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Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. is a licensed, certified and insured pest control company serving St. Petersburg, FL and the surrounding Tampa Bay area.

Fumigation 101

What is it?

Fumigation is the only method of insect control that is able to kill a target insect regardless of its location within the structure. Unlike other treatment methods used, fumigation allows the gas to penetrate every possible point of the structure where a target insect may be located. Common target pest for fumigations are Powder Post Beetles, Old House Borer Beetles, Bed Bugs, and Drywood Termites as the most common here in Florida.

Fumigation can be perceived as an invasive process and as a result, many people turn to easier treatment methods such as liquid direct treatments or orange oil. However, they normally find that these types of liquid treatments rarely eliminate the problem and eventually turn to fumigation as the LAST solution.


Why choose Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. for your fumigation?

Geiger's Pest Services, Inc is a Dow Commitment to Excellence (CTE) Tent Fumigation company serving the Tampa bay area for the past 11 years. What does that mean to you as a consumer? It means that Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. is backed by Dow AgroSciences, LLC who provides the
fumigant Vikane® Gas. Dow AgroSciences leadership and commitment to excellence program recognizes selected CTE companies like Geiger's Pest Services, Inc. The CTE program provides extensive training on a continual basis each and every year for companies that use Vikane® Gas. Dow AgroSciences has over 50 years' experience using Vikane® Gas for the eradication of Drywood Termites. Please click the link for more information about the CTE program with Dow AgroSciences.

Geiger's Pest Services, Inc has 3 State Certified Operators in Fumigation on staff with more than 30 years' experience in the fumigation industry in Florida. Feel free to contact our office we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 727-323-9595

Click here for our Current Insurance Certificate.




Preparing your home to be fumigated; these are the highlights please read the COMPLETE Prep sheet. Click here.

  1. Anything that is opened and digestible needs to be removed. There is not a need to remove any type of cosmetics, or shampoo, lotion, however opened toothpaste, opened mouthwash, opened medicines/vitamins need to be removed.
  2. All fences that are attached to the home need to be removed.
  3. All rocks, mulch, plants, bushes need to be racked from home at least 12 inches.
  4. Any pool enclosure screens need to be removed.
  5. Please contact our office with any specific concerns regarding your property.

How does it work?

Chemicals used for the fumigation procedure:

Sulfuryl Fluoride- colorless, odorless gas that gives no sensory warning of its presence such as taste or smell. It is non-staining, non-corrosive, and non-flammable. It does not deplete the ozone layer.

Chloropicrin (warning agent)- A small amount is placed in the structure before the release of the fumigant to serve as a deterrent to early or accidental re-entry during the fumigation period.

When the house or office is fumigated, it is sealed tightly and filled with Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane®) that displacing the oxygen enriched environment to an environment that will eradicate the target pest. Vikane® is able to reach much further than a human dispensing liquid, allowing the gas to reach the pests wherever they might be – even in the walls!

There are five steps to fumigation:

  1. Sealing the Structure: covering the entire structure with tarps to create an airtight bubble.
  2. Chloropicrin (warning agent): a small amount is placed in the structure prior to the release of the Sulfuryl fluoride. This is used as a deterrent to early or accidental re-entry during the fumigation.
  3. Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane®) Release: a specifically calculated amount of the fumigant is released into the structure based on a cubic footage calculation, weather conditions as well as the target pest.
  4. Exposure: length of time the termites are exposed to the fumigant based on calculations for the structure. This period is usually between 16 and 24 hours. 
  5. Aeration: tarps are removed to allow the Sulfuryl Fluoride (Vikane®) to escape. This process is aided with the use of exhaust fans.
  6. Clearance: involves checking the air within the structure with a clearing device for any remaining fumigant. Only after the structure has been certified clear will you be allowed to re-enter the structure.
  7. Click here to view the Vikane® Label
  8. Click here to view the Fact Sheet for Vikane® Fumigation

Types of Target Pests

Drywood Termite got their name because unlike other termites that originate from the ground, drywood termites do not need to regularly return to the ground for moisture. These types of Termites are the most common type that is fumigated sing Vikane® Gas. They are able to extract enough moisture to survive from the wood they inhabit. Thousands of homes are infested by drywood termites each year.           

Bed Bugs- Bed Bugs are back! Bed bugs, once nearly eradicated in the 1950's, have rapidly become a problem across the United States and around the world. This resurgence of infestations is due in part to the increase of international travel and the resistance to pesticides.

Fumigation is hands down the best treatment method to kill ALL life stages of a bed bug. Geiger's Pest Services, Inc has extensive knowledge regarding
the treatment of Bed Bugs. Our Bed Bug services have been extremely successful in the eradication of bed bugs. We can provide whole house fumigation or containment fumigation. Call our office at 727-323-9595 or click here to request an estimate.

Powder Post Beetles and Old House Borers are other pest that can be eradicated using Vikane® gas. Please call our office for further information at 727-323-9595.

Geiger's Pest Services, Inc provides a limited warranty on structural fumigations for Drywood Termites, which is renewable each year for an annual fee. Please contact our office with any questions regarding the Termite Limited Warranty.

We also offer Furniture Fumigation for customers who find they have pests localized in furniture pieces, usually found in antiques or imported goods. This service is performed on site at Geiger's Pest Services, Inc and requires the customer to deliver, as well as, load and unload the furniture. Prices vary depending on the target pest and size of the furniture. Please contact our office at 727-323-9595 or click here to request an estimate.