A basic definition of the word ‘commodity’ is an item that can be bought or sold. If you own a business that deals in any type of goods it is essential you protect those goods from possible threats. One threat that is real and potentially devastating to certain commodities is pests. An infestation of pests can contaminate or destroy some of these commodities and cost you money or even your business.
Pest Contamination in Food
Think about this situation. You have a large shipment of goods coming to your facility. When it arrives, you see possible signs of a pest infestation. If you bring the shipment into your facility you risk introducing the infestation from the shipping container to your facility. This puts your entire shipment at risk. These pests can include:
• Cigarette Beetle
• Confused Flour Beetle
• Granary Weevil
• Indian Meal Moth
• Merchant Grain Beetle
• Red Flour Beetle
• Sawtoothed Grain Beetle
• Warehouse Beetle
• Lesser Grain Beetle
These pests may be small, but they can surely make an impact. Luckily, there is an option to keep your goods free of pests. It’s called commodity fumigation.
Commodity Fumigation Definition & Procedure
When you hear the term fumigation, you probably picture a house with a huge tent over it with yellow tape surrounding the yard. That is structural fumigation. It’s an important and powerful method to eliminate pest infestations. There is another type of fumigation called commodity fumigation. Commodity fumigation reduces the risk because the entire shipping container can be fumigated, and you can be sure the goods coming into your facility are pest-free. The gaseous insecticide used in fumigation reaches where sprays, aerosols, dusts and other chemical treatments can’t. No crack, crevice, or surface isn’t touched and it destroys pests in all stages of development, from eggs to adult bugs. Killing these pests only increases your profit and your peace of mind. There are many areas that can benefit from commodity fumigation:
• box and hopper cars
• food processing facilities
• pallets (tarp and seal)
• shipping containers
• truck trailers
• warehouse and storage
Food Grade Fumigation Chemicals
Taking care of a small problem is well worth the trouble and will likely save you time and money in the long run. Commodity fumigation is safe when it’s performed by the right people. Chemicals used are safe for humans and products but are deadly for pests. You will not need to worry about the chemicals infiltrating your products because it leaves little to no residue. Only licensed and certified fumigation specialists should conduct this service because it needs to be done in a specific way to ensure accuracy and safety.
Stored Food Pest Fumigation Pest Control Services in Canyon Lake, Spring Branch, Bulverde, Timberwood Park, Leon Valley, Alamo Heights, New Braunfels, Selma, Live Oak, Converse, Universal City, Cibolo, Seguin, New Berlin, St Hedwig, Adkins, La Vernia, Elmendorf, Losoya, Von Ormy, Macdona & San Antonio, Texas
Word of a pest infestation can spread like wildfire and can be disastrous for a company’s reputation. Commodity fumigation can be a very valuable pest control solution. The professionals at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control are trained and experienced in the proper method for fumigation. Contact us for more information on fumigation services for stored product pests as well as pest control services for roaches, ants, rodents and other pests that can be problematic for your commercial facility.