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In addition to the work performed by us, it is your responsibility to help prepare your home for the fumigation. Taking the following steps prior to fumigation helps ensure its success, resulting in the elimination of dry wood termites and/or beetles.

The day before the fumigation

  • Water the soil up to 18 inches from the outer walls of your home to protect plants and shrubs.
  • Cut back foliage, shrubbery and landscaping at least 18 inches from the structure to allow room for the tarps.
  • Remember to make arrangements for overnight accommodations for you and your pets, as your home may be under fumigation for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Please keep in mind the fumigation may need to be rescheduled if the weather is uncooperative. High winds and rain may hinder a fumigation and cause potential danger to fumigators


The day of the fumigation

  • Remove all plants from your home, including those on outdoor patios.
  • Evacuate all people and pets from the structure.
  • Remove mattresses completely enveloped in plastic, such as baby mattresses with waterproof covers, or remove the covers themselves.
  • Remove or double-bag any food, feed, drugs, and medicinals in special Nylofume bags that we provide. You do not need to bag or remove items in plastic, glass or metal bottles, cans or jars with the original manufacturer's airtight seal intact. (Can be done day before as well.)
  • Seal the Nylofume bags one at a time by twisting the tops, folding down and sealing with tape, twist ties, string or rubber bands. DO NOT TIE BAGS IN A KNOT. (See special bagging instructions by clicking here)
  • Double-bag cold and frozen food and leave them in the refrigerator or freezer. Remove shelves from the refrigerator and freezer to make it easier to stack the bags inside.
  • Be sure to double bag anything that will be ingested (medicine, spices, etc.)


After the fumigation

  • It is unnecessary to wash dishes, linens, clothing, etc., as Vikane is a gas and will dissipate from the structure.
  • Remember, once your fumigation is complete, all dry wood termites in your structure will have been eliminated.


If you are still unsure on how to do something, or need help to determine if an item needs to be bagged, etc., Do not hesitate to give us a call, or send us an email.