Fumigation Alternatives

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Innovative Pest Management For Denver, Portland And Seattle

As part of our commitment to the environment and responsible pest management, Sprague aggressively seeks alternatives to traditional fumigations. We have worked successfully with many clients to reduce their reliance on gas fumigants by introducing innovative strategies resulting in equal or better results.  Count on us to explore appropriate fumigation alternatives with you if you are interested in fumigation services.  Contact us today to learn more about fumigation alternatives available in Denver, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, and throughout our service area.

Fumigation Alternative Programs In CO, WA, OR, Pacific Northwest

Some of the alternative programs that have proven their effectiveness in the field are described below. They include:

  • Mass Trapping
  • Heat Treatments
  • CO2 & Phosphine (This does use gas. See description below)

Heat Treatments

Heat Treatments are Hot-Hot-Hot and effective!

Heat treatments are a non-chemical and greener alternative to methyl bromide and phosphine fumigations.

"Heat treatments involve heating a room or building up to 125-130 degrees for 36, hours," explains Technical Director, Jeff Weier. The treatment delivers excellent results on equipment and has the versatility to effectively do spot treatments. At a symposium at Kansas State University, the treatment successfully killed insects in all areas of the university's flour mill.

Heat treatments fit within Sprague's philosophy of providing alternative pest management methods to our clients. The success of heat treatments and proven benefits also make them a solution that compliments the services we already offer.

"The neat thing is that while the flour mill was under treatment, we were able to be in a classroom directly across the hall from the area being treated. This is very different from fumigations with methyl bromide and phosphine. We could also enter the facility to check temperatures or the status of insects," Weier said.

NOTE: Heat treatments are not designed for use on commodities.

CO2 And Phosphine

CO2, heat and phosphine combine to deliver powerful results. 

This section of our web site is typically reserved for non-chemical methods of pest control, or fumigation alternatives. However, the success of the carbon dioxide / heat / phosphine method and the dramatic reduction in the amount of gasses required to deliver an effective treatment, has earned this technology a place in our fumigation alternatives section.

This method uses low levels of phosphine in combination with heat and carbon dioxide. The heat and carbon dioxide act as synergists, increasing the insects' metabolism and respiration. This makes the phosphine effective at lower levels and over a shorter exposure time than fumigations with phosphine alone.

This treatment reduces the concentration of phosphine and the exposure time, resulting in further reductions -- the potential for corrosion and the down-time businesses experience with fumigations.

Check with your Sprague Sales Associate for information about using the CO2 / Heat / Phosphine treatment at your plant.

NOTE: This treatment can be used on food products.

PST Precision Solution Technology

Understanding pest population structure enables us to determine the source of pest activity and to precisely target our inspection and control measures for maximum effectiveness.

PST is designed to help our clients and our pest management teams better understand pest population structures. This advanced method of representing the structure of pest activity integrates information obtained during our services with population structure contour maps. It improves the accuracy of information, improves the methods of documentation and dramatically reduces the time between acquisition of information and the pest solution decisions.

Using an actual blueprint of your property, Sprague's PST technology can be used to pinpoint the sources of pest activity. Contour lines and images illustrate the highest concentrations of pests and identifies areas where pest management and prevention efforts must be focused. Instead of hundreds of randomly placed traps, eight strategically placed traps address the pest issues of this client's large facility.

PST enables us to predict pest outbreaks, locate the sources of infestation or immigration, link additional information to the population contour maps and expand the modeling capabilities beyond building interiors to include all parts of the pest animal's ecosystem.

Precision targeting of pest management tools, predictive models of pest activity and other effective techniques combined into Precision Solutions Technology, provides the framework needed to deliver pest solutions into the future. Sprague Pest Solutions continues to lead the industry in innovation and is anxious to demonstrate how PST can impact your pest management program.

Find out how PST can be used at your facility. Contact Sprague immediately!

Vacuum Treatments

Is "nothing" a substitute for Methyl Bromide? Many concepts have been tested as a substitute for methyl bromide, a gas commonly used in fumigations but slated for phase-out. These concepts range from different gases to heat to new formulations of fumigants we currently use. One idea that Sprague is exploring for a substitute is to literally use nothing . . . a vacuum.

All insects must respire to survive. When a vacuum is applied, all oxygen is removed and insects suffocate. Studies performed at Oklahoma State University have shown that insect activity can be eliminated from food commodities by applying a vacuum to the infested product.

Vacuum treatments provide a number of benefits.

  • They do not use any pesticides or present any of the hazards associated with other fumigants.
  • The systems are relatively simple. Plastic enclosures contain a vacuum and a commodity for treatment. An electrical vacuum pump is all that is needed to achieve and maintain a vacuum.
  • Vacuum treatments can be performed inside of occupied structures with no risk.
  • No aeration is required because nothing is added. The commodity is available for use immediately.
  • Vacuum treatments preserve our natural ecology by providing an effective alternative to gas.
  • Flexible application. Any quantity up to a 40 foot container of product can currently be treated by this technique.

Sprague uses vacuum treatments as well as a variety of other applications as an alternative to fumigation for small lots of commodities. Contact Sprague to learn more about how vacuum treatments might provide a solution at your location.