Pest control in the food industry

Pest control in the food industry

Every company that is operating a food distributing business must implement proper pest protection measures, as these living forms present a constant threat for the consumers’ health. They also often inflict significant financial losses with doing damage to the property and the food itself, which can lead to the disposal of once perfectly eatable meals. Pests and all kinds of rodents not only spread contamination amongst groceries, but also cause serious damage to the furniture, the containers, and wiring installations inside the food factory and similar establishments. If pests remain persistent in returning to the base of your operations, it can lead consumers to lose their confidence in the products you are manufacturing or distributing.

Things we eat are easily contaminated as most pests carry a whole bag of malicious viruses and microorganisms that could seriously damage our health. The most common pests found in food products are mice, rats, flies, cockroaches, ants, birds and even lizards. Other types that can be found in supermarket products are flour moths, larder beetles and weevils.

Other forms of contamination come from insect droppings, eggs, urine and hair. Even dead pests can turn into a disease spreader.

All companies doing any kind of food business are legally obliged to maintain their premises pest-free, because these sometimes microscopic organisms carry dangerous viruses and bacteria on their back.

Why are food establishments so attractive to pests? The answer is simple. These provide perfect accommodation for all sorts of insects and the heat generating machinery creates ideal conditions for them to reproduce. Therefore every food company has an essential task of preventing even a single bug from entering their compound. Scheduling regular monitoring procedures is also crucial. These are the regulations every food distributor must comply to.

Windows

Windows are maybe the best way for pests to enter a property.

window pests

– That are always kept opened must be covered with special screens that are easily cleanable and prevent any kind of animal from entering the facility

– If there is a possibility of food contamination through opened windows, implementation of closed or fixed solutions is mandatory

– It that give access to areas intended for food preparation must be covered with some sort of screen

– Dirt pileup on window screens also poses a significant threat to the food; these must be kept clean at all times

Waste disposal

Businesses that handle food should provide adequate space for storing and removing waste and all sorts of litter. Objects of this purpose should be sealed in order to restrict pest access to any kind of garbage.

Extermination precautions

– The appliance of pesticides must be carried out with extreme caution, and it should be considered as a last resort if all options fail

–  You mustn’t use pesticides that do not have a proper food safety certificate

–  The pest control agency should be properly authorized

– Take all the necessary precautions for preventing contamination of eatable materials and all the equipment used in the object