Cleaning, Why Clean Your Store?

Timely Action Now Can Save Costly Rejections Later

There are two types of storage pest.  An understanding of both will enable you to manage your store effectively.

Primary Storage Pests

Primary storage pests can survive on residue left from the previous year’s Harvest.  As soon as new grain is placed in the store, they will be ready to infect it.  They will destroy whole, sound grain and have evolved to thrive in the grain storage environment, breeding at relatively low temperatures and moisture contents.  The 3 most common primary storage pests in UK stores are the grain weevil, the saw-toothed grain beetle and the red rust grain beetle.

Secondary Storage Pests

Secondary Storage Pests generally feed on grain already damaged or going out of condition.  The exposed endosperm in damaged grain kernels make them an attractive feed source for secondary storage pests such as foreign grain beetle, spider beetles and booklice.  Good grainstore management is key to avoiding a problem and keeping the grain at optimal quality.

What does the B&W Services Team Do?

We offer a full cleaning service for farms, stores and silos.  Our trained teams use a combination of high pressure air lances to dislodge dust and debris from hard to reach crevices.  High lift access platforms enable the team to reach up into the roof spaces whilst high powered industrial vacuum cleaners are then used to remove the dislodged material.  All staff are fully trained for access, site safety and working at heights.

When should you clean?

It really does pay to get your stores cleaned as soon as you possibly can.  Cleaning (and fumigation!) will be far more effective the longer the gap between cleaning and refilling the stores. There is a common misconception that late cleaning somehow protects the new grain going into store; unfortunately this simply is not true!  We also offer a 5% discount for all bookings made and completed by 31st May.

What does it cost?

Every store is different so each job is priced individually.  We charge per Operator hour enabling you to buy in as much or as little of our service as required.  We will usually carry out a free, no obligation site survey to give you an estimate of how long we believe the job will take.