Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year was one of the most difficult years for any sector. Closing of plants, sick leave for staff and social distance also made it particularly difficult to maintain demand in food processing plants.
Furthermore, some facilities have seen a rise in pesticide problems because of the decreased foot traffic of mice and other pests, which has become desperate and bolder for food. In the past year, the importance of partnering with an approved pest control partner and making prevention a major focus in the new year has been underlined.
As we go to 2021, a few points are important to remember.
- Frequent invaders
Understanding the pests often infested by food production and the risks they pose may allow plant operators to recognise and solve any problems that occur prior to an infestation. Food manufacturing facilities provide ideal conditions, due to a wealth of food and refuge and moisture, for assorted pests, including rats, bees, cockroaches and preserved commodity pests. This pests can cause serious problems by contaminating food with their droppings. Many pathogens, including E. coli and Salmonella are known to spread to humans. Pests will also infest ingredients though they do not spread disease.
- Expert in Pest Control
A reputable, certified pesticide management partner would be the safest way to solve all pest problems and avoid new infestations. During the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security has considered professional pest management an invaluable service that enables businesses to perform their crucial work.
An integrated management (IPM) programme tailored specifically for your facility and its particular requirements to ensure that it complies with the food and drugs legislation will be developed by a commercial pest control partner. The PMI is an inspections, detection, and treatment process which focuses on three basic techniques.
Each manager’s 2021 to-do list should have the best pest control partner. There are a number of items to remember in order to decide which organisation best meets the needs of your facility. Assess pest control firms members of corporate, national or local pest control organisations. As a member of this organisation, it has a commitment to good health and property protection and a need to be continuously trained. That also ensures that these businesses adhere exclusively to the federal and state legislation.
- Tips for pesticide prevention
As well as consulting with a pest management specialist on an ongoing basis, plant administrators may do easy measures to deter a new year infestation.
Search for symptoms such as living or dead mice, dens or bugs and marks for a mouse infestation. Pay careful attention to equipment, kitchens and toilets for evidence of infestation of cockroaches such as droppings or shells. Carefully check storage facilities, in which goods should be packaged closely to cover several plagues. Finally, check for insect arrivals before parcels and deliveries are brought into it.