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It is not uncommon for homeowners to have many questions about fumigation. Finding answers to your fumigation questions is not always easy. Below, we've listed the most frequently asked questions about fumigation that we encounter along with the answers. If you do not find your question here, please don't hesitate to contact us via email.

Why is my home measured for cubic feet?
The cubic footage of your home gives us an indication of the volume of area that must be treated. The volume directly impacts the amount of gas fumigant required to effectively eradicate drywood termites from your home.

What if my home is under-measured?
A home that has been under-measured may result in a lower price since in most cases a smaller structure requires less fumigant gas. However, under-measuring a structure may also result in an insufficient amount of gas fumigant being introduced into the home, therefore leading to an ineffective treatment.

Will my home be treated more effectively if I leave the tarps on for an additional day?
Don't be misled by this misconception. Based on the conditions presented by each home, which vary from property to property, a specific accumulated amount of gas fumigant and exposure time must be jointly achieved to properly treat your home. It is not necessary to leave your home enclosed an extra day unless this criteria are not met. If the applicable criteria are not met, other corrective measures can be taken without requiring your home to be enclosed for an extra day.

How do your fumigators know if the amount of fumigant gas and exposure time are sufficient before untenting my home?
At Hawaii Fumigation & Pest Control our fumigators use industry specific technological equipment that precisely measures the amount of gas remaining in the home. This reading allows our fumigators to calculate whether the required criteria have been met over the course of the exposure time period.

What correction methods does your company employ if the criteria have not been met on the day of untenting?
If our fumigators discover that the treatment criteria has not been met, our fumigators will elect to either leave the tarps on for an additional 1-2 hours and/or introduce additional gas at our expense.

Has this company ever had to re-fumigate a home under its warranty due to ineffective treatment?
While we do have repeat customers who have tented their homes with us on more than one occasion, we are proud to declare that we have never been required to re-fumigate a home under our warranty due to ineffective fumigation.

How will your fumigators handle my roof?
Our fumigators take careful measures and precautions to avoid damage to your roof. If your roof suffers damage due to our negligence, Hawaii Fumigation & Pest Control will absorb the cost of replacement or repair to the specific area damaged.

Is it possible to fumigate a home with fragile roofing materials, such as monier tile, without causing extensive damage?
Yes it is possible! Do not be fooled by claims that this cannot be done due to the weight of employees and equipment. Fumigating structures with fragile roofing materials while causing little if any damage can be difficult and time consuming, but it is not impossible.

What type of history does your company have regarding damages to fragile roofing materials?
We have an outstanding performance record and are known for causing little or no damage to fragile roofing materials during the fumigation process. The proper training, use of techniques, and staff awareness ensure that we cause little to no damage.

Are there instances where you will not cover roof damage?
Yes. Our fumigators will inspect your roof prior to fumigation and notify you of any existing damage, compromised or severely worn areas that may require your attention. We cannot be held responsible for these areas or any other anticipated damage that is disclosed to you prior to fumigation.

Will tent fumigation protect me from future infestations by drywood termites?
Absolutely not. Tent fumigation is not a preventive treatment and this treatment method only eradicates existing infestations of drywood termites. Because the gas fumigant used does not leave any residual protection, it is possible for new termites to re-enter the structure and begin a cycle to form a new colony. Upon fumigation completion, a homeowner can reduce the risk of re-infestation by reducing conducive conditions in and around the structure.

What happens to plants that are enclosed within the tarps during fumigation?
Plants that are enclosed within the tarps will suffer some form of damage due to fumigant exposure. Plant damage can range from mild leaf loss to severe browning. In most cases after damaged plants have been trimmed back they return to healthy growth within 3-6 months, but this is not guaranteed.

If I see termite droppings following the completion of my fumigation does this mean I still have termites?
Not necessarily so please do not panic. It is important to remember that the fumigant gas eradicates the termites but it does not evaporate the droppings they have left behind. The appearance of droppings after tent fumigation can be caused by any number of reasons including slamming of doors, earthquakes, wind, ant infiltration into the old galleries, and other vibrations to the structure.

What if the droppings continue to persist consistently after my fumigation?
You can call us to arrange for a free follow-up assessment of the areas of concern. Upon arrival we will probe and open up the wood of the suspicious areas in your presence. During this assessment, we will be able to determine if live termite activity exists due to ineffective treatment or if the appearance of droppings are occurring due to other causes.

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