Fumigation activities most commonly involve the use of fumigant gases (most commonly methyl bromide). Methyl bromide is odourless, colourless, tasteless, and fatal. Being an ozone depleting substance, it’s use is strictly controlled. From an environment perspective, it’s use is not the best for our environment, but there are times there is no other fumigant that get can the penetration required, and achieve the desired insect mortality. Nowhere is this more important than in a Quarantine environment, where we need to protect our country against insects in imported commodities.
Environpest provide professional advice in the fumigation issue. Mark holds Queensland Fumigation Licence 282, and that licence covers all nine site environments available. (Burrows, containers, ship holds, stacks, aircraft, chambers, silos, soil, & buildings). We have extensive experience in each of the site environments spanning some 36 years.
We’ve developed specific technologies in the fumigation of perishables, and the development of fumigation chambers. Our fumigation chambers were part of a process where we were able to get the shelf life of fumigated Californian citrus from just 4 days, to over 14 days. The technologies we developed allow us to design fumigation chambers to effectively work with any fumigant gas.
Environpest fumigated some 60 buildings in Brisbane, Bundaberg, and Thursday Island for the West Indian drywood termite (Cryptotermes brevis), including Brisbane CBD buildings.
We’ve fumigated (and sprayed) a number of grain ships, where achieving the desired result (100% insect mortality) in the minimum time frame is paramount. Give the cost of standing a ship over, the fumigations are designed for there to be no re-fumigations required. We’ve never had a ship ordered to be re-fumigated.
Larger fumigations, like silo, ship, and building fumigations provide interesting challenges in getting the fumigants to distribute and clear evenly and effectively. At Environpest, we probably have a better understanding (and better success) than most in addressing these challenges.
These days we operate as consultants in the fumigation issue, providing professional advice to other fumigators, and commodity and perishables importers/exporters.
Environpest are not the cheapest timber pest inspection company you’ll find, (and we’re not the most expensive) but as you might have gathered browsing our web site, given what we provide in our inspections and advice, you’ll find we’re incredibly good value. The value of the honest advice you get here will be remembered long after you’ve forgotten the price!