There are several different types of pest that can cause havoc in food businesses, from ants, flies and birds to cockroaches, mice and rats.
Whether you prepare, serve, sell or store food, keeping your premises pest-free is an ongoing task that needs to be kept on top of. Not having a proper plan in place can lead to infestations and damage, as well as causing you to lose stock and money, as well as risking your reputation.
There are steps you can take to keep your business pest free, some are things you can do yourself and are common sense. Others need a professional pest management company to handle, pest control is not something that should be attempted by untrained people as it is nowhere near as effective.
- Check all windows and doors for gaps and damage, and get them fixed immediately to prevent pests from accessing the premises. This is especially important during winter as pests will be looking for food and shelter when it’s cold outside and food is scarce. Unless you are handy with tools it’s best to get this done professionally to ensure the work lasts. It will also show environmental health that you are serious about maintaining high standards.
- If you have to keep doors and windows open it is advisable to fix fly screens over them. These are available in all sizes and in a variety of styles to suit different business’s needs. They are essential in the fight against flying insects.
- To prevent birds from nesting and causing damage/ leaving mess in and around your property you can have bird-netting installed where they are likely to perch.
- It goes without saying that anywhere that prepares and stores food must be kept spotlessly clean to prevent attracting pests. Clear up any spillages immediately and empty bins regularly.
- Ensure food is stored securely in airtight containers with well-fitting lids. Replace any that are damaged immediately, it only takes a tiny split for an infestation to start.
- Keep your outside area clean and free of spillages, and check regularly for signs of pests, including droppings and damage.
- Having a pest management plan in place is essential to keep compliant with current regulations. This ensures that regular checks are made, any issues are dealt with and everything is recorded.
How can Shield Help?
Shield are experts in keeping businesses pest-free and have many years of experience with both food-related and non-food establishments. We have our own bespoke reporting system, ShieldNet, that provides detailed and user-friendly reporting and trending of your pest management requirements, which saves time and stress. It provides real-time information 24/7 so you can rest assured that your premises are getting the best protection.