As the weather warms up and bugs start to make their appearance, this is the perfect time to use the expertise of pest control specialists.
Fumigation is perhaps one of the most underrated and misunderstood aspects of getting rid of bugs, mice, rats and other pests that invade the places where we work and live. The man in the street views fumigation as being a self-releasing treatment from an aerosol can – but there is far more to the process of fumigation than meets the eye.
Fumigation fills an entire area with pesticides that are in a gaseous form. These will then suffocate the pests inside a product or area. Fumigation is excellent for controlling pests in buildings which we refer to as structural fumigation; fumigation also controls insects in grains, in the soil and in produce. Fumigation is used in goods that have been processed for exportation or importation purposes to prevent the cross–contamination of organisms. Fumigation is used effectively to eliminate termites and wood borer insects.
Different Strengths of Fumigation are Used for Different Pests
A variety of pests are eliminated through fumigation, such as:
- Fumigation is typically carried out for pests that are hard to reach. Good examples of this would be wood borers, tobacco beetles, fleas and others that find their way in a variety of products
- When pests have invaded a product, the only method of getting rid of them would be through the fumigation process
- Fumigation gases are used to permeate the entire product which is used to eliminate the stages of insects through all the life-cycle stages, from the egg stage right to the adult stage
- Insects outside products will be tackled in a completely different manner to insects inside products
- For insects both inside and outside products, a combination of methods to get rid of these invasive pests will be applied. Combined methods are used to ensure the problem is completely eradicated
Methods Used for Fumigation
There are two main methods used during fumigation. These include the Tactic method and the Prophylactic method.
The Prophylactic method is routinely used whether insect activity is found during inspection or not. Australia requires fumigations by law annually using the Prophylactic method.
The Tactic method is used at the first sign where infestations are detected.
The cheap self-releasing aerosols are ineffective for fumigation purposes. These do not get rid of pests that are found within a product and are only effective for external insect activity. A good example is cockroach activity, although professional pest control specialists are a more permanent and safer option when eradicating these pests.
During fumigation gases are used – it is important to use professional pest control specialists such as Mostert Pest Control specialists to fumigate your space, especially as the gases can react to certain materials and surfaces.
Which Companies Are Permitted to Fumigate?
Companies registered with the department of agriculture are the only ones permitted to undertake fumigation. Additionally, technicians performing fumigation services need to be trained. Fumigation can be dangerous and therefore the right certification is necessary to perform these tasks.
Mostert Pest Control experts are a fully certified pest control company with trained specialists that are capable of undertaking fumigation tasks. The strict safety and health rules required are adhered to by a team of trained experts. Accurate tools are used to measure the gas levels which play a vital role in the health and safety for all concerned.
Using a reputable company to undertake fumigation is vital as teams of experienced qualified technicians with the proper PPE equipment ensure the task is done under the correct circumstances, using only accurate tools to measure the gases.
As the breeding season starts and pest activity increases, it is wise to be vigilant and to take action to prevent infestations. Only use certified professionals such as Mostert Pest Control specialists to assist in a fast and efficient manner to get rid of pests.