- All Items for human consumption (such as foods, beverages, drugs and medicines), which are not intact in the original manufacturer’s airtight containers (such as sealed glass or metal), must be removed from the structure prior to fumigation or double bagged in Nylofume* bags.
- Food inside refrigerators and freezers must also be placed in Nylofume bags as mentioned above.
- Remove all mattresses and pillows with waterproof covers, such as “can’t wet” mattresses for infants and sickrooms, or remove the covers.
- All heating elements must be unplugged (heaters, electric pianos, organs, etc.).
- All pilot lights must be extinguished (hot water heaters, ranges, ovens, broilers, gas refrigerators, dryers, automatic lighting systems, etc.).
- Bug Central will make arrangements with The Gas Company to turn off all gas at main gas meter. Property owner will need to make arrangements to have the gas service restored.
- Shut off automatic switch controls for appliances and lighting systems that will be included in the space to be fumigated.
- Electricity must be available, as it will be required to run fans during the fumigation period.
- Cut back shrubbery and tree branches to prevent damage. Allow enough space for the tent to fall freely to the ground.
- Tree limbs growing over the roof must be trimmed back. Thoroughly water the ground around shrubs and plants located adjacent to the structure.
- All people must leave, and all living things (such as pets, fish aquariums and growing plants) must be removed from the building before the fumigation begins.
- All cabinets, drawers, closets, and interior doors must be opened. Raised blinds, open drapes and attic vents.
- When adhesive fumigation tape must be used for sealing purposes, the fumigation company cannot be responsible for paint or plaster lifting off when the tape is removed.
- All obstructive articles, such as antenna guide wires, satellite dishes or weather vanes, must be removed. The company cannot be responsible for changes in the TV reception after the fumigation is completed.
- Retract all awnings.
- The company will exercise due care in its fumigation procedures, but will not be responsible for broken roof tiles, gutters, solar heaters, foliage or other inadvertent damage caused by properly performed procedures.
- The law requires that all buildings be locked during a fumigation. In addition, all buildings shall have a secondary lock on all exterior doors during the fumigation.
- It is most important that you make key arrangements with the company representative conducting the fumigation.
- Notify the company prior to the fumigation if any conduits, tunnels, pathways, etc., are connecting the building to be fumigated to any other structure.
- During the fumigation and aeration procedure, the company will not be held responsible for vandalism, theft or breaking and entering.
- The fumigated structure must not be reentered until it has been declared cleared for reentry by the licensed fumigator.
- See your professional fumigator for additional steps you should take.
Using Nylofume Bags
While the bags are still empty, place one inside another. Double-bagging helps assure effective protection.
Place items to be protected inside the inner bag. Do not overfill – leave clearance on top for adequate closure of the bags.
Twist the top of the inner bag, fold once and secure the fold in place using a suitable fastener such as a twist tie, tape, rubber band or string.
Repeat step 3 with the outer bag.
Check the seal by pressing gently against the sides of the bag and listening for air leaks. No air should be able to escape.
What to bag:
- Pretzels, potato chips, and other foods packaged in plastic bags must be bagged or removed.
- Animal Feed, like human food, needs to be bagged or removed.
- Foods packaged in cardboard boxes, like cereals must be bagged or removed because the interior bag may not be airtight.
- Spices without the original manufacturer’s seal must be bagged or removed.
- Eggs must be removed from the structure to be fumed.
- Aspirin and other similar ingestible medicines must be bagged or removed.
- Cottage cheese should be bagged or removed because resealable containers, including Tupperware and other storage containers, do not form airtight seals.
- Ice cubes should be discarded before the fumigation and the ice maker turned off.
What not to bag:
Unopened plastic bottles with manufacture’s airtight seal intact.
Canned goods such as soup may remained un-bagged because metal cans provide an airtight seal.