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Coffee Berry Borers In Hawaii

In: Commercial Pest Control  |  Fumigation

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There are few bugs that strike as much fear in the heart of coffee growers like the coffee berry borer. It is estimated that this insect is responsible for nearly $500 million in coffee crop damage worldwide each year; and there is currently no treatment that will kill coffee berry borers that have already infested coffee berries. So, when these pests showed up in Hawaii in 2010, it created quite a stir. The DOA set up a quarantine zone on Big Island and mandated that all coffee beans moving off the island be treated; and the team here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions acted quickly to assist state agencies in reducing the economic impact by setting up a treatment center in Kailua-Kona.

Here's what you need to know about the treatment center in Kailua-Kona:

  • Treating green coffee beans with ProFume gas can kill organisms within the beans, without hurting the beans themselves.

  • Bags of green coffee beans are placed into a sealed chamber and an appropriately calculated dosage is applied.

  • All fumigants are monitored using a Fumiguide calculator to ensure 100% success and complete eradication of all life stages of the coffee berry borer.

  • This process requires approximately 18 hours.

  • Once the process is finished, the chamber is vented and aerated and the bags are made available for transport.

  • All quarantine procedures are followed to document that the contents have been properly fumigated.

  • This process ensures that green coffee beans will not introduce this pest to your crops.

  • Fumigations are scheduled for Tuesdays, with a drop off time of 12pm. Be sure to make reservations prior to Friday by 4pm.

  • The fee is charged on a per-bag basis.

  • You can schedule through our webpage or use our contact page to reach out to us.

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is a trusted pest control company with educated staff members who hold seats at the National Pest Management Association. Our QualityPro team is the best in the industry, and they have worked closely with local farmers, processors, Kona Trans, and coffee industry stakeholders to make this quarantine fumigation facility available in Kona. It is currently the frontline solution that is protecting the coffee industry and the economy of Hawaii, from the devastating impact of this crop pest.

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is proud to be in the top 100 of all pest control companies in the United States, and proud to service the state of Hawaii with the most advanced pest control protocols available. If you need more information, our agents would be happy to walk you through the process.



Tags: Fumigation  |  coffee berry borer  |  pest control in hawaii

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