Heat treatment to control insect infestations in the milling industry

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 June

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Handling, storage & transport


    Scope & contentHeat treatment is an effective environmentally benign pest management tactic to kill all life stages of stored product insects by attaining and maintaining elevated temperatures in the range of 50° to 60°C.

    Heat treatment is performed in a scientific manner to manage stored-product insects, without any damage to structure, machinery or storage structure. Heat treatment is highly effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tool to control insect infestations in food-feed processing plants, warehouses and storage structures.

    Heat treatment of mills dates back to the 1900s. Over a century ago (1910s), heat treatment in more than 20 mills in Kansas proved that no stage of insect, even in the most inaccessible places, could withstand heat.

    Several mills in mid-west US and southern Canada corroborated the practicability and efficiency of heat to control insects. Heat treatment has been performed successfully by major food and grain-processing companies for the past 60 years….Read more.


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