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What Owensboro Business Owners Should Know About Fumigation

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Local business owners often contact pest control professionals who use fumigation for eliminating bothersome pests. Fumigation is a process that uses a gas to completely eliminate pests within a designated and enclosed area. The fumigant must be used at a specific temperature, pressure, and concentration level based on various factors. Some of the pests that are commonly fumigated include those that invade stored products such as types of beetles, Indian meal moths, rodents, bed bugs, and more. Fumigation is a potentially dangerous process that should only be performed by a licensed and certified specialist. 

Comparing Fumigation To Other Pest Treatment Options

While some minor pest intrusions are appropriate for less serious treatment options, fumigation is often necessary based on the circumstances. The fumigation process allows the gas to expand and spread into areas where pests may be deeply entrenched and potentially unreachable by alternative methods. While some chemical treatments are effective against pests, fumigation goes a step further by thoroughly “sealing off” the targeted area to reach a stronger concentration. 

Understanding The Fumigation Process

The process of fumigation begins with an inspection by professionals that will assess the problem, and educate the customer on how to properly prepare. Certain items might require packaging, or need to be removed entirely during the process. The procedure for enclosing the area for treatment known as “tenting” often involves durable plastic, tarps, and adhesive materials. 

The gas is pumped into the enclosed space for a period of between 24 and 72 hours to allow thorough coverage. The agents used are capable of deeply penetrating to fully eliminate pests. Following the treatment, any tenting materials are removed and the area is properly ventilated. 

Fumigation often occurs within structures or containers, such as in those containing lumber. Products that have been harvested, such as wheat or corn, may need treatment with sulfuryl fluoride. Other industries that often use fumigation include:

  • Processors of foods, grains, seeds, tobacco, and flour mills.
  • Facilities for packaging, warehousing, and storage.
  • Large residential property environments.
  • Shipping containers, railway cars, and barges.
  • For museum environments or furniture, collectibles, and antiques.

How Local Businesses Should Respond To Pest-Related Concerns 

As a business owner, your time and the reputation of your organization are both valuable. Many individuals attempt to take shortcuts after noticing a potential pest-related problem, such as by purchasing do-it-yourself treatment options sold by online retailers and local stores. The majority of these products are ineffective in fully eradicating most pest infestations, and may contain harmful chemicals that create potential health risks. 

The technicians with Action Pest Control understand the importance of operational safety. Our training and products are consistent with the recommendations and safety guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other leading institutions that seek to protect human health and our local environment. 

Licensed Provider Of Pest Control Solutions In Owensboro 

Action Pest Control has spent years assisting customers in commercial, industrial, and residential settings with difficult pest problems across the states of Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. Part of our longstanding success is the result of maintaining a firm commitment to excellent customer service and support. Don’t just take our word for it, as our organization was the recipient of the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Technician of the Year Award for being among the best in the industry. 

Our team of trained professionals have the knowledge, tools, and equipment to eliminate problems involving rodents, ants, stinging insects, and a host of other troublesome and unwanted pests. We look forward to speaking with you to schedule a thorough onsite inspection that involves assessing the interior and exterior of the premises, and providing you with an estimate. Those with an immediate need are encouraged to contact us for 24-hour emergency response pest services.