How to Prepare for Fumigation

If you’ve found bugs in your home, you may want to look into having your home fumigated. Here’s everything you need to know about fumigation preparation.

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For particularly bad infestations, fumigation may be a necessary step to effectively treat your house. While the gas fumigant used is poisonous to household pests, it's also harmful to humans if used improperly, so it's important to take the proper precautions.

Follow these steps for fumigation preparation accordingly, before the fumigation tent takes over your home.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALTERNATE LODGING

You and your family will not be able to re-enter the house once fumigation starts, so arrange for a place to stay for two or three nights. Talk to the fumigator ahead of time to be sure the schedule of events is clear to everyone. Pets, including fish, will also need to be out of the house as well as any house plants.

OPEN ALL THE DOORS BETWEEN ROOMS

This will allow the fumigant to pass through every space. Also open cabinets, drawers, closets, appliances and safes. If it has a door, open it. Raise all the blinds and drapes on your windows to allow the fumigator easy access.

SEAL FOOD ITEMS AND ANYTHING CONSUMABLE

These items can be moved off-site or double-sealed in special NylofumeTM bags provided by the fumigator. This includes medicine, pet food, tobacco and dental products. Only products in unopened bottles, jars or cans with the original seal intact do not require double-bagging. Your professional fumigator should make sure all necessary items are properly contained.

RAKE BACK GRAVEL OR MULCH AT LEAST A FOOT FROM YOUR FOUNDATION

As for the exterior of the house, the fumigator will help you decide what to do with plants that may obstruct the tent, as some of these may have to be removed.

LEAVE KEYS FOR THE FUMIGATOR

They will need access to every part of the house and will know to lock up when finished. They will also use a secondary locking system on all doors to prevent entry by anyone during the fumigation.

No person can enter the home for any reason until it has been cleared and released for re-entry by the fumigator. Check with your fumigator for detailed instructions on returning to your home once the process is complete. They will help make sure the transition is easy and safe.

For more information on preparing for fumigation, download this guide