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