What is a Fumigant?
Fumigants are pesticides that are volatile and exert their toxic action as poisonous gases in an enclosed space. Fumigation is a versatile technique that can be applied in a wide range of situations. It should be undertaken only when management is satisfied that a need to carry out pest control exists, that fumigation is the appropriate process, and that the fumigation may be safely and effectively carried out. In U.A.E. fumigation of commodities in the export trade is mandatory for quarantine or contractual reasons.
Fumigation is useful where a rapid kill of pests is required and for effective removal of pests from structures into which clean commodities are to be brought.
Problems caused by Stored Product Pests:
- Direct damage where the kernels are hollowed or otherwise damaged
- Contamination of stored products with live or dead insects (at all stages of growth) eg: cast skins and droppings
- Damage to wooden structures and various types of food packaging
- Moulding and caking of stored products : Insect activity in grain may produce heat and moisture, which can facilitate the growth of moulds and lead to caking, such a condition can adversely affect germination
Negative effects of infestation on stored products:
- Feed attacks
- Modification of ingredients
- Adverse effect on taste and smell
- Modification of appearance
- Residues of metabolism
- Health damage
- Consequential damage
The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations estimated that the amount of food damaged or destroyed by insect pests each year would be sufficient to feed several hundred million people.
Stored product pests may appear anywhere in storage, during transport or in processing plant. A store is an ideal breeding place for pests because there is food in abundance, conditions favorable for their development, they are undisturbed and normally the pests are not endangered by their natural enemies. Most suitable way to solve this problem is Fumigation because only fumigant will reach the pests in their most remote hiding places, killing all development stages of insects’ eggs, larvae, pupae, adults.
Armour Pest Control LLC. Provides sufficient experienced personnel trained in fumigation practices to carry out all necessary operations in a reasonable time and affordable price.
Phosphine Gas (Ph3) Fumigation
Aluminum Phosphide/Magnesium Phosphide are the most commonly used fumigant world wide, when it comes to fumigating stored food products due to its zero residual action. Phosphide fumigants are available in solid form of tablets, pellets, granules, or plates of different brand names. Phosphine fumigants can be used to eliminate insect infestation in a variety of commodities including animal feed and food ingredients, corn, maize, grass seed, tobacco, oats, peanuts, pistachios, popcorn, wheat, rice etc. They can also be used in a variety of processed foods as long as the residue does not come in contact with the product.
All fumigants are highly toxic in nature and require trained personnel for application.
Armour Pest Control LLC employs trained and experienced fumigators who are capable of handling any type of fumigation onshore and offshore. Here is some of our expertise:-
- Tobacco Fumigation
- Granary Fumigation
- Food processing plants
- Shipping containers
- Ship hold fumigation
- Raw agricultural commodities fumgation
- Animal feed fumigation
- Dates palm fumigatrion