Fumigation Q&A’s

What is the fumigation process?

The fumigation process usually takes 16 – 20 hours. United National Exterminator’s licensed fumigator covers your home with tarps, prepares the interior, seals the tarps, and releases a warning agent into the home. Then Vikane is introduced into the structure. The licensed fumigator will carefully calculate the amount of Vikane, based on a variety of factors including the target pest, temperature and size of the home. After the fumigation is complete, the fumigation crew clears the fumigant from the structure following label instructions, and confirms clearance with sensitive monitoring equipment.

What do I need to do to prepare for fumigation?

United National Exterminator’s fumigator will give you detailed information and a step-by-step checklist in order to allow you to prepare for your fumigation. As a homeowner, some of your preparation steps will include: watering soil and cutting back foliage at least 18 inches from the home; ensuring all people, plants and pets are out of the structure and making overnight arrangements for your family and pets.

What is Vikane gas fumigant?

Vikane is a colorless, odorless gas that quickly penetrates structural materials during fumigation. It is non-staining, non-corrosive and non-flammable. Vikane quickly dissipates from the structure into the atmosphere and does not deplete the ozone.

Does Vikane leave any residues?

Unlike other treatment options, Vikane does not remain in the home after fumigation. It completely dissipates, leaving no surface residues behind. So with Vikane, you don’t need to wash your dishes, linens, clothing and other items after fumigation.

Does Vikane cause damage?

Vikane does not react with most materials. It is highly unlikely to cause damage to structures or their contents when properly applied by a trained fumigator.

What precautions are taken to ensure my family’s safety?

United National Exterminator’s licensed fumigator will: (1) Release the warning agent to deter entry to the home. (2) Secure doors on your home with additional locking devices to prevent unauthorized entry. (3) Use sophisticated equipment to ensure that Vikane has dissipated, so you may re-enter your home.