While many are enjoying the unusually high temperatures of Southern California, it has not been all fun-in-the-sun for those with pest problems.
According to Trevor Jones, service manager for Admiral Pest Control, the high temperatures have kept “termites” active when there would normally be a decrease in termite calls during the cooler months, he said.
“Drywood termites eat 24/7/365, however, they are more active when it is warmer, as are most bugs,” he added.
The fumigation service is a three-day process. On the first day the structure is covered with tarps and the Vikane gas is applied into the structure. The gas stays in for 20 to 24 hours before the aeration (airing out) process begins – which last a minimum of 12 hours. On the third day the tarps and equipment are removed and air samples are taken to ensure all the gas is gone, Jones said.
Although there didn’t seem to be a spike in fumigation jobs over the holidays, services continued at a steady pace, Jones said.
“Many people wanted to get their homes fumigated while they were out of town for the holidays,” he said. “It saves them the cost of having to rent a hotel or take another trip.”
In recent months, Admiral saw one of their largest fumigation projects – a 1,500,000 cubic feet apartment building.
“We measure a structure to be fumigated in cubic footage, which is the volume of the structure, because we need to ensure we put enough Vikane gas in to kill the target pest,” Jones said. “Your average home in Southern California is usually somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 cubic feet.”
According to Jones, customers who experience a dry wood termite infestation that is extending from an inaccessible area or has spread to more than a few localized areas, should consider whole house fumigation.
“It is the only way to 100 percent eliminate all known and unknown infestations of dry wood termites,” he said.