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5 Questions to Chris Mueller, MSA, ACE, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Commercial Officer, IFC

1. What are some of the benefits of a nebulization or fumigation treatment?

Both have unique benefits. The benefits of misting treatment include fast turnaround, shorter downtime, and rapid elimination of adult pests, such as flies and cockroaches. Fogging is normally the first treatment we turn to when other avenues have been exhausted.

A fumigation is used for the elimination of all life stages of pests, including insect eggs. It is an excellent choice for stored product insects, severe rodent infestations and the penetration of certain products and shelter areas.

2. What are some common concerns IFC hears about these types of treatments?

Common concerns are safety, downtime and facility readiness. Safety is paramount. At IFC, we ensure that all regulations, standard operating procedures and customs clearance protocols are followed for the safe return of personnel.

As mentioned earlier, fogging requires less downtime, typically a shift or less; however, there are also certain fumigants that can be tailored to achieve the required concentration and time requirements for effective fumigation, but at a reduced exposure time.

3. When can the IFC recommend a fumigation treatment rather than a fogging treatment?

Fumigations are generally recommended when elimination of all pest life stages is required. A scenario that comes to mind apart from the ones mentioned earlier is rodent infestations. They can be difficult to fix when they are widespread or in a large facility. The use of a rodent fumigant allows us to access inaccessible refuges more economically and in less time than you might think.

4. How does fogging/fumigation work as part of a larger IPM strategy?

It is beneficial to keep all the pest control tools available in the IPM toolbox. The modern IPM pyramid is designed to apply the full range of prevention and escalation strategies to ensure there is an appropriate solution for all pest risk scenarios. We also use Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs), a powerful misting option in proactive IPM programs. IGRs use the specific biology of insects to prevent reproduction and the emergence of viable adults, thus ending the life cycle of the insect.

5. How do you know you have implemented the right strategies in your IPM program?

Developing a strong pest prevention strategy requires a comprehensive IPM program, including identifying pests, improving maintenance and sanitation strategies, and implementing corrective actions. Nebulization or fumigation may be part of a larger strategy, but it is not normally the first recommendation. Understanding pest trends is also essential in a comprehensive IPM program. The use of annual assessments, reviewed quarterly, will help predict potential pest problems and ensure that the IPM program is effective and achieving desired goals.