Pest Management Process for Food Manufacturer
Once your reputation is damaged, it is hard to repair it again, and that is why you need to have zero tolerance for pests. Your duty is to find a professional pest control food processing service when you notice the first traces of pest. Look at it as an investment for future.
Pest control food processing programs for the food processing facilities should be effective, automated and with detailed documentation. To be effective, businesses must follow many directions set out by the government regulations particularly HACCP and the Food Act.
Documentation is important for analysing or examination of any troubled areas, service histories and material records that were used in the facility. In many cases it can be valuable information for auditors to examine it.
Automation is also very important in pest control food processing because it keeps track of pest appearance. It uses scanners that record pest movements. You can save all significant information in your database which you can use in real time. This is helpful for people who need to monitor quality control at multiple locations.
Future pest control food processing techniques will be focused on technology. Pest tolerances will be stricter, materials will be less toxic and pest controllers will have to be more professional. Effective pest controllers will create more effective pest control programs. For example, a pest control expert can enter the premise from a different entry point and while performing the treatment in a counterclockwise direction will have a totally different view. This way they can see some problems that might have been missed.
In some cases, it is advisable to seek for pests in some unexpected places. Sometimes you don’t think about those places because they are not noticeable. Places like basements, rooftops, unfilled walls and floors or other invisible places can hide pest nests or their colonies and they have to be treated. Some rooftops can hide massive amounts of pest faeces that are unsanitary and unsafe. They may be used for reproduction and shelter for other pest species, like flies and mosquitoes.
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Common Pests in Food Processing Field
The common house fly is known for carrying diseases like typhoid, dysentery, salmonella and cholera. They reproduce fast and is thought that one pair of houseflies can have more than 500 000 descendants in their six-year life period, but many of them don’t survive. Other frequent pest in food facilities is the fruit fly, which reproduces just rapidly as the house flies. For flying pest eradication, it is necessary to remove their breeding locations, and that should be done by destroying water and food sources in many facility sites. That is why the dumpsters must be moved away from open doors and all puddles of water should be moved from processing and distribution locations. Keeping flying pests from entering the building is essential but it can be really difficult. There are available products for controlling insects to enter, just like screen doors. Screen doors will work on standard doors, but they won’t fit as well on dock doors. For dock doors there are alternatives, for example air curtains and strip doors. You have to keep an eye on air curtains to be certain the airflow is going out, instead of going in while sucking pests from the outside. Strip doors are effective too, but sometimes they are tied which allows a breeze getting into the building.
There are few products available for extermination of indoor flying insects, like sticky traps, baited flytraps and electronic insect traps. These traps have to be maintained and cleaned regularly and electrocutor bulbs have to be changed often, approximately once every 6 months.
If those traps don’t do their job, there is alternative method such as insecticide fogging. It has to be done by a professional and licenced technician who has specialised in pest management in food processing facilities.
Cockroach is another vermin that can often be found in food plants, and is known for transmitting bacteria and diseases like salmonella, hepatitis, tuberculosis, dysentery and typhoid. When you find out which species is causing you the problem, it easier to eliminate them knowing its breeding places. You will achieve that by installing insect traps at certain spots around the building. Don’t forget to tag all that places so you can check them later. While catching them in a trap you will recognise certain type of insect and find out how to defeat them. Traps have to be safely placed in electrical junction boxes, behind and beneath machines, control panels and in floor drains.
Rodents include rats and mice and they are probably the worst pests in the food industry. These pests have to be controlled because they can damage food containers, contaminating food with their faeces and urine, and eating it. The most common rodents are Norway rat, roof rat and house mouse. They generally work during the night and can reproduce fast, having around 30 descendants yearly.
If you are looking to remove them you must destroy their shelters, such as old and unused furniture and equipment. Everything that looks like the garbage needs to be removed and exterior of the facility needs to be cleared as well. After that you have to wipe out rodent food and water sites.
Pest control for rodents has to cover a combination of interior and exterior tools. For interior use you need traps and big sticky boards which will catch rodents and maybe some other pests. Best trap for exterior use is bait placed in tamper proof station. Such boxes need to be checked and maintained regularly. During the winter baits have to be bigger because rodents are more engaged in their activities. A good idea is to mark traps on the map.
Meal moths and birds
Other pests that do a lot of damage on food processing facilities include Indian meal moths and birds. Procedure of pest control for moths and birds is always different and it has to be customized for each case. Moths may need fumigation for their extermination and birds may require restricted products. One thing is similar to them; they require pest control expert who knows how to defeat each type of pest individually. Find somebody in whom you trust and who will protect your brand reputation and keep track of the documentation.
Masters Pest Control Sydney is a professional pest management and food processing control service provider that is able to deal with all types of pests in food processing facilities quickly and efficiently. Sydney wide pest controller, all pests including all pests associated with food processing facilities, warranty on all work 02 8007 4666.
Masters Pest Control Sydney
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