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The cocoa bean, also called cacao bean, cocoa (/ˈkoʊ.koʊ/), and cacao (/kəˈkaʊ/), is the dried and fully fermented seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and, because of the seed’s fat, cocoa butter can be extracted. The beans are the basis of chocolate, and of such Mesoamerican foods as mole and tejate. Cocoa beans are traditionally shipped and stored in burlap sacks, in which the beans are susceptible to pest attacks.

Cocoa Beans

Treatments for stored Cocoa beans pests: Indian meal moths, cocoa moths, and rodents.

cocoa beans and under tarp web

Expertise in All Aspects of Structural Fumigation and Food Safety:

  • Full-service pest management and fumigation: fogging, bird exclusion, wildlife removal, monitoring and spatial mapping, use of pheromones
  • Certified applicators fully trained in integrated pest management; fumigation; confined space entry, fall protection, ladders and  other safety measures; and sealing techniques
  • Long-term storage protection

Indian Meal Moth lifecycle

The Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella), alternatively spelled Indianmeal Moth, is a pyraloid moth of the family Pyralidae. Alternative common names are North American High-flyer, Weevil Moth and Pantry Moth; less specifically, it may be referred to as “flour moth” or “grain moth”. The Almond Moth (Cadra cautella) is commonly confused with the Indianmeal Moth.

Its larvae (caterpillars) are commonly known as “waxworms” like those of its relatives, though they are not the particular waxworms often bred as animal food. They are a common grain-feeding pest found around the world, feeding on cereals and similar products.

People around the world enjoy cocoa in many different forms, consuming more than 3 million tons of cocoa beans yearly. Every consumer has a unique taste and preferences of the end product. Once the cocoa beans have been harvested, fermented, dried and transported they are processed in several components. Processor grindings serve as the main metric for market analysis. Processing is the last phase in which consumption of the cocoa bean can be equitably compared to supply. Finally, after this step all the different components are sold across industries to many manufacturers of different types of products.

What we do:

  • Fumigate raw and processed commodities in all types of facilities, rail cars, and vehicles domestically, and for import/export purposes.
  • Fumigate all types of forestry products for import/export purposes i.e. logs, wood chips, pallets, misc. cargo.
  • Fumigate all types of fruit domestically, and import/export purposes.
  • Turnkey operations i.e. partner with bonded warehouse’s for storage/trans loading, coordinate trucking one-way.
  • Arrange and communicate with local, state agencies, USDA, CBP, and freight forwarders.
  • Provided all needed documentation for local, state, foreign countries.

Why use Royal Fumigation:

  • Regional service with global solutions
  • Over 30 years of experience in solving import/export issues
  • Continuous improvements on efficiencies that allow customers to improve their margins
  • Over 30 years of experience performing quarantine fumigations
  • Capability to perform quarantine fumigations at most ports throughout the US
  • Ability to provide volume discounts at one or multiple sites throughout the US
  • RPS uses the most up-to-date technology
  • Well established working relationships with local and state regulators, USDA, CBP & freight forwarders throughout the country
  • RPS fumigators are fully licensed in their respective states of operation
  • RPS has an impeccable safety record
  • RPS has well established partners operating at ports throughout the country that can assist with many needs of customers i.e.: Trans loading, rail service, drayage etc…