Do You Need To Remove Clothes For Fumigation

Are you wondering what to do with your clothes during fumigation? This is a common concern while you are getting fumigated for roaches, termites, bed bugs, or something else. Despite the process being a bit anxiety inducing, it is important for you to relax and take steps to ensure your safety. 

You may be wondering: 

  • Do I cover clothes with trash bags for fumigation? 
  • Should I use the Nylafume bags for my clothes?
  • Do you need to remove clothes for fumigation
  • Do I have to wash clothes after fumigation?
  • Do I need to remove clothes from my house for fumigation?
What To Do With Clothes During Fumigation Process
Should you protect your clothing from fumigation gases?

Fumigation Preparation Clothing

There are a number of preparations that you must take to prep for the process. You will be discussing the fumigation process with your technician, but you are probably wanting to do a bit of your own research as well. 

One thing that is for certain, all living things, pets, fish, animals, dogs, cats, lizards must be taken out of the house. But what do we do with our clothes during fumigation? Vikane gas does not stick to any surface because of its non-residual properties. 

Special Nylofume bags are given sometimes in cases where certain items must be protected. Such as items that are ingested. 

So, to answer the question of whether or not you need to protect your clothes during the fumigation process. No, you do not need to do anything special or extra to protect your clothes before or after the process. 

Clothing and other fabrics like furniture, toys, bedding, mattress, towels, and more are not affected by the fumigation process. You do not need to place any of these items in the special bags. You also do not need to remove them from the house. 

Do You Have to Wash Clothes After Fumigation?

If you are wondering if your clothes are safe after fumigation, we can help you understand. Your clothes are not affected by the fumigation process, therefore you do not need to wash your clothes once it is done. 

On the contrary, if you want to be extra safe, you can go ahead and wash them. Washing your clothes after fumigation will not cause adverse effects or problems for you. Your clothes are safe after fumigation. 

Most Common Fumigation Gases include sulfuryl fluoride. It causes no adverse reactions. One way to understand why your clothes are safe, is to understand the residual properties of gas. The concentration of the gas while the fumigant is in the air (causing the air to be poisoned) could kill you. But, it is not some liquid or mist that is attaching to surfaces. 

The fumigation gas will dissipate very quickly due to its short half life. So since the gas will diffuse, when you return back into your home there will be no adverse affects, and no reason for you to need to wash your clothes when returning back into your home. 

Fumigation Gas Dissipation & Clearance Test

Your exterminator should perform a clearance test once the process is complete. The steps that the company takes in the post-fumigation stage are important.

Once the fumigation is complete, the tent is dismantled and the house begins to aerate. To test whether or not it is safe to go into the property, a clearance device is used to test the level of dissipation of the fumigant.

A clearance device measures the toxicity dissipation of a fumigant. The company should not tell you it is safe to enter the property until a clearance test is done. Want to read about fumigate safety from the CDC?

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