Container & BMSB

We are approved to use Sulfuryl Fluoride which is a pressurised gas fumigant. It is approved by the Australian and New Zealand Governments Quarantine and Inspection Service for the treatment of The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

We can treat goods in shipping containers or under gas proof sheets at locations through out the UK. This can be turned around in 12hrs – 24 hrs.

Sulfuryl Fluoride is also approved to treat wood boring insects, stored product insects and moths. Treatments using this fumigant can be turned around in 12hrs.

We also use metallic phosphine compounds (Aluminium & Magnesium) to treat food commodities, raw materials, finished goods, packaging materials and other items such as basket ware and Tobacco which have, stored product Insect (SPI), Moth and other pest species infesting the commodity. Treatment time with phosphine can range between 5-14 days dependent on species / product and temperature.

Treatment can be undertaken at client’s premises, Ports, Rail freight Terminals and storage sites throughout the UK.

Urban Hawks Container Fumigation

It is also common practice for exporting countries to have goods fumigated before export and shipped under gas. This presents a risk to any person opening and unloading without the container first be de-gassed.

We extract the toxic gases via forced ventilation and remove the remaining hazardous residues for safe approved disposal. Thorough gas testing is undertaken and only when the levels are below the Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) will a gas free clearance certificate be issued.

Gas testing & Ventilation


A survey undertaken in Belgium & the Netherlands found that 11% of 50,000 containers tested found toxic vapours and gas levels above safe levels. A high percentage of these had not even been fumigated!

The levels of toxic substance were found to be emitted from every day items such as shoes, electronics and paint which were still curing from the manufacturing process. Some of these substances include Formaldehyde, Toluene, 1,2 Dichloroethane, Carbon Monoxide and Ammonia.

This presents a risk to the health of any unsuspecting persons opening and discharging the containers, example of which are warehouse operatives, Fork lift truck drivers, Port Health / custom Inspectors.

We can provide a testing and ventilation service for a range of substances giving safety and reassurance to all persons who maybe at risk.