February

05

2013

 

The journey food takes from farm to your kitchen or restaurant table can include a few unwelcome detours along the way. The detours on the map include pests such as rodents, cockroaches and stored product pests; all common invaders of bulk agriculture commodities like grain, grass seed, vegetables and fruit.

These undesirable pests can make tons of healthy food and seed commodities unusable by transmitting harmful bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella through their droppings and urine (rodents).

This has a negative impact up and down the supply chain including lost profits, depleted inventory and failure to pass critical third-party food audits. In some cases it means your commodity can’t be shipped overseas or in the case of certain farm equipment over state lines, because fumigations are mandatory before the commodity gets put in the cargo hold of ship or the back of semi-trailer.

The Sprague Pest Experts work every day with food and seed industry clients to protect their grain, seed and food commodities from harmful pests. Our work includes the full spectrum of integrated pest management (IPM) methods from sanitation and exclusion to direct control measures such as fumigation.

Fumigation has proven to be effective in eliminating pests in food and grain commodities, the containers and vehicles that transport the commodities, and the farm machinery that harvests the commodities in the field.

Rodents and other pests often hitch a ride on trucks from farms to seed conditioning and food processing plants and storage facilities. The frequency of shipments coming in and out of these facilities provides these opportunistic and destructive pests the chance to gain access and do some damage.

Mike Mulloy, A.C.E., a card-carrying Sprague Pest Expert and Sprague’s service center manager in Eugene/Springfield, Oregon (right in the heart of Oregon seed country), says fumigation for seed is fast-acting and provides 100% kill on rodents at low dosage rates. Mulloy also points out fumigation doesn’t harm the seed’s germination process because of the low doses.

The speed and effectiveness of a fumigation treatment is a plus for food and seed industry professionals who lose valuable time and revenue if a facility is shut down during peak production times. The Sprague Pest Experts can often perform a facility fumigation treatment in 24 to 48 hours.

Getting a fumigation treatment done in a timely fashion doesn’t mean we sacrifice results or safety while on the job. The Sprague Pest Experts adhere to strict safety and application protocols to ensure the job is done right the first time.

Facilities aren’t the only item we can fumigate for pests. If it drives, rides on a rail or even flies in the sky, Sprague can handle it. We have fumigated thousands of shipping containers, and hundreds of railroad cars, semi-trailers, farm equipment and even airplanes!

If you have questions on fumigation and how it can help manage unwanted pests in your facility, call the Sprague Pest Experts - we are ready to help. Send us an e-mail at info@spraguepest.com and we’ll be happy to get back with you with more information.

Sincerely,

The Sprague Pest Experts