One of the best ways to get rid of an insect infestation, whether commercially or in the home, is through fumigation. It is simple and cost-effective, and can be used as either a preventative or curative measure.
Since it involves using toxic gases it is important to have professionals, such as those from PestControl.co.uk, carry out the procedures. Our pest control technicians are fully trained to carry out these practices safely, complying with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations.
There are a number of commercial practices which often require fumigation services as standard in order to eradicate a pest infestation or to ensure that one does not arise. This is usually to deal with Stored Product Insects (STIs) for example weevils, mites and beetles. Here are some examples of how fumigation can be used to this purpose:
- Shipping Cargo. Fumigation is often used to ensure that cargo imported to the UK does not have a pest infestation. Once the fumigants have been introduced, the container must usually be sealed for at least two days, followed by a ventilation process. Phosphine is most commonly used in this case as it can penetrate shrink-wrapped and boxed products and leaves no residues of pesticide.
- Food Stuffs. Phosphine fumigation is one way of ensuring most bulk food stuffs are pest free. This applies to products such as grains, nuts, cereals, coffee beans, dried fruit and rice. The exposure period, also known as the time “under gas” is usually 14 days, with further time added for ventilation. For a faster treatment, see the section on Heat Treatments.
- Warehouses. An entire warehouse can be fumigated if you are concerned about a possible pest infestation. This will involve sealing it off and introducing the pesticide. Again, the process will take some time so if you need a faster procedure you may prefer to utilise heat treatments instead.
These are just a few examples of ways in which fumigation can be useful in the commercial sector. They can also be used in the agricultural, manufacturing or hospitality industries, and more. For a free quote and more information, call us now on .
If you have a severe infestation of insects such as fleas, cockroaches, termites or wood boring insects in your home then fumigation may be the best solution.
As it involves using hazardous materials you should always use professional fumigation services.
To explain how fumigation typically works, here is an example of a flea infestation:
- Preparation for Fumigation. Before the fumigation process begins, medicines and food should be sealed and placed in cupboards; air conditioning systems should be turned off. Occasionally you may need to arrange alternative accommodation for the period when the fumigation is being carried out depending on the size of the property as well as the type and severity of infestation although in most cases you can return the same day.
- During Fumigation. The property must be vacant while the fumigation is taking place. Our pest control technicians will carry out the fumigation, ensuring that the pesticide has a chance to get everywhere and has time to work. Any pets should be treated using safe, non-toxic methods such as specialist shampoos before re-entering the property.
- Ventilation. Once the fumigation process has been completed there will be a ventilation period. Our pest control technicians will be able to monitor the level of toxic fumes in your home, and will inform you when it is safe to inhabit.