Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know you have termites?

Many times, termite infestations go undetected by the homeowner. Eventually, in the case of drywood termites, you may notice a small pile of pellets with a tiny hole in the wood or wall nearby. The pellets are the fecal matter being kicked out by the termites as they consume the wood.

With subterranean termites, you may notice a dark, dirt-looking trail on a wall or floor area. This may be the mud tubes used by subterranean termites to travel through from the colony beneath the ground to the food source, the wood of the structure.

Both types of termites swarm a couple times each year and will fly out from the colony location by the hundreds to fly on the wind in search of creating new locations for new colonies.

In all cases, please feel free to call our office to speak with our staff. We can usually ask questions to determine the problem and if needed, we can schedule an appointment for an inspector to come to your home for a professional assessment.

How long does the fumigation process take?

Typically, the fumigation process takes three days. On the first day, the structure is tented and the fumigant is introduced into the structure. On the second day, the aeration process begins. Fresh air is introduced and circulated through out the structure. On the third day, the tarps come off and our operator enters the structure and takes atmospheric readings to ensure and confirm the structure is safe for re-entry. At that time, a notice will be posted on the front door to let you and the gas company know that it is safe to enter the structure. This notice will be necessary for the gas company to turn the gas back on.

What needs to be removed from the house before fumigation?

All people must leave the premises and all pets (including fish) and live houseplants must be removed. Baby mattresses (such as crib mattresses) and pillows with waterproof covers need to be removed as well.

All items for human consumption (such as foods, beverages, drugs and medicines), which are not intact in airtight containers (such as sealed glass or metal), must be removed from the structure prior to fumigation or double bagged in the special Nylofume bags that we provide. These items include anything packaged in paper, plastic or cardboard. This includes food and beverage items in the refrigerator and freezer. We provide a complete checklist for your convenience and we welcome your phone calls to ask additional questions during this process.

Any food or medicine not removed or double bagged will be disposed of and removed from the property by our crew.

How long is a termite report good?

According to the Structural Pest Control Board, a termite inspection report is good for four months. Some lenders will accept reports older than four months. However, the findings on the report are reflective of the visible and accessible evidence that was found by the inspector on the day of the inspection. Over time, the conditions and visible evidence can change. We cannot guarantee the structure will not develop new evidence of findings subsequent to our inspection.

How do you check to see if a termite company is licensed?

Always check with the Structural Pest Control Board to verify that the company you may choose to use has a current license and is in good standing with the Board. Licensed inspectors and operators are closely monitored by the Structural Pest Control Board to ensure they conform to the Rules and Regulations by which we are governed.

Go to www.pestboard.ca.gov and then on License Lookup on the left margin. You can also access the website directly from our "Useful Links" page.

What is Vikane gas fumigant?

Vikane is a colorless, odorless gas that quickly penetrates structural materials during whole-structure fumigation. Vikane, backed by nearly 50 years of university research, practical use and published reports is nonstaining, noncorrosive and nonflammable. Vikane quickly dissipates from the structure into the atmosphere and does not damage the ozone layer.

Does whole-structure fumigation kill other pests in my home?

Fumigation professionals calculate the fumigant dosage they use based on the target pest they are eliminating, such as drywood termites. If you would like to control other pests in your home, talk to your local fumigation professional about setting up a specific pest control plan for those pests.

Will there be any live termites in my home after the fumigation?

If you see a few live termites immediately after your home has been fumigated, don't be alarmed. Sometimes it can take three to five days for all of the termites to die. Rest assured - whole-structure fumigation with Vikane gas fumigant will eliminate all of the drywood termites in the home.