Disinfection is an important part of sanitation, with many textbooks and professional publications discussing the various chemicals available for the purpose. This paper deals with the use of steam disinfestation for the control of food-borne termites, particularly in areas where the sanitation laws of the country prohibit the use of chemicals such as methyl bromide. It is important to note that many of these chemicals are available for use only in a limited number of countries due to the significant health and safety concerns. Without chemical pesticides, steam disinfestation is the only available method in those countries. Steam disinfestation has not been studied in much detail in the scientific literature, and is not entirely reliable, but the literature does suggest that it can be used in situations where the types of pest are easily detectable, and where they are physically located. This paper will include a description of the economics of using steam disinfestation as well as a discussion of its application, effectiveness, and effects on the pest and the environment.
In this analysis, a best-case scenario was presented that assumed the reopening of all plants in a single colony (as opposed to the more realistic scenario where it is assumed the reopening of a small number of plants). In this analysis, the results were considered cost-effective if the cost of implementation exceeded $10,000. The results of the cost-benefit analysis were compared using univariate analysis to a best-case scenario where all of the plants re-open, and to a worst-case scenario where the plants do not open and all of the cycles are uneconomic.
To study the economic feasibility of reopening plants in a natural Pest Management (PM) program, this study used a lifecycle approach and the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) method to determine the most effective and cost-effective reopening of pest infested retail stores with predicted outcomes on the profitability of the PM program. Using detailed information on the purchase prices and retail store sales of the processed produce exported from the U.S. during the period from 2001–2004 (state-specific data were obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service), the anticipated numbers of kilograms of processable fruits and vegetables were estimated based on imputed sales. Expected producer and retailer revenues were then calculated for each possible reopening scenario over a 30-year period. d2c66b5586