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Commercial fumigation services

Effective against a variety of pests, fumigation services are particularly effective where global trade is involved, such as in agriculture and warehousing facilities

Rentokil provides expert commercial fumigation services to businesses worldwide. Supported by unrivalled expertise provided by the technical and regulatory teams based in our global research and development centre, we ensure all fumigants are used safely and in compliance with legislation and industry best practices across all business sectors we operate in. 


Rentokil follows voluntary Codes of Best Practice for the safe and sustainable use of products determined by bodies such as the Register of Accredited Metallic Phosphide Standards (RAMPS) for safe fumigation services in the UK.

Preventative and curative pest fumigation treatments

Rentokil offers a wide range of fumigation services in a variety of commercial settings, typically:

Silo fumigation

Silo fumigation is an effective method for treating large volumes of product in silos. The silo must meet protocols for the product to be suitable for treatment.

Structure fumigation

Whole-building fumigation eliminates pests from within the building fabric when pest infestations are severe and alternative eradication measures are insufficient.

Container fumigation (Static)

Container fumigation is the treatment of a commodity in a standard shipping container or the empty container itself. It eliminates the infestation and removes the risk of pests or diseases from entering or leaving a country.

Other fumigation applications include shipping, stacks and chamber, ISPM15, biosecurity, Controlled Atmosphere Treatments (CAT), railcars (static and fumigation-in-transit), pressure chambers and specialist fumigation services to treat delicate objects and goods such as commodities, processed goods, textiles and timber.

Fumigation services for homes and small businesses

Operating in over 90 countries worldwide, Rentokil offers a range of professional pest fumigation treatments to keep your property pest-free.

Committed to your safety

Rentokil has developed mandatory standards for our fumigation services. Where there are variances between national, local and Rentokil requirements, we will adhere to the most stringent directives.

To demonstrate our commitment to your safety, we have outlined below some of our standard safety measures.

Risk assessment

We will develop a fumigation risk assessment and management plan as well as emergency contingency actions prior to delivery of the service.

Fumigant storage, transport and control

Our fumigants are closely monitored, stored and transported separately from our standard pest control products.

Gas detection and awareness

Rentokil fumigators are provided with electronic equipment and personal gas detectors to constantly track changing gas concentrations to ensure our operations are always carried out to the highest safety standards.

Use of respiratory protective equipment

Rentokil fumigators are equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus to ensure their safety during fumigant deployment.

How does Rentokil work?

At Rentokil, our pest control experts are dedicated to identifying the safest and most effective solutions to eliminate pests from your home and business. Understanding that every situation is unique, we emphasise the necessity of a thorough inspection before each treatment. This approach allows us to tailor our methods specifically to your needs, ensuring the most efficient and effective pest removal.

Choose Rentokil for a hassle-free experience, environmentally-sensitive solutions, and a commitment to the highest standards of service and safety.

1. Pest risk assessment

Hassle-free pest survey and consultation

  • Scheduled pest inspection at a time of your convenience
  • On-site pest risk review and consultancy
  • No-obligation quote and recommendations

2. Pest treatment

Comprehensive pest treatment programme tailored to your needs

  • Certified, local pest control experts
  • Environmentally-sensitive approach
  • Industry-specific legislation expertise ensures audit compliance

3. Pest protection (Aftercare)

Ensuring a clean, sure environment post treatment

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions
  • Detailed post-service recommendations
  • Pest prevention aftercare and advice
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best practices for commercial pest fumigation to ensure effective results?

