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Old 02-09-2004, 09:39 PM
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Termite Tenting

I have an odd question -- the landlord has decreed that a termite exterminatio must happen, and our apartment building will be tented. Do the Bobcat and corresponding oxygen/propane tanks need to be temporarily relocated, or will they be ok throughout the gassing process? The representative from the gas company assured the tenants that nothing non-living in the apartment will be affected, but I'm thinking it doesn't hurt to ask.

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Old 02-09-2004, 09:51 PM
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Angi,

Finally a question I can answer!

No you do not have to remove your tanks. Turn them off as normal and think of it this way, your gas cannot get out of the tanks and the fumigant cannot get in. You should be provided with "special" bags to place all ingestables and medicines in. The fumigation company is most likely going to use a fumigant called Vikane it will not harm your torch but leave it in the off position with the hoses connected.

The natural gas will be turned off to the building because the gas can react with heat (from pilot lights) causing a reaction.

Vikane does not leave a residue and is colorless, odorless and DEADLY to people, plants and animals. Chloropicrin (tear gas) is added to the property as a warning agent.

If you have any questions feel free to PM me, while the laws in Florida may vary from California I will try to help.

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Re: Termite Tenting

HE he. . . When I saw the thread name, I suspected the "Loco Bug Lady" would answer. he he.

Angi, you can trust her answer!

Bonnie, Goodwill wouldn't take the waterbed.. . .I thought I would take it to Salvation Army when they can't reject it!

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Bonnie, Goodwill wouldn't take the waterbed.. . .I thought I would take it to Salvation Army when they can't reject it!

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Re: Termite Tenting

Wait a minute -- is your propane tank inside? It shouldn't be. It's not just illegal but unsafe. Anything larger than the one-pound cylinders like the ones that are used for a Hot Head is illegal inside a residence. (And no, this has nothing to do with the termite fuming.)

If your propane is outside and you were just asking if you should cover it when the Bug People are around, my apologies.

And sorry to sound cranky -- it's just that this is an important safety thing.
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Wait a minute -- is your propane tank inside? It shouldn't be. It's not just illegal but unsafe. Anything larger than the one-pound cylinders like the ones that are used for a Hot Head is illegal inside a residence. (And no, this has nothing to do with the termite fuming.)

If your propane is outside and you were just asking if you should cover it when the Bug People are around, my apologies.

And sorry to sound cranky -- it's just that this is an important safety thing.

Oh no no NO! It's all set up outside, especially the propane, on a screened-in balcony. I freely admit to ditzy moments, but I did my homework and made sure the safety issues were addressed first thing when I set up the torch. (And don't worry, you don't sound cranky; if the propane was inside, I'd deserve to be yelled at.) But the entire ediface is getting the tent-treatment, balcony and all. I'm willing to take apart the set-up, pack it up for a couple of days, but I really don't want to do that if I don't have to -- packing up a 40-gal aquarium and a skittish/psycho cat is more than enough to deal with.

Thank you all for the responses -- I didn't expect there to be any issues, but I feel much safer for the asking.


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packing up a 40-gal aquarium and a skittish/psycho cat is more than enough to deal with. Angi

Angi,

Please make sure your tank is not where anyone can bump it and possibly make your torch fall. The crew men can be monkey's and apes at times (yes, I personally had a few like that working for me). Please call the fumigation company about the fish in your aquarium. The gas does not penetrate water and depending on the state regulations, the companies policy and current Vikane lable you may be able to leave the fish inside without harm if properly prepared.

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