialists

Although we perform the termite fumigation, you also have a part to play. Here are the main steps you need to take. First, however, do remember to read the entire instruction sheet and follow it faithfully.

  • Set up alternate lodging with someone you know or at a hotel.
  • Remove or bag all food, animal feed, drugs, medicine, tobacco, and other consumables.
  • Place the above items in Nylofume bags, dispose of them, or remove them from your property.
  • Open the interior doors in your home.
  • Make sure no personal items are leaning against your home’s exterior.
  • Move plants away from the structure if possible, and the pest control agent recommends it.
  • Give the fumigator your housekeys before you leave.
  • Bring yourself, your family, and your pets, and depart the structure.
  • Stay away for 24-72 hours, depending on your pest control agent’s recommendation.
tent fumigation removing insects

Our Fumigation Process

Our process for termite fumigation begins with a close inspection of your property. We want to see that you have completed the preparation steps. This inspection ensures a safe and effective treatment.

First, we cover the entire structure in a tent or tarps.

Then, we seal it entirely so that no fumigant can escape.

Finally, we examine our work meticulously so that no openings, gaps, or holes remain.

Also, we release the Vikane fumigant into the structure. The following day, we will arrive back to check the air quality and take away the tarps. We continue to monitor the chemical readings until your home is once again safe to enter. Then, we post a notice on your front door to let you know you can come back inside.

After Termite Fumigation

After the fumigation is complete, you have a few tasks to do. First, you need to contact the gas company to have that utility turned back on. Remember not to remove any notices on the gas meter, as the gas company needs those before turning it back on. Next, go through your home and turn around any timers or devices you turned off for the termite fumigation.

However, we ensure the fumigant has dissipated before the reentry notification. Therefore, you do not have to worry about the chemicals. You do not have to wash clothing, dishes, or other surfaces. Your house is protected, and you can now relax and forget about termites for the moment.

Count on A-1 Bonded Termite Professionals

A-1 Bonded Termite pest control agents have all the experience, training, and reliability you need for termite fumigation. We not only get rid of termites, but we also work with you to prevent their return. With our exceptional pest prevention services, you can feel safe, knowing that you have a protected home for the long term.

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