A structural fumigation probably sounds a lot more intense that it actually is. I know, you hear that your home is being “pumped full of dangerous chemicals” and you probably think it’s going to be like Chernobyl in there.
Well, allow me to set your mind at ease. Fumigations are performed by virtually all professional pest control companies, and we’ve perfected this process over the years. In fact, some pest control companies can finish the whole fumigation process in just 2-3 days. Obviously, speed isn’t the most important factor here, but the point is we know how to handle this. You’re in good hands.
So what kind of precautions do you need to take now? Not very many, actually.
- The Fumigation Process is Perfectly Safe
As I said, we’ve got this process pretty well figured out. Your home is going to be aired out for several hours, possibly days, to ensure all of the chemicals are gone. Your pest control company may use large fans to speed up the process. Then, by law, the pest control company must test the house for the presence of pesticides. They’ll test each room to ensure your home is completely safe before you reenter.
- What Should I Do When I Return?
You shouldn’t need to do anything. Your fumigation company should have told you to remove all plants, medicines, pets and exposed food before the process started, and everything else in the home ought to be safe.
- How Do I Know if Something Went Wrong?
Normally, if there are any issues, they’ll arise within 24 hours of reentry into the home. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: double vision, dizziness, tremors, headaches, coughing, nausea, shortness of breath, unusual drowsiness or weakness. These could be indicative of a negative reaction to the fumigation chemicals.
Additionally, in this scenario, your next call should be to the pest control company, and then the Structural Pest Control Board to report the incident. And be sure to remove every person and pet from the home, until you can be certain it’s safe again.