Pest Control

Pest Control

According to research conducted by Time Magazine  poor pest control was the 5th highest reason for foodborne illness in the restaurant sector.

Here at Always Food Safe we want to highlight to you the main problems, how to solve them and some best practices for you to keep in mind.

What are the main pest problems?

Pests fall under 4 main groups, these are:

  1. Insects – flies, moths, ants, cockroaches and wasps
  2. Stored product pests such as beetles, termites and weevils
  3. Rats, mice and racoons
  4. Birds

Food premises are very attractive to a pest, because your establishment will contain everything they need, such as: food, warmth, moisture, and shelter. If they get in they’ll be like a kid in a candy store!

Prevention

Don’t give pests a sniff, just clean as you go! If you keep a clean workplace there will be a much lower chance of having a pest problem.

Clean as you go should be the motto for you and all of your staff – don’t give pests a chance to find food, so if you spill some food make sure it’s cleaned up immediately!

It’s also important to pest proof your building overall, this can sometimes be called denial of access – if you pest proof your building you will make it much less likely for pests to be able to gain access insider your building.

However, if the worst happens and you do get a pest in your premise, don’t wait, contact , they will eliminate any pests.

We recommend the use of PCO, as they are the experts.

Best Practice Suggestions

Now you know the main pests, the problems and how to prevent them, we wanted to give you a few best practice tips to help you and your staff on a day to day basis.

  • Firstly, regularly inspect the building to check for evidence of pests.
  • Make sure you check deliveries carefully - some pests have entered food premises in packaging, vegetables, fruit, cereals and grain.
  • Check stored goods regularly and rotate stock.
  • Keep food covered at all times.
  • Never leave food in the preparation area when you are closed or overnight.
  • Store food off the floor in suitable containers.
  • Report any signs of damaged, torn, pierced or gnawed packaging.
  • Report any signs of pest activity – droppings, dead bodies, gnaw marks, unusual odors, nesting or unusual noise.
  • Store food waste in trash containers with securely fitting lids.
  • Keep doors and windows closed unless you have correctly fitting screens.
  • Report any sighting or signs of pests to your supervisor immediately.

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