Only licensed and trained pest control professionals can purchase and use Vikane® gas fumigant. HOWEVER, you don’t have to hire professionals to pack your stuff or load it into a sealed truck or other container: A-1 Able Pest Doctors recently launched a “D.I.Y.” rental truck fumigation program that costs about 50-60% less than hiring packers and movers.
If you’re D.I.Y.-ing, make sure you follow the instructions for packing, securing and sealing your stuff (and for hauling it out of the building without spreading the problem to your neighbors). Generally speaking, glass, metal and plastic containers need to be unsealed so the gas can penetrate; cardboard moving boxed sealed with tape work just fine.
How long does it take?
Typically done overnight, fumigation using Vikane® takes several hours depending on the amount of stuff and size of the container holding all of your belongings. Check your moving truck into one of A-1 Able Pest Doctors fumigation locations before 4 p.m. and it will be returned around 9 a.m. the next day.
How much does it cost?
Cost of fumigation depends on the size of the overall container (e.g., moving truck). Rates do not include your cost to rent a moving truck or to pack up.
- 10-foot moving truck (big enough for contents of average studio apartment) $499
- 15-foot truck (one-to two-bedroom apartment) $599
- 17-foot truck (1,000-1,200 square foot apartment) $699
- 20-foot truck (up to 3-bedroom single family home) $1,200
- 26-foot truck (single family four-bedroom home, or two 2-bedroom apartments) $1,500
Because you’re already paying for packing and moving costs, fumigating between moves is the most economical. But you can also save money—both on fumigation and on the expense of dealing with re-infestation—by joining forces with your neighbors (remember, bed bugs travel between apartments) and renting a large truck together.
A-1 Able also highly recommends the D.I.Y. bed bug kit be utilized to perform the do-it-yourself preventative treatment to the new residence. The kit is reduced to $99.00 plus tax if accompanied with a rental truck fumigation to encourage clients to treat their new residence.