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Frequently Asked Fumigation Questions

As a property owner, you may have many questions regarding whole-structure fumigation with Vikane® gas fumigant. Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about whole-structure fumigation and the fumigation process.

What is the fumigation process?
The fumigation process usually takes 24 to 48 hours. A representative from our company will cover 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 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, our company representative 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?
Your 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. Ask our trained professionals for details.

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

Our Company practices the highest standards of proper use and stewardship of Vikane demanded by Dow AgroSciences and state authorities.