Commercial pest fumigation requires careful planning and adherence to best practices to ensure effective results. Here are some key best practices to consider:

  1. Hire professional pest control services: Work with a licensed and experienced pest control company specialising in commercial pest fumigation. They have the expertise, equipment, and knowledge to handle the process safely and effectively.
  2. Inspection and assessment: Before fumigation, conduct a thorough inspection of the premises to identify the target pests, assess the severity of the infestation, and determine the appropriate fumigation method and products to use.
  3. Preparation: Follow the pest control company's instructions for preparation prior to fumigation. This may involve removing or properly sealing food items, storing sensitive materials, covering or protecting equipment, and vacating the premises as required.
  4. Communication and notifications: Inform employees, tenants, or relevant parties about the scheduled fumigation to ensure proper coordination and compliance with safety protocols. Post appropriate notifications and guidelines regarding access restrictions, evacuation procedures, and re-entry requirements.
  5. Compliance with regulations: Ensure compliance with local regulations and laws governing commercial pest fumigation. Obtain necessary permits or approvals, if applicable, and adhere to safety standards, product usage guidelines, and disposal regulations.
  6. Professional application: Entrust the fumigation process to trained professionals who will apply the fumigant according to the manufacturer's instructions and industry standards. They will utilise appropriate equipment, techniques, and protective gear to ensure the safe and effective distribution of the fumigant.
  7. Monitoring and safety measures: Implement proper monitoring during the fumigation process to ensure the desired exposure levels are achieved. Continuously monitor gas concentrations and airflow patterns to maintain safety and efficacy. Implement safety measures to prevent unauthorised entry, including proper sealing of treated areas and posting warning signs.
  8. Post-fumigation procedures: After the fumigation period, ventilate the treated areas thoroughly to remove any residual fumigant gases. Conduct follow-up inspections to verify the effectiveness of the treatment and address any remaining pest issues.
  9. Documentation and record-keeping: Maintain detailed records of the fumigation process, including treatment plans, product usage, safety measures, monitoring results, and any relevant communication. These records can serve as a reference for future treatments, compliance audits, or legal requirements.
  10. Employee education: Educate employees about the fumigation process, safety precautions, and any post-fumigation measures they need to take. Provide guidelines for re-entry into the treated areas and address any concerns or questions they may have.

By following these best practices and working closely with professional pest control services, commercial pest fumigation can be conducted efficiently and effectively, leading to successful pest eradication and long-term pest management in commercial premises.

How can you prevent business disruption during pest fumigation in a commercial building?

Preventing business disruptions during pest fumigation in a commercial building requires careful planning and effective communication with all stakeholders. Here are some strategies to minimise disruptions:

  1. Schedule fumigation during non-business hours: Whenever possible, schedule fumigation during non-business hours, such as evenings, weekends, or during periods of low occupancy. This allows for uninterrupted business operations during regular working hours.
  2. Inform and communicate: Notify employees, tenants, and other relevant parties well in advance about the scheduled fumigation. Clearly communicate the dates, times, and expected duration of the fumigation process. Provide clear instructions and guidelines for cooperation and any necessary actions they need to take.
  3. Ventilation and post-fumigation procedures: Plan for proper ventilation of the premises after the fumigation process to ensure the removal of any residual fumigant gases. Follow the recommendations of the pest control company for post-fumigation procedures and re-entry into treated areas.

By implementing these strategies and effectively managing the fumigation process, businesses can minimise disruptions, maintain business continuity, and ensure the safety and well-being of employees and occupants during pest fumigation in a commercial building.

What are the challenges of fumigating large commercial spaces for pest control?

Fumigating large commercial spaces for pest control can present unique challenges due to the scale of the area and the complexity of the environment. Here are some common challenges:

  1. Ensuring uniform fumigant distribution: Achieving uniform fumigant distribution in large commercial spaces can be challenging. Uneven distribution can result in ineffective pest control and potential reinfestations.
  2. Maintaining sufficient fumigant concentrations: Large commercial spaces may have air leaks or areas that are difficult to seal, leading to fumigant loss and inadequate concentrations.
  3. Coordinating occupant evacuation and business disruption: Evacuating occupants and minimising business disruption in large commercial spaces can be logistically challenging. 
  4. Addressing structural considerations: Large commercial spaces may have complex structures, equipment, or unique architectural features that require careful attention during fumigation. 
  5. Compliance with regulations and safety standards: Large commercial spaces may have additional regulatory requirements and safety considerations due to their size and occupancy levels. 

By addressing these challenges and implementing appropriate solutions, fumigating large commercial spaces for pest control can be conducted effectively and safely, ensuring successful pest eradication and minimising disruptions to business operations.

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