Fumigations are highly specialized treatments that rely on the power of gas formulations in sufficient concentrations to effectively eliminate all life stages of target pests. While fumigations may have a negative connotation for some, many know that they can be very beneficial for certain facilities and with critical situations. They aren’t usually recommended as the first line of defense, as it depends on the nature of the pest challenges that are occurring. In the following, we help break down fumigations to help show that they aren’t as costly as some may think.

Fumigations cost less than a recall, plus they may be able to be done with less down time. Fumigations are a great tool to reset your pest population to zero so that a sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program can effectively manage pest pressures and help prevent future infestations. Fumigations allow for a reset in certain challenging situations, providing time for correcting conducive pest conditions, and the implementation of enhanced sanitation approaches.

Fumigants are distinguished from fogging products because they are active in the gas phase rather than liquid aerosolized droplets. This gives fumigants the ability to penetrate deep into remote or difficult to reach areas. With the proper fumigant selection, combined with a comprehensive site assessment and a fumigation management plan, a safe and effective fumigation can be performed resulting in the most efficacious treatment possible with minimal risk.

All of the fumigants available for use in the food industry require stringent regulations to help ensure their proper use, safety and efficacy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies fumigants as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s) and only state certified pesticide applicators may apply fumigants. Gas detection instruments are used to monitor gas concentrations for efficacy and to ensure that the atmosphere is safe for re-entry. Needless to say, all fumigations require planning including an expert assessment and a well written fumigation management plan.

Fumigations continue to be a key component in food safety and effective IPM programs. Fumigants can safely and effectively mitigate all life stages of pests while preserving the integrity of food products. Making sure that you are provided a comprehensive fumigation assessment and plan from an experienced, highly trained fumigator will ensure that you achieve the best results.

With over 85 years of pest management and sanitization solutions in the food industry, IFC is the best equipped to provide fumigation services that meet your needs. Our highly trained specialists are fumigation leaders in the industry. Our fumigation teams are certified and trained to safety and effectively conduct fumigations for all types of structures and for any type of pest concern. If you have questions or are interested in scheduling an appointment for a no obligation fumigation assessment, you can request this now.