HEAT TREATMENT: CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS
James Sargent*1, Mark Sheperdigian2, and Jeff Weier3
Heat treatments are an established, if obscure, method of disinfesting certain empty structures and equipment. Since the anticipated phase-out of methyl bromide fumigants, interest in this non-chemical pest management technique has been growing. Many of the advantages, disadvantages, considerations, observations, costs and results of using heat to disinfest empty food processing and storage structures are situational in reality. Like fumigation with methyl bromide, successful heat treatments depend upon trained personnel, careful preparation, employee cooperation, good weather, etc.
Some possible advantages of a heat treatment…