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Skokie, IL 60076

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Freeze-Dry, Ltd.

7326 N. Central Park

Skokie, IL 60076

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Non-toxic Pest Control

 

  

Midwest Freeze-Dry Presents

Insect Pest Control - the Non-chemical Way

For grains, books, papers, files, documents, 

furniture, textiles, wood objects.

 

COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS

by: Meggan King

 

Insect pest control the non-chemical way!!!.  The search for cost-effective alternatives to chemical insect pest control is pushed by the desire to eliminate the possibilities of negative side effects on human health and the environment. International standards in industrialized countries have been raised (like the Montreal Protocol to phase out methyl bromide). These new standards will drastically reduce, restrict and eventually ban the use of many chemicals commonly used today.

Traditional pesticides, such as aluminum phosphide for example, can produce hazardous phosphine gas upon decomposition. Because no chemicals are used in radio-frequency treatment there are no harmful toxins which can be released into the environment or residues left on the product. Therefore, radio-frequency treatment has no harmful side effects to consumers, or the environment.

 

Objectives

Most insects which effect stored grain are more resistant than those which normally infest textiles, museum collections, libraries collections and furniture. The effectiveness of radio-frequency treatment on these resistant grain insects would become a guideline. If radio-frequency treatment destroys these insects, then the less resistant insects have met the same fate. This eliminates the necessity to collect insects to be sent to an entomologist for identification prior to treatment, an often time and cost consuming exercise.

 

Summary

Tests were conducted at Midwest Freeze-Dry, Ltd. to examine the capabilities of using radio-frequency waves for insect pest control.  Exposing insects in a radio-frequency energy field resulted in one hundred percent kill of the egg, larvae and adult stages of stored product insects, which underwent testing at the facility.  Tests were conducted on Sitophilus oryza (Rice Weevil), Plodia interpunctella (Indian Meal Moth), and Tribolium castaneum (Red Flour Beetle).

 

Criteria:  Insect Selection

The three insects selected for this experiment were chosen because of the problems they create and the difficulties encountered in effective control in the grain industry. The rice weevil (Sitophilus oryza) is the most common cause of problems in the storage of raw grains. This weevil is one of the most difficult to kill because it lays its egg inside the grain itself and seals it with a waxy plug, making it difficult for fumigants to penetrate. Plodia interpunctella, the Indian Meal moth causes the largest problems in stored products overall. Not only does it damage the product, but the silk webbing which is produced by the caterpillars can damage machinery. The red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) is the second largest cause of problems in the stored product industry. Compared to the common insects which traditionally infest museum collections, textiles and furniture, these insects are challenging adversaries.

Materials and Methods

S. oryza, P. interpunctella and T. castaneum species were obtained from Insects Limited Incorporated, Indianapolis, Indiana. The eggs, larvae and adults (depending on their stage of development) were transferred into Pyrex petri dishes (along with their food source).  These samples were put into the vacuum chamber sandwiched between four feet of other material being treated by Midwest Freeze-Dry, Ltd.  The vacuum pressure was pulled to one-quarter atmosphere. The insects were then exposed to a radio frequency energy field for short pulsations totaling 90 seconds of exposure. Upon removal from the chamber all insects had been killed; (i.e. no signs of life were observed). For independent verification eggs and larvae were sent to Insects Limited Incorporated to test for any further development or hatching. Insects Limited confirmed that none occurred.

 

 

Typical Pest Infestations

Carpet Beetle

Casemaking Moth

Booklice

Furniture Beetle

Buffalo Bug

 

Anobiid Powderpost Beetle

House Cricket

German Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

 

Hump Spider Beetle

( Cimex Lectularius ) Bed Bugs

Ptinid Beetles

Bookworms

Carpet Moth

Death Watch Beetle

Drug Store Beetle

Furniture Mite

Tapestry Moth

Pinewood Nematode

Firebrat

Silverfish

Hide Beetles

Photo taken using a microscope at 10X after treatment.

Webbing Clothes Moth

 

Below is a photograph of an antique wood veneer cabinet purchased in Argentina and shipped to the US.  The Conservator in charge of the project realized the cabinet was infested because there was evidence of frasse.  We removed the base of the cabinet and a Drywood Termite crawled right out of one of the galleries.   Drywood termites feed across the grain of the wood,  creating chambers or galleries which are very and appear to be sanded smooth.

We specialize in Non-Toxic cost effective pest control for Schools, library, museums, archives and private collections.

Cabinet from Argentina

Drywood Termite in Nymph Stage

Gallery created by Drywood Termite

Non-Toxic Cost-Effective Pest Control for:

We Specialize in Salvage and Restoration providing Low Cost Vacuum Freeze Drying:

Cost-effective Vacuum Freeze Drying for Water, Fire, Smoke and Soot Damaged Materials:

 

Books and Manuscripts Furnishings Legal / Medical

 

Coated Papers

 

Antiques Furniture

 

Attorney, Client Files, Documents

 

Drafting Linens

 

Archaeological Wood

 

Confidentiality Files, Documents

 

Fine Art Books

 

Wood Floors

 

Court Records, Documents

 

Leather Books

 

Wood Furniture

 

Dental Documents, Files, Records,X-Rays

 

Library Papers, Manuscripts

 

Wood Objects

 

Hospital  Documents, Files, Records,X-Rays

 

Maps

 

 

Legal  Documents, Files, Records

 

Parchment

Historical

 

Medical  Documents, Files, Records,X-Rays

 

Pulp Paper

 

Archival Periodical

 

 

Schools' Library Books, Documents

 

Archival Periodical Documents

Paintings and Drawings

 

Vellum Books

 

Architectural Materials and Maps

 

Acrylics

 

 

Baseball Cards

 

Art on Paper

Business Files and Documents

 

Porous Board Stock Boxes

 

Drafting Cloth

 

Accounting

 

Certificates

 

Fine Art Drawings

Contracts

 

Rare Documents

 

Fine Art Prints

 

Employee Files

 

Paper Money Collections

 

Linen Drawings

 

Flight Logbooks

 

Stamp Collections

 

Water Colors

 

Plans or Blueprints

   

 

Product Catalogs

Keepsakes and Collectibles Photographs

 

Reference Materials

 

Awards & Achievements

 

Albumen Prints

 

Microfiche

 

Baby Books

 

Aperture Cards

 

Microfilm

 

Baskets

 

Chromogenic Prints

 

 

Collectibles, Collections

 

Gelatin Dry Plate Glass Plates

Family Files and Documents

 

Memorabilia

 

Matte and Glossy Collodion Prints

 

Appraisals

 

Leather

 

Photomechanical Prints

 

Birth Certificates

 

Newspaper Articles

 

Photographs

 

Death Certificates

 

Photo Albums

 

Prints

 

Household Records

 

Recipe Books, Cards

 

Slides

 

Loan Agreements

 

Scrapbooks

 

 

Passports

 

Wedding Albums

Textiles

 

Securities

 

Yearbooks

 

Embroidery

 

School Transcripts

 

 

Flags

 

Tax Records

 

 

Needlework

 

Vellum Documents

 

 

Rugs

 

Vital Records, Documents

 

 

Silks

   

 

Tapestries

 

Our cost effective method of non-toxic pest control is effective on the following pest:

Carpet Beetle

Casemaking Moth

Booklice

Furniture Beetle

Buffalo Bug

Anobiid Powderpost Beetle

House Cricket

German Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Hump Spider Beetle

( Cimex Lectularius ) Bed Bugs

Ptinid Beetles

Bookworms

Carpet Moth

Death Watch Beetle

Drug Store Beetle

Furniture Mite

Tapestry Moth

Pinewood Nematode

Firebrat

Silverfish

Hide Beetles

House Moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

Drywood Termite

Cigarette Beetle

Black Carpet Beetle

 

 

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