FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

If your question isn’t listed below, please feel free to give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I was in my backyard and saw what looks like flying termites? How do I know if these are termites, or maybe something else, like flying ants?

Termites and ants have slightly different body shapes. Termites have one oval body shape, and ants have two distinct body parts. If you are still uncertain, call The Bug Solution. A professional will identify your problem and recommend the proper treatment.

Are there different types of termites?

There are two types of termites that are commonly found in the Southern California. They are Drywood Termites and Subterranean Termites. Drywood termites nest and colonize in the structure that they eat. Subterranean termites nest in the ground and travel above the earth’s surface to eat. The type of infestation you have would determine the proper treatment for your home. For drywood termite infestations, treatment can involve local chemical treatments, or fumigation.  Subterranean termite treatments always involve administering a chemical treatment directly into the ground.

Why should I fumigate or “tent” my home instead of spot treatment?

If an inspector has recommended your home be fumigated, it could be for multiple reasons. The inspector found termite evidence, or “pellets”, that lead him to believe that a local treatment would not be sufficient for a successful elimination.  A fumigation will also be recommended if the evidence of termite infestation is in an inaccessible area, or leading into an inaccessible area.

What is the fumigation process?

A licensed fumigator covers your home with tarps, prepares the interior, seals the tarps and releases a warning agent into the home. Vikane is then introduced into the structure. The amount of Vikane used is determined by a variety of factors. SOme of these factors include the target pest, temperature and the size of your home, which was measured by a Bug Solution professional when the initial inspection was done. After the fumigation is complete, the fumigation crew clears the fumigant from the structure and confirms clearance with sensitive monitoring equipment. The fumigation process usually takes 18 – 24 hours.

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 dissipates completely, leaving no surface residues behind. 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.

Should I decide to fumigate my home, how long will my family and pets have to be out of the house for?

You would only be out of your home for two nights, or approximately 48 hours.

What do I need to do to prepare for fumigation?

Prior to your fumigation date, you will meet with one of our inspectors. The inspector will answer any additional questions you have about the fumigation process, as well as give you helpful tips to prepare for a more successful treatment. He will supply you with Nylofume bags, which are bags made from a special nylon polymer film. These are needed for protecting any food or other commodities that are left in the house.

You can also use our fumigation checklist to ensure you’re completely ready.