Fumigation is a method of pest control that uses fumigants to eradicate pests by filling an area with the fumigant. Fumigants are gaseous pesticides that have a fatal or harmful impact on pests. It is utilized for control of pests in buildings (structural fumigation), soil, grain, and other products, but also during processing of goods to be imported or exported to prevent transfer of exotic organisms. This method also affects the structure itself, affecting pests that inhabit the physical structure, such as woodborers and drywood termites and is one of the most useful termite management techniques.


Fumigation plan

First off, the area to be fumigated is usually covered to create a sealed environment;

the next phase involves the fumigant being released into the space to be fumigated;

thereafter, the space is held for a set period while the fumigant gas percolates through the space and acts on and kills any infestation in the product;  finally the fumigated area is ventilated so that the poisonous gases are allowed to fade away, and render it safe for humans to enter.

Structural fumigating techniques differ from building to building, but in houses a rubber or polyethylene tent is often placed over the entire house while the fumigants are being released into the vacant residence. This process is called tent fumigation or "tenting". The sealed tent concentrates the poisonous gases and prevents them from escaping into the neighborhood. The process can take up to a week depending on the fumigant used, which in turn depends on the severity of infestation and size of the building.




  1. Cultural Heritage fumigation
  2. Whole-structure fumigation
  3. Stored goods fumigation (silo, mills, grain)
  4. Fumigation of palettes and containers
  5. Advices on any aspects of fumigation and targeting the infestation



Insects that feed or tunnel into wood can seriously damage houses, apartments, and other dwellings or structures. Each year termites or other wood destroying pests damage approximately 2 million homes. Depending on the extent or location of the infestation, fumigation is the only total control method proven to completely eliminate the existing infestations of wood destroying insects.   Fumigations are a safe and effective way to control drywood termites. They are cost effective, usually costing less than other treatment options. Fumigations do not have any residual. This means once you return to your home there is no need to wash dishes, furniture, clothing etc...as fumigants are gaseous and will dissipate from the structure. The only drawback is that unfortunately, whole-structure fumigation may not be a practical option for apartments, dormitories, hotels and other multi-unit dwellings in which only one or a few units are infested.