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Do I Have To Wash Everything After Fumigation?


We all have to face the fact that pests will always be a part of our lives. Whether you live in a small, cramped apartment unit, or a nice bungalow, or a huge mansion with three swimming pools and a garage that can fit 20 luxury cars, pests will find you.

While it is true that for most pests, good hygiene is the solution to getting rid of pests. However, since there are many different types of pests, their behaviors are not the same. So you might find your house full of pests like bed bugs, who do not care if you are in a clean house or in a house that needs more tidying up.

This is why Americans are always looking for the best pest control with good exterminators to help them deal with these pests.

Residents of the Triad area are at an advantage when it comes to getting rid of pests. The best pest control company with excellent experience, Go-Forth Home Services, is right by their side.

One of the methods of pest control companies like Go-Forth Home Services employs is fumigation. Homeowners, since they are not exposed to pest control methods, are not as familiar with it as, let us say, a pesticide spray that can be bought in the grocery. In this article, we will discuss more fumigation and what to do after.  

What Is Fumigation?

Fumigation is like a reboot. If you need to eliminate all pests in your house, fumigation is an effective tool. This is because this method is a focused approach, one in which pests are targeted using toxic gaseous substances. This is effective against pests that hide deep inside structures since it brings them out of their nests and kills them.

How Is This Done?

A very good pest control company will follow the proper procedures in doing fumigation since it involves toxic chemicals. All precautions must be made. Before starting, the entire house must be sanitized first. A thorough inspection of the area will be done to ensure that no one is left behind, not even pets. So it will be just the pest exterminator and the pests that should be left inside. Then the possible exit routes will be sealed. The technicians will also go deep inside their hiding places which will also reach their eggs for good measure.

Fumigators are well-equipped to do this. They have protection for the eyes, nose, and mouth. They shall also have breathing masks. Only professionals can do fumigation.

If done properly, you can be assured of a pest-free home for a long time after fumigation.

Benefits Of Fumigation

Despite the fears of having to use toxic chemicals in fumigation, there are many reasons why we should use it. Let us see what these benefits are.

  1. They are effective in killing pests. It does not matter whether they are fully grown, larvae, pupae, or eggs, fumigation will kill them. Some methods get rid only of the adults, which is useless considering that the eggs, larvae, and pupae are on standby. 
  2. Fumigation is considered as a do-it-all solution for many kinds of pests. It works extremely well against termites, mosquitoes, cockroaches, rats, mice, bats, bed bugs, and wood borers. As long as this is done properly, you can expect a pest-free house in no time. 
  3. Fumigation will take care of those hard-to-reach spots. Deep areas? No problem. The fumes will make sure to reach them.
  4. This is more cost-effective than other forms of pest control methods. Fumigation lasts long and is a complete solution. With fumigation, you will not be seeing your friendly neighborhood pest control technician. Of course, that is if it is done properly.
  5. It does not leave any residual issues and will not damage sensitive materials.  

What To Do After Fumigation?

Normally, you can go back home three days after fumigation. Give your house enough time to air out, then do a thorough cleaning. The first thing to do is to check if there are food items that have been left exposed during the entire fumigation process. If there are foods that were exposed, discard them at once since you should not eat them anymore.

Then you will have to get rid of all the dead bugs. You can sweep them off. Remember to look under furniture and other places that are hard to get. Dead insects, when left right where they are, will attract new insects, so the problem would start over again. Then use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum furniture, carpets, cracks and crevices, curtains and fabrics. This will take care of the areas you cannot reach with a broom.

You will need to wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth. Dispose of the cloth after use. After that, repeat the process by wiping all surfaces with a damp cloth, only this time you would be using 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Remember to wipe down places like doorknobs, inside cupboards and medicine cabinets, doors, and other similar places. Again, throw away the cloth afterward.

Mop the floors and clean the bathrooms. Wash your pillows, but if you have the budget, buy new ones instead.

As soon as you are allowed to go back inside your home, you can put it back in order.

What Pests Can Fumigation Kill?

Here is a list of pests that will be killed by fumigation:


Cockroaches have a nasty reputation: they are known as the dirtiest creatures on earth. They like to live in dirty places like sewers and garbage bins. They eat unsanitary foods like trash, rotten foods, decomposing animals, and feces. Because of this, cockroaches get to pick up lots of bacteria and viruses, making them the ultimate disease carriers. Among the diseases, they transmit include but are not limited to, cholera, salmonella, and typhoid fever. They are hardy insects as well. They can survive one month without food and one week without water. Also just recently, studies have shown that cockroaches are developing resistance versus pesticides, and this is very concerning.

With fumigation, roaches can be eliminated effectively. No matter where they hide, fumigation will seek them out and destroy them.

Rats & Mice

Rats and mice are more than just a mere nuisance; they destroy property and transmit deadly diseases. These rodents practically chew on anything. They have incisors that are constantly growing, so they have this need to chew on anything within sight, stuff like boxes, papers, cardboards, and even more dangerous items like gas pipes and electric wirings. Rodents are also high health risks; their droppings, urine, saliva, and vomit can contaminate food and water. Ingesting food and water that are contaminated would put us at risk of getting leptospirosis, salmonella, and many other nasty diseases.  

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can be hard to find; you may have to look for them to see them. They are tiny, blood-sucking creatures that are active only at night. To get rid of them, you would have to act fast because they reproduce quickly. Bed bug bites are very itchy and ugly on the skin, but there are many other concerns regarding them: bed bugs are high health risks. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture.  


Mosquitoes are notorious for being the most dangerous creatures on earth. They have caused more deaths than all the wars in the world combined. Annually, they still kill millions. Mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases like dengue fever, malaria, West Nile fever, and yellow fever. Yes, they do not appear to look like much, but they are real murderers. Only female mosquitoes bite because they are the ones with the necessary mouthparts to suck blood. Male mosquitoes are more forgiving; they feed on nectar only.

Now you know that fumigation kills these pests and can protect us from all the troubles and diseases they cause. The next thing to know about is who to call in case you need to have your house fumigated. This method requires skill. It should not be done by just about anyone.

If you need help, then call the best pest control company in the Charlotte area, Go-Forth Home Services.

Why Go-Forth Is The Best For You?

If you have problems with cockroaches, bed bugs, mosquitoes, rodents, and flies and are so overwhelmed by them, do not worry.  Go-Forth Home Services will help you with that.

Go-Forth Home Services has highly skilled and well-trained technicians who use the latest and most advanced equipment in the business. They will mercilessly seek and destroy pests and make your home safe again. It is like them pressing the reset button for your home.

Go-Forth Home Services has been serving residents and businesses in the Matthews, NC and surrounding area for 61 years now. For more information or to request a quote call us now. Our friendly operators are standing by.