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Bruce Burr, Sr.
Urban Entomologist

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Pest Control Since 1961

Burr Exterminating, providing pest control for Tucson and surrounding areas. Regardless of your pest problem: termites, ants, roaches, rats, fleas, bed bugs, spiders, centipedes, ticks, bees, scorpions, wasps, gophers, birds, crickets, earwigs, kissing bugs, or mosquitoes, Burr Exterminating can help.

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Fumigation of Wood Destroying Insects


Drywood Termites and other wood destroying insects can cause significant damage as they feed on materials containing cellulose.  Cellulose can be found in structures such as wood, paper, textiles, furnishings, and works of art. Because these insects live most of their life cycle within their food source, the exact distribution and extent of infestation is often difficult to determine. Therefore, localized treatments using physical methods or conventional insecticides may not eradicate all wood destroying insects infesting a structure.

Termites' natural behavior puts them out of normal reach. Finding all the termites in your home is nearly impossible, even for a trained inspector. That's because termites do their damage in hidden places – inside walls, roof beams and foundation studs. Even where they enter a home is not always visible to an inspector. To make them harder to find, termites do not stay in their colony's main gallery but frequently migrate from place to place, foraging up to four yards away. Many worker termites (there are several thousand in an average colony) can be in the far reaches of the colony at any given time. What's more, some homes – especially older ones – have more than one colony at work. So even if one known colony is destroyed, your home still may not be safe.


Spot treatments are a hit or miss attempt. Because termite colonies – and all their members – are so difficult  to locate, spot treatments often achieve only partial results. Spot treatments using chemicals, freezing, heating, microwaves and electrocution may successfully kill the termites they reach. But as we know, some termites cannot be located. And the ones that are found, may be beyond the range of a spot treatment. If a colony is only partially destroyed, it can rebuild and continue to cause damage. It takes as few as 20 survivors to start producing an egg. So, even if an inspector finds a gallery and can reach it with equipment, many termites may survive and start a new colony. To make matters worse, many spot treatments risk damage to your home and belongings.


Fumigation eliminates all termite colonies. Unlike spot treatments, gas fumigants spread into every nook and cranny of your home to kill every termite. They penetrate into the pores of wood, altering the termites' breathing space. No termites are beyond the reach of fumigants thus leaving no termites behind to start a new colony.


When you return to your home after a fumigation treatment, nothing will have changed but the termite population. The fumigation leaves no residue anywhere in your home. It completely dissipates into the atmosphere, where it will not deplete the ozone layer. You do not need to wash your dishes, counters or clothes after fumigation. Think of it this way; the gas fumigant fills your home the way helium fills a balloon. When a balloon is emptied, there is no helium left behind. Similarly, when the tarp is removed from your home and all the material has vanished, no residue remains behind.

Burr Exterminating has been fumigating homes for 50 years. We have the knowledge and expertise to fumigate your home safely.