Regulation Or Recommendation?

Disinfestation Treatments are a mandatory requirement on longhaul aircraft and also recommended to conform with any future legislation i.e. food hygiene regulations, etc. It is also included in the World Health Organisation recommendations on the Disinsecting of Aircraft.


The recent Swine Flu & SARS outbreak has highlighted the need for airlines to ensure that aircraft are disinfected following the transportation of suspected SARS or swine flu infected passengers. This company is able to provide localised disinfection of specific zones within an aircraft or complete disinfections of the entire cabin which may be required in addition to the normal cleaning and disinfections procedures carried out onboard by aircraft cleaning contractors. The disinfectants used are approved by aircraft manufacturers, operators and the Port Health Authorities in the UK and are known to inactivate viruses with physical and biochemical properties similar to SARS.

Residual Disinfection

Health authorities in many countries are becoming increasingly concerned about the potentially deadly risks of malaria carried into their territory by “jet-setting” mosquitoes that travel on international flights. It is a mandatory World Health Organisation (WHO) requirement on specific routes that Airlines use either aerosol disinsection spray cans during the flight while passengers are onboard or alternatively ensure the entire aircraft cabin is treated with an approved residual insecticide on a scheduled basis. This company is able to provide this service in the UK and is also approved by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).


Disinfestation is a procedure whereby all galleys, bars, amenity stowages and toilets etc., are spray treated with an approved insecticide to control possible infestations of crawling insects i.e. cockroaches. These treatments are normally carried out on a monthly or 6-8 weekly scheduled basis either to coincide with hangar inputs or are carried out on the ramp when down time allows. We also respond to any call-out treatments that are required following Tech. Log entries for either Cockroach or Biting Insect infestation that have emerged during operations. We do try to respond as soon as possible but due to tight turn rounds it is sometimes impractical and therefore we arrange for treatments when an aircraft returns. (A Deferred Defect can be raised and if notice is given, treatment can be carried out when the Aircraft returns).

On longhaul Aircraft it is a mandatory requirement to have Disinfestation Treatments carried out and also recommended to conform with any future legislation i.e. food hygiene regulations etc. It is also included in the World Health Organisation Recommendations on the Disinsecting of Aircraft.

Fumigation / Withdrawal of Methyl Bromide

Methyl Bromide has now been withdrawn under the European Biocides Directive and therefore no longer available for use as an aircraft fumigant. This company has been active in researching an effective, viable and less environmentally damaging alternative that we can offer to the Aviation industry as an effective means of aircraft disinfestation.

Although both Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen were suggested and considered, due to the prolonged, expensive and unsupported biocidal registration process it was decided not to pursue these alternatives. Also these gases are unproven, their efficiency inconsistent ,and the quantity of gaseous product required would be both unmanageable and unviable especially on a large multi deck aircraft. Consideration must also be given to the potential environmental impact of several tonnes of green house gas emissions when using these products. If you require further details please contact us.

Fumigation / Thermal Disinfestation

Because of the increase in bed bug infestations on board aircrafts, this company has, in conjunction with Global Aviation Pest Solutions pioneered a method of thermal disinfestation where by hot air is carefully introduced into the aircraft cabin, then disipated equally throughout the infested zone of the cabin. The cabin temperature is constantly monitored to ensure that at no time during the treatment could the temperature reach a critical threshold. This procedure has been approved by Boeing (non-technical objection NTO has been issued for all fleet types) and recently Airbus Industrie have issued a Technical Adaptation (TA) applicable to A330 and A340 fleet types.

This company has undertaken 25 aircraft heat disinfestation treatments over the last three years with no damage or deliterious effect to any aircraft cabin, furnishings or equipment.

If you require further information please contact Advance Fumigation or Global Aviation Pest Solutions here.

The Staff

All our staff are qualified and hold Certificates of Competence in Pest Control and Fumigation, in accordance with the British Pest Control Association Certification Scheme.


Address: PO Box 456, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 9ZL

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