Toxin help....termite fumigation

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pinknika
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   Posted 2/19/2015 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to get my house that I rent fumigated with Vikane (sulfuryl fluoride) and was wondering if there is anyway to prepare for that other than the typical info that you find on the dow website (dow makes this pesticide)

I recently found out that I may have adrenal fatigue and possibly other hormonal problems. I think getting this done now will hinder my recovery possibly delay or even halt. I don't want to be paranoid but I am worried about the long term results of this chemical although they say this gas dissipates into the atmosphere (that is a problem too) and when it is no longer detected in the air when testing, it is safe to return. I am not trusting them, and according to the epa.gov website, it says it penetrates through walls and pores of wood, and the uptake by materials of the structure is "low". And although it leaves no "residue" if it can penetrate wood, who knows about mattresses and furniture. It even says on the termite website that mattresses for newborns need to be removed.

I can't afford to move anywhere and the landlords are not being nice about it and do not want to do alternative options. I was also told if I didn't like it, I should move. The house has to be tented and gased.

Since I have to live there til who knows when, at least another year or so, is there anything I can do? Houseplants? Himalayan salt crystal lamps? Burn sage? I am not trying to be funny but I am trying to find some humor in this dire situation and I like alternative methods. Has anyone had to deal with toxins like this? Any help is appreciated! Thanks.

Anni

pptrsha1
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   Posted 2/20/2015 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I have rental property and sometimes you cant use anything else. what are they fumigating for? we had to do a house for bed bugs last summer. it was quite inconvienient but we had no choice.
I used to say my pain was an 8 or a 10. then I found out it can get worse. muscle spasms caused hypolordosis 2 failed rotator cuff surgeries OA DDD stenosis 2 slipped discs cervical and lumbar impingment extrusion/protrusion endplate edema hypertrophic flavum annular tears vasculitus ,cyroglobulinemea and all the * that comes with it raynauds etc carpal tunnel adenomyosis hysterectyomy

pinknika
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   Posted 2/20/2015 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
It's for termites. They don't want to do any other options other than the harshest one available, which is tenting and gas. I know there are other options but they are not open to it. I am just so physically and mentally sick and tired I just don't want this chemical to ruin my recovery.

WahpuTaniwha
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   Posted 2/20/2015 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I really hear you on this issue. I'm a Building Performance Consultant who also deals with EBV and very sensitive to chemicals, VOCs and molds. I too disagree with the use of tenting and gas for many projects. However, on my house, the termites are coming in from multiple locations, so there really is no choice than tent n'gas.

However, if there are only localized problems such as a particular corner of your house, there are spot treatments which including electricity, Orange oil and heat (all non-toxic). The ability to use non-toxic methods really depends on how bad the infestation is and how many locations are affected. The other issue is that not all pest control companies offer the non-toxic methods. I live in an area where the closest company that offers alternative methods is about 60miles away.
The other thing to think about is if you see evidence of termites ie. droppings or bodies, the problem has been there for at least 5 years. It takes 5 years for a colony of termites to get to the point of showing its presence on the exterior of the building. When landlords hear or see the problem, they freak out and take the most aggressive action. We are coming up to Spring which is when termite populations explode. So now is the time to deal with it.

For your health, if there is someplace you can go for a week, a day or two past the time they say you can go back, your health shouldn't take a nose dive. In my opinion, everyone with health problems should have at least 1 Mother n' Law tongue, plant. They really help clean the air, pump out oxygen and easy to clean and care.
That's my 2cents.
Lauren --

Epstein Barr Virus

pptrsha1
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   Posted 2/20/2015 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
can the red cross help you? we had an apt that was unlivable for a week and the red cross paid for half and we paid the other half for tenant to stay in a hotel

pinknika
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   Posted 2/23/2015 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
WahpuTaniwha said...
I really hear you on this issue. I'm a Building Performance Consultant who also deals with EBV and very sensitive to chemicals, VOCs and molds. I too disagree with the use of tenting and gas for many projects. However, on my house, the termites are coming in from multiple locations, so there really is no choice than tent n'gas.

However, if there are only localized problems such as a particular corner of your house, there are spot treatments which including electricity, Orange oil and heat (all non-toxic). The ability to use non-toxic methods really depends on how bad the infestation is and how many locations are affected. The other issue is that not all pest control companies offer the non-toxic methods. I live in an area where the closest company that offers alternative methods is about 60miles away.
The other thing to think about is if you see evidence of termites ie. droppings or bodies, the problem has been there for at least 5 years. It takes 5 years for a colony of termites to get to the point of showing its presence on the exterior of the building. When landlords hear or see the problem, they freak out and take the most aggressive action. We are coming up to Spring which is when termite populations explode. So now is the time to deal with it.

For your health, if there is someplace you can go for a week, a day or two past the time they say you can go back, your health shouldn't take a nose dive. In my opinion, everyone with health problems should have at least 1 Mother n' Law tongue, plant. They really help clean the air, pump out oxygen and easy to clean and care.
That's my 2cents.


Thanks, they had someone come to inspect the damage and according to them, they need the house to be tented. I do plan on staying somewhere while they do it and move everything that I think could be affected (clothes, mattress). I just want to be careful cause even though they say it dissipates, I want to make sure the things I have aren't given off gases in the long term, it really is speculation though but I rather be safe then sorry. I do also plan on getting lots of plants and possibly salt crystal lamps for the future cause I am going to be living there for a while.

pinknika
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   Posted 2/23/2015 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
pptrsha1 said...
can the red cross help you? we had an apt that was unlivable for a week and the red cross paid for half and we paid the other half for tenant to stay in a hotel


Thank you, I haven't tried them, I will see if they can help.
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