Food Safety Pest Management
At Fumigation Service & Supply, we strive to be on the vanguard of new technologies and techniques, research and development in the stored product pest management industry. As stored product pest management specialists our capabilities parallel your demands in regards to the types of pests typically encountered in your industry. We use inspection, education, situational awareness and data to drive our unparalleled results. We provide services specifically tailored to the food, grain, seed and milling industries. This makes us specialists in our field.
The goals our Food Safety Pest Management programs are:
- Improve or maintain current level of consumer complaints with regard to pest related problems and assist where possible to remedy issues with a sense of urgency.
- Improve or maintain superior rating from outside auditing services.
- Provide insight to the pest status based on catch data and analysis and offer guidance and solutions based on data collected and by establishing a good communication system.
- Provide necessary Food Safety Pest Management functions to ensure the integrity of the products manufactured or stored at your facility.
We provide the following services to help you in your Food Safety Pest Management Program:
- Rodent Control
- Insect Monitoring
- Residual Control
- Weed Control
- Bird Control / Prevention / Exclusion
- Nuisance Wildlife
- Bin / Railcar Cleaning
Our Rodent Control program consists of implementing and checking multiple catch devices, bait stations and other trapping methods based on the extent of a rodent infestation. All rodent activity can be presented in an report after each visit and catches tracked through a barcode system.
- Multiple Catch Traps can capture up to 15 to 30 mice without the use of baits or poisons. You have the option of trapping mice then releasing them alive or adding a glue board in the trap to also monitor for insect activity which can be used as an early indicator for timely perimeter sprays.
- Bait Stations use toxic rodenticide baits to reduce damage caused by both mice or rats. Bait stations are used to keep rodenticides away from children, livestock, pets and other animals. They also protect the rodenticide bait from dust, dirt, moisture and other contaminates which allow the bait to last longer. You can also use bait stations to monitor rodent activity to determine areas of heavy infestation.
- Snap Traps, Rodent Glue Boards, Liquid Toxin, Rodent Tracking Powder are some other options to increase rodent trapping which can allow for more effective trapping.
- Pheromone Trapping uses insect pheromones which are chemical signals that insects use to communicate and locate one another to mate. Using pheromone traps allow you to determine the presence or absence of potentially harmful pest insects.
- Insect Light Traps or ILTs work great for monitoring facilities from flying insects.
- Mating disruption is a process of using large amounts of sex pheromones to confuse male insects and limit their ability to locate and mate with females. Mating disruption releases large quantities of sex pheromones into a facility which interferes with mate location by masking the natural pheromone. This affects the male's ability to respond to females and causes the male to follow a "false pheromone trail". Since males cannot find females to mate with, the population is reduced and fewer larvae are present to cause damage and mature into adults.
Insecticides can be used to control insect populations when activity warrants a use. Monitoring and inspections can show increased insect activity and dictate the proper corrective actions. If the area in need of treatment requires cleaning prior to application, we can clean the area prior to treatment. If an area is identified as a chronic problem area preventative use of insecticides may be necessary for control, however processes can be evaluated in order to minimize use of insecticides on a preventative basis.
Fogging is the use of a pesticide in a ULV or ULD form. ULV and ULD stand for Ultra low Volume and Ultra Low Dosage. These terms refer to the droplet particle sizes generated. The micron size particles generated vary from 5-50 microns.
Indianmeal moths, flour beetles, and flies are the insects most commonly targeted for fogging, but they are not the only ones. The fogging particle attaches to the hairs on an insect. Through capillary action the particle wicks into the thinnest part of the exoskeleton at the base of the hair. It reaches the insect by contact. Fogging is not a fumigation, and the same results should not be expected.
Fogging is not some kind of cure all for insect problems. Fogging is a supplement to proper sanitation and is much more effective when dust and dirt particles are removed.
Proper weed management is a food safety issue since it relates to rodent harborage and exterior insect and rodent pressure.
Bird Control / Prevention
There are many different bird prevention methods including bird spikes, bird netting, sensory repellents, trapping devices and avicides. Fumigation Service & Supply recognizes birds as a major threat and has the skills and knowledge to help eliminate bird problems.
All control methods and procedures will follow state regulatory regulations. This includes acquiring the appropriate permits from the DNR before performing said control procedures. Fumigation Service & Supply can obtain the proper permits and help with nuisance wildlife.
Bin / Railcar Cleaning
Good sanitation, regular sampling, temperature/air flow management as well as making sure that only sound and dry grain is being placed into bins or railcars are all measures that should be included in a complete program. Bin facilities also play an important role in determining whether grain quality is maintained. Facilities should be inspected regularly for deterioration of any type. Four insecticide treatment options in stored grain include:
- Applying insecticides as an empty-bin spray
- Treating the entire grain mass with a liquid spray or dust (protectants)
- Treating the top of the grain mass (top-dress treatment)
Empty-bin spraying is recommended in grains bins that have difficult areas to clean or if there has been a history of insect problems in those bins. These treatments provide a deterrent to insects that may be attracted to the storage facilities and also provide control of the insects not removed during the cleaning operation.