Dealing with drywood termites and other pests in structures
Author: Siavash Taravati, Ph.D.
Integrated Pest Management Advisor – UCANR-UCCE-Los Angeles
First release: 21 Sep 2016 – Updated: 1 Nov 2016
Whole-structure fumigation or simply ‘fumigation’ (not to be confused with use of ‘total-release foggers’ or ‘bug bombs’) is a process in which structures (e.g. houses, vehicles, ships) are covered with tarpaulins (Fig 1.) and a lethal gas, sulfuryl fluoride (SF), is released beneath to kill drywood termites as well as other structural pests such as bed bugs, cockroaches, etc. Fumigation is a controversial topic that needs careful, science-based consideration by pest management professionals, residents, and housing managers. Here are some known, research-based facts about whole-structure fumigation using SF: