Treating post-harvest grains is important, and knowing how to properly treat empty bins can help prevent insect infestations. To aid in insect control, follow the Bug Free Grains pre-bin checklist:
✔ Empty those bins
Out with the old, in with the new. This step may seem like a no brainer, but make sure to completely empty your bins to ensure a bug free start.
✔ Clean sweep!
Your bins are completely empty, now what? Clean! Take this opportunity to deep clean grain bins following the guidelines of the first, and most important step in the S.L.A.M. approach, sanitation. For a complete deep clean, ask yourself the following questions:
✔ Time to treat
Once all your repairs are made, bins are cleaned and the outside has been tended to, it’s time to spray your empty bins with a pre-bin treatment. We recommend using a start-to-finish insect control solution like Diacon® IGR PLUS. A formulation with an adulticide and an insect growth regulator (IGR), Diacon® IGR PLUS kills insects in the grain and prevents future generations from emerging.
Apply the solution to equipment, bin walls, floor surfaces and even directly on grain for complete control. For even more power, Diacon® IGR PLUS may be tank mixed with other products, such as PBO-8® Synergist. When getting ready to treat grain bins, keep the 1-1-1 rule in mind:
Maintaining a strong sanitation program along with using grain protectant products can help control post-harvest insect damage, from start to finish.
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