Knowing what to do after fumigation can be a little tricky. While fumigation is a safe process and all fumigation companies are held up to rigorous standards, it is still important to take precautions after fumigation. Follow these steps to ensure that you, your family and your pets are safe on your return home.
Wait until the home is fully ventilated
Depending on the thoroughness and strength of treatment, you will be advised to stay away from your home, or certain areas of it until the treatment is fully dry, which usually takes a few days. If there is any person or pet that is likely to have a sensitivity to the treatment, then that person or pet should be kept away longer. Your fumigation company should be able to provide useful advise and guidelines as to how long your family should be away.
Monitor family and pets for signs of illness
While getting sick after a fumigation is not likely, it is still a possibility. Dizziness, stomach pains, headaches or shortness of breath are the most common side affects of exposure to fumigants. If you think that your fumigation is making you ill, talk to your doctor.
Recheck for any open food containers
While all open food and liquid containers should have been removed prior to treatment, it is important that you recheck to make sure none remain. Dispose of any open food containers that are open. Often forgotten is the need to remove all ice from a refrigerator ice maker. Children’s toys should also have been removed and may need to be disposed of if they remain.
While most fumigants are meant to leave little to zero residue, it never hurts to make sure that the surfaces of your house are cleaned thoroughly after a fumigation. Washing dishes, sheets, counters and floors can help to remove any lasting trace of fumigant. Depending on the type of infestation treated, you may also want to make sure that all dead bugs are cleaned up from the corners and dark places in your home. You may also want to dispose of the cleaning materials, such as rags and sponges, that you used to clean your house after fumigation.
Monitor for pests
Fumigation can take a few days to fully eliminate all pests. However, you should still monitor your house closely for signs of renewed infestation in order to avoid a full fumigation being necessary again.
For more information, contact ICI Termite & Pest Control.