California Man Dies After He Re-Enters Home Being Fumigated for Termites



The department's photographs show nearly a dozen SEB team members entering the home dressed in full-body protective suits.

Residential fumigation typically involves placing a tent or tarp over a building and filling it with lethal gas to kill pests.

According to the Structural Pest Control Board of California, homeowners must remove all people, pets and plants from a building before fumigation begins. Unsealed medicines, pet feed and food must also be taken out of a building or placed inside containers.

A 2016 study from the United States Environmental Protection Agency said sulfuryl fluoride, the most widely used pesticide for residential fumigation, is "highly toxic to humans."

The agency reported at least 11 deaths between 2002 and 2016 from residential fumigation in California and Florida, the states with the highest number of buildings that had been fumigated.

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