To Bag Or Not To Bag?

12 Sep, 2014

To Bag Or Not To Bag?

How to use Nylofume™ bags to protect food and other commodities during fumigations with Vikane™ gas fumigant. Nylofume™ bags are made from a special nylon polymer film. Research has demonstrated that double-bagging, as shown below, achieves optimum protection.

All items such as food, feed, drugs, and medicine (including those items in refrigerators and freezers) must either be removed from the structure being fumigated or be sealed in protective Nylofume™ bags.

To assure proper ceiling and good protection, please follow these instructions carefully:

1. While bags are still empty, place one inside another. Double-bagging helps assure effective protection.

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2. Place items to be protected inside the inner bag. Do not overfill- leave clearance on top for adequate closure of the bags.

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3. Twist the top of the inner bag, fold once and secure the fold in place using a suitable fastener such as a twist tie, tape, rubber band or string.

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4. Repeat step 3 with the outer bag.

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5. Check the seal by pressing gently against the sides of the bag and listen for air leaks. No air should be able to escape.

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Protecting consumable items like food, feed and medicine is part of every fumigation with Vikane™ gas fumigant. However, from time to time questions arise about which items need to be double-bagged in Nylofume™ bags, and which items can remain in the structure unbagged during the fumigation. Here are some examples to guide you as you prepared your home for fumigation.

Bag these:

Pretzels and other foods packed in plastic bags need to be bagged or removed.

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Animal feed, like human feed, needs to be bagged or removed.

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Foods packed and cardboard boxes, like cereal, need to be bagged or removed because the interior plastic bag may not be airtight.

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Spices without their original manufactured airtight seal intact must be bagged or removed.

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Eggs must be bagged or removed from the structure.

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Aspirin and other medicines need to be bagged or removed.

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Cottage cheese should be bagged or removed because pre-sealable containers, including Tupperware and other storage containers, do not form air tight seals.

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Ice cubes should be discarded before any vacation and the ice maker turned off.

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Unopened 2-liter plastic bottles with manufacturer's airtight seal intact can remain un-bagged. Shake 2-liter bottles to confirm that the airtight seal is still intact.

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Canned products like soup may remain un-bagged because unopened metal cans provide an airtight seal.

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Important: Please keep these and other such bags out of children's reach.

As Always: When in doubt, take it out.