Vikane gas: Understanding the advantages and dangers
Vikane gas is widely used in structural fumigations and is the most popular pest control product on the market.
The name Vikane is actually only a brand name and the real name of the chemical being used is Sulfuryl Fluoride.
In recent years, bed bugs have become a common problem across the country and many sufferers have found it to be effective in eliminating bed bugs.
During a fumigation, your home will be sealed with an awning so toxic gases not to escape.
Vikane gas is then pumped into the enclosed, sealed space stuffed with your household items.
The Vikane fumigant then works as it replaces the oxygen, causing bed bugs and their eggs to suffocate and die.
The typical fumigation process takes 2-3 days so remember to make arrangements for overnight accommodations for you and your pets.
- Scientifically proven to be 100% effective against all stages of bed bug life, including the hard-to-control egg stage
- Will also destroy ants, termites, or other pests
Vikane gas side effects
Vikane gas is harmful to humans, pets, termites, and plants so you should NOT be inside the house when it is fumigated.
In 2015, a 10-year-old boy suffered severe brain damage after being exposed to fumigation chemicals in their house.
The parents of Peyton McCaughey said their son fell ill two days after their Florida home had been fumigated.
They had been told that the house was safe to return to but that night Peyton, his mum, dad, and little sister, started vomiting.
WPBF reports that Mr. and Mrs. McCaughey and their daughter recovered the next day, Peyton’s condition got worse.
Tests have shown the little boy has brain damage which will likely affect him for life.
Dr. Shan Yin, the medical director of the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Control, told ABC News that that exposure can – in severe cases – lead to seizures and neurological problems.
She also noted that poisoning due to fumigation is incredibly rare.