Autumn Pests To Look Out For

As the weather starts to turn cooler, many pests will look for places to get out of the cold. If you run any kind of commercial business that deals with food, either storing, preparing or serving, it’s essential that you know what autumn pests you may encounter. Knowing how to prevent a pest infestation is key to keeping your property compliant with hygiene regulations.

Rats and Mice

Rodents will naturally gravitate to buildings at this time of year as they seek warmth and food. They are attracted to foodstuffs, smells of cooking, stored food and waste food are all likely to get their attention. Checking your property regularly for possible entry points is a good idea, as you may also spot signs of activity such as droppings and teeth marks. Keep any outside waste bins securely covered up to prevent rodents from accessing them, and make sure any spills are cleaned up straight away. If any bins are damaged, replace them as quickly as possible. Inside your premises, the same rules apply; check for access points that may not be visible from the outside, keep food securely stored, and clean up any spills immediately.

Ants

At this time of year ants will be starting to stockpile food for the winter, so will seek out easy places to get food. Entry points are more difficult to spot due to their size, but there will usually be a pile of dirt where they have excavated a tunnel. They work as a team so if ants have invaded your property you will invariably see a line of ants going to and from the food source. As with rodents, keeps food secured and keep your premises spotlessly clean. Use disinfectant as the smell will deter ants from entering the building.

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Flies

No-one wants a fly infestation to affect their business as the repercussions can be far-reaching. Closure, loss of revenue and the effect it can have on your reputation can be disastrous to food-related businesses. To prevent flies from entering your property cleanliness is the key. Flies are attracted to warmth and food and can breed very fast, so putting preventative measures in place really does pay dividends.

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How can we help

In the unfortunate event that you find yourself with a pest infestation speed is key, so get in touch immediately. Our highly-trained staff will visit your premises to identify the scale of the problem and will work with you to create a tailored plan to deal with the pests. We are audit compliant and provide detailed reports at all stages of our work to ensure you are kept informed of the work carried out. We work with many large organisations and have years of experience so you can rest assured that with Shield you are in safe hands.

Ongoing preventative treatment

Once your pest problem is cleared up we offer a regular plan to keep you pest-free. This includes regular visits to carry out risk assessments, check on housekeeping and identify any possible issues that could lead to a recurrence of pest infestations. Our reporting tool, ShieldNet, means all parties are kept updated on visits and actions carried out or required.

Contact us today

Don’t leave it until you have a pest problem, get in touch today to see how Shield can help you stay compliant. Don’t risk your reputation or your business, call us on 01757 212727 or email sales@shieldpest.co.uk

Summer Pests in Commercial Food businesses

With summer in full swing, it’s essential to keep on top of your hygiene routines, no matter how overworked or short-staffed you are.

Summer is the prime season for pests invading food preparation and serving premises; factories, warehouses, cafes & restaurants, hotels, deli’s and even supermarkets and hospitals are all at risk from pest infestation and should be extra vigilant. Bacteria from pests can cause gastroenteritis from salmonella and listeria.

What pests to look out for

Pests, including ants, rats, cockroaches and pigeons, can all be found in food preparation, storing and serving establishments, so it’s important to know what the warning signs of an infestation are.

  • Rats – You will see droppings, teeth marks, scratches, an unpleasant odour and will most likely see footprints if they inhabit a dusty surface.
  • Ants – The most obvious sign is the actual insects themselves in their telltale line of workers. (They leave a trail of pheromones to help them get back to the food.)
  • Pigeons – Again, the most obvious sign is the pigeons taking up residence on roofs and ledges around your property, with the associated droppings and noise. They nest and cause damage to buildings as well as scavenge for food in bins.
  • Cockroaches – If you have a cockroach problem you will see droppings and may notice an oily, musty odour. You may also see egg cases in dark corners.

The risk to your business

The cost to your business of a pest invasion can be huge. Not only is there the risk of food contamination, and the associated loss of having to throw it away, but there is the loss of revenue when you sort out the problem.

Of course, the worst cost is the risk to your reputation if it becomes public knowledge that you’ve had an infestation. I’m sure you’ve all seen news articles about food businesses having to close because of pests, and with the rise of social media that can be fatal to any business.

So what can you do?

Call in an expert pest control company like Shield, who will take control and help eradicate the problem.

Our BPCA certified inspector will do a full audit of the property to determine the correct procedure, the will then decide on a treatment plan. You will be kept informed about costs at all times.

Once the treatment plan is agreed we will set to work, all work is recorded on our online reporting system ShieldNet, which you will be able to access, and if necessary use as proof to your insurance company or trading standards officers of work carried out.

Once the pests are dealt with we offer a maintenance package to prevent re-infestation, which includes regular inspections and training staff in basic pest control. We also offer a specialist cleaning service to remove all traces of pests and prevent their return.

Tips to prevent re-infestation

  • Keep work surfaces spotlessly clean
  • Sweep floors at least twice a day
  • Block access points
  • Ensