Santa Monica City Hall will be tented Friday, January 18th, to treat a persistent termite problem, city officials said.

For several years, the city’s contracted pest control company has treated termites in various local areas throughout City Hall, but due to the extent of the dry wood termite colony, localized treatments are no longer effective in treating the condition.

After discussions with the several pest control companies, the city has determined that fumigation is the best option to address the building’s termite infestation. Innovative Pest Management will be performing the work.

The entire City Hall building is scheduled to be tented after 5 p.m. January 18th. The building will be locked down and no one will be permitted to enter the premises. A security company will be hired to ensure that there is no access into the facility throughout the process.

Fumigation will begin that evening and continue into Saturday, January 19th. Once fumigation is completed, the tent will be removed.

The pest control contractor will then begin aerating the building, continuing through Monday, January 21st. Testing of the air will be continuous. The Pest Management Company will give the approval as to when the building can be reoccupied, city officials said.

Information concerning the dry wood termite, the fumigation process and the types of chemicals to be used in the treatment,

City Hall employees and visitors will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Innovative Pest Management who will review the treatment process and be available to answer questions Monday and Tuesday, January 14th and 15th, at the City Council Chambers. These informational sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on both dates.