FAQ's

Worker setting up tent fumigation in Oahu

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the different types of termites?
Formosan Subterranean Termites are the most destructive and aggressive termites in Hawaii. The colony size can number in the millions and can forage in underground tunnels over 100 yards horizontally.  These tunnels can go over foundations and can penetrate through cracks, construction joints and utility penetrations in search for a food source (wood).  This termite can cause major structural damage if left untreated.  

What does the fumigation process entail?
After you have vacated your home, large tarps will envelop your entire house. 
All doors to your home will be secured to prevent unauthorized entry. 
Once tented, the warning agent (chloropicrin) is released into the home to help ensure that all people and pets have vacated.
The fumigant ‘Vikane’ will be introduced into the tented house to eradicate the target pest (usually Drywood Termites). 
When fumigation is completed, the tarps are removed and your home is aerated and a sensitive gas detection device will be used to ensure that your home is safe for occupancy.

How do I prep my home for fumigation?
  -  Remove all living things from your home: people, pets, plants, fish, etc.
  -  Remove or bag all vitamins and medicines
  -  Remove mattresses that are enveloped in plastic, such as baby mattresses and also plastic mattresses covers.
  -  Remove or bag foods that are specified on the preparation list that is provided by the fumigator.  Special fumigation bags will also be provided.

What is Xtermco’s Sentricon Program?
Sentricon colony elimination system with always active technology

First Year Features

1. Ground termite monitoring stations are installed approximately 8-10 feet apart wherever possible.  The stations will be outfitted with the E.S.P. electronic monitoring system.

2. Monitoring station will be inspected once a month until ground termite activity occurs. Once ground termite activity is present in the monitoring stations, Xtermco Inc will:
   a. Insert bait tubes into the monitoring station/s that have ground termite activity
   b. Active stations are monitored approximately every 15 days until the activity stops
   c. When the activity stops, the stations will be monitored once a month

3. Above grade stations or topical treatment will be provided to areas in the structure where there are active ground termites.

4. The bait stations will be inspected by highly trained Sentricon technicians fully authorized by DowAgroSciences.

5. A report of the building will be provided to the owner.  The report will contain the following pertinent information:
   a. A map of all bait station locations
   b. A report after each check with the following information:
  
          i. Date of the check
          ii. Observations and recommendations if necessary
          iii. Status of each bait station (active or inactive)

ANNUAL RENEWAL FEATURES
1. Monthly monitoring.  If activity occurs, baiting monitoring of the active stations will be done approximately every 15 days until the activity stops.

2. Above grade station or topical treatment will be provided to areas in the structure where there are active ground termite.
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