San Jose, CA
Our condo association decided it was our condo building unit time to be fumigated by tenting. We all received our notices of this action item. Of course like most in my complex I totally panicked going through everything to getting it fumigation proof. I had got advice from several friends stating oh you??re going to have to go to U-Haul and get mattress plastic cover to put each mattress in and get a few extras for all my clothes, linens, cleaning products, dishes, food and what have you. I was thinking this is going to be like moving and so much work. I think we all were concerned about the whole process.
Then we had our meeting with the inspector Dutch Perez who went over everything with us. He handled each tenant with kitten gloves and answered all their questions. I liked his approach because we do have a few tenants that are older and nervous about things in general. He managed to make everyone feel at ease.
Turns out that really what needs to happen when getting your home ready is get all humans, pets living and plants out of the house. All items that would be put into your mouth or swallowed such as mouthwash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, foods that have been opened even if in Tupperware containers, like pasta cereal, flour, sugars?. spices they all need to be put into the bags that they provide, doubled bagged.
All foods in the fridge or freezer should be double bagged as well. If you have opened wine bottles or alcohol those needs to be bagged as well. Wine or liquor that is sealed is perfectly safe. But if it makes you feel better take them out of your house, but you really don??t need to.
Linens, clothes, mattresses, couch & dishes can be left alone as the fumigation gas needs to travel in and out of these items. If you have linens in zip bags that they came in for storage purposes they are fine to be left in them. When you leave your house for the fumigation you just need to go and open all the drawers and doors a little and leave access to either your attic or crawl space. If you have a safe it needs to be open.
This really was a smooth transaction. All our other neighbors who have had their buildings fumigated by Terminix all said the same thing. Everyone stated that Dutch Perez & his team where awesome. They were exactly right. I highly recommend Dutch and his team.