bugs in drums
robert.beiriger at worldnet.att.net
Wed Sep 5 23:50:47 EDT 2001
>> I had this happen with imported, wooden statuary. When I called the local FDA
>> they said to burn the items immediately. They were concerned with infestation
>> of a non-native species. Being I had quite a shipment of these items I was
>> required to acquire a burn permit. These permits are given out first
>> come-first served. I was allowed to burn them the afternoon I called.
>> They could be very serious pests.
>Not likely a unique or serious pest. It's very likely one of the 15 common
>stored product insect pests (mainly beetles) that have near world wide distributions.
>Some flour mills (e.g. General Mills) heat up their plants to 130-140 degrees
>with heaters to kill off stored product insect pest infestations in food processing
>machinery. That's why I suggested putting the drum inside a hot car in the sun
>for a day.
>Paul Cherubini, Placerville, Calif.
Generally, heat of 120 to 140 degrees will kill stored product pest infections, if mantained for 24-48 hrs. Even in sunny South Florida, a car on a hot day would not be able to maintan enough heat to kill all the pest.
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