The Dangers of Fumigation
A Word of Advice from Your Rockland County and Tri-State Area Pest Control Experts
Take it from Dana K9, Rockland County’s and the Tri-State area pest control specialists—bed bug fumigation can be dangerous. Vikane® (sulfuryl fluoride), which is used for bed bug and termite infestations, is the most popular gas fumigant in the U.S. Many companies in Rockland County boast of the effectiveness and safety of using this insecticide for fumigation, and stress that it is backed by 50 years of experience. But any gas fumigant, regardless of how long it has been used for, is an insecticide and is illegal to use in California due to their cancer causing carcinogens. The use of insecticides for indoor fumigation will always present a health risk to the client, their family and pets, and the environment, despite the alleged safety of these chemical products.
Dana K9 focuses upon providing our customers in Rockland County with minimum risk, fast, and effective treatment options. We recommend heat treatments and only organic residual chemicals, such as diatomaceous earth. Our goal is to make available to our clients in Rockland County an affordable, environmentally conscious solution to their pest problems, while also ensuring that their structure is 100% free of bed bugs.
While fumigation can be as effective as heat treatments, there are a multitude of reasons to avoid fumigation:
- If you are using fumigation to treat an infestation, your home or place of work must be vacated for a substantial period of time, sometimes as long as 72 hours. Additionally, you must allow at least six hours for ventilation of the harmful gas fumigant.
- Fumigation involves a long and inconvenient preparation process. Your home or place of work must be completely sealed off with plastic, and the equipment used for the fumigation procedure is bulky and heavy.
- Fumigation can be extremely expensive. Depending on the size of the structure, prices range from a few thousand dollars to a staggering $50,000.
- Fumigation is not available to some clients. It is limited by building type and structure, and is simply not an option for many people.
- Sulfuryl Fluoride, the chemical used in fumigation, is acutely toxic to humans. If it is not handled properly, or if the client reenters the structure before the ventilation is complete, exposure can result in respiratory problems, central nervous system complications, lung damage, and even death.
Safe Alternatives to Bed Bug Fumigation
Despite the health and environmental risks, fumigation with sulfuryl fluoride has been used to treat bed bug infestations for decades. In the past, it was a result of a lack of safe alternatives. In recent years, however, technology has made leaps and bounds in the field of pest eradication, and it is no longer necessary to endanger yourself, your family and pets, and the environment with harmful chemicals. Heat treatments kill pests just as effectively as fumigation, and present no risk to human or environmental health. Additionally, heat treatments require significantly less preparation time, cost much less than fumigation, and are available for use in a greater number of structures than gas fumigants.