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Practice or guidelines of using fumigated wooden pallets


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#1 beautiophile

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:28 AM

Hi everyone,

Our company produces bags for food makers. We pack our products on wooden pallets and we store fumigated (heat treatment) pallets in a warehouse before we use them for shipping. 

I am looking for a practice or an instruction about preservation of fumigated wooden pallets, e.g. stocking condition and duration (practical time of storing before possible re-infestation).

I think it's okay to post this in the pest control section. Please move if I was wrong.

P/S. I read somewhere they said that the critical time of post-fumigation was 21 days and after that, pallets had to be retreated.

Thank you in advance.


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#2 Gerard H.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:00 AM

Dear Beautiophile,

 

Fumigation and heat treatment are 2 different processes. Which one are you speaking about?

  • Fumigation = Treatment with the pesticide Methyl Bromide (normally this is not allowed anymore since the end of 2015)
  • Heat treatment = Treatment by means of a temperature increase

If the pallets have been treated and there is no new infestation, there is normally no reason to retreat them after 21 days.

 

Kind regards,

 

Gerard Heerkens


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:00 AM

Merci, Gerard.

My case is the heat treatment. I am glad that you have clarified it for me.

Sincèrement. 


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