Heat for insect control is an alternative to fumigation. Recent improvements in heat generating equipment and temperature measuring instruments has made this IPM option more attractive. Likewise, there have also been developments in technical approaches and knowledge of heat effects on buildings and equipment. However, heat is not an option for product, as heat does not penetrate product to any significant degree.
Generally, treatment with heat is not a one-time, stand-alone solution for insect control. Firstly, the use of heat require consideration of some basics. Secondly, sanitation, HACCP and incoming product inspection programs are important considerations with the use of heat. You must not only know what the effects of heat are, you must know how to control them during treatment.
The basics for any treatment with heat are: