Termite Fumigation

Understanding Termite Fumigation – Protect Your Home Investment

Termites living in your wood-frame home will feed on wood from the actual structure of your house and can eventually destroy enough of your home’s wood to make the structure unsafe. It is a serious problem that the longer you wait to address, the more expensive it is going to be to fix. If you think you need termite fumigation, contact Viking Termite today, before the problem gets any worse.

termite-pest-control1From inspecting for termites to fumigation, and even arranging for structural repair or soil treatment for subterranean termites if necessary, Viking Termite has the integrity, experience and expertise required to help you understand and maneuver through the Termite Fumigation process with the least amount of disruption possible.

For information, please contact us at (562) 989-8197, e-mail us at vikingfume@gmail.com, or leave us your information here on the Contact Us page, and we will reply promptly. We look forward to delivering successful and thorough results for you, as soon as you are ready. In the meantime, here are the basics of Termite Fumigation:

What is Termite Fumigation?

Termite Fumigation is a highly effective fumigant method for exterminating termites. Canvas tarps are utilized in Termite Fumigation to cover and seal the structure where fumigant will be circulated to penetrate the wood and kill the termites.

During Termite Fumigation, What Happens?

Below are general procedures and timelines for a standard fumigation:

Termite Fumigation (Tarps Up)

A fumigation crew covers the entire structure with large tarps. The tarps are held down with long “sand snakes” positioned along the foundation of the structure and associated attachments.

A licensed fumigator prepares the interior by confirming the removal of people, pets, food, drugs, and plants. The fumigator is also responsible for placement of fans, opening of doors and drawers and placement of warning agent (chloropicrin) in specific areas. Chloropicrin, a colorless liquid with a strong odor which causes tearing of the eyes and throat irritation when used at low concentrations, is used to warn anyone against entry into the structure until fumigation is done and the re-entry/certification process is complete.

The structure is then safeguarded with secondary locks on all doors or entrances, and warning signs are posted at specific locations.

Once the exterior has been completely sealed, the interior prepared, and the warning agent (chloropicrin) has been applied, the correct amount of Vikane® (Sulphuryl Fluoride) fumigant is then dispersed into the structure. Non-staining, non-corrosive and non-flammable, this Vikane® fumigant is a colorless, odorless gas that will be contained in the structure for a predetermined amount of time, penetrating deep into wood to thoroughly find and exterminate drywood termites.

Termite Fumigation (Tarps Down)

After proper exposure to Vikane® fumigant, the fumigation crew takes the tarps off the structure.
During this removal, the licensed fumigator will open all windows and doors and use fans to continue ventilating the structure.

Upon completion of the removal process, the property will again be secured with secondary locks and warning signs to prevent entry to the structure. These locks and warning signs will continue to be posted until the re-entry and certification process is finished.

Termite Fumigation (Re-Entry and Certification)

Once the full required aeration time has elapsed, the licensed fumigator will take air samples from the interior living spaces of the structure with properly calibrated equipment designed to detect even minutely small amounts of any remaining Vikane® fumigant.

After it is verified that the structure is safe to re-enter, the licensed fumigator will place a Re-Entry Notice on the front door. This Notice will include the date and time that the structure was certified safe to re-enter.


The secondary locks and warning signs are removed to conclude the fumigation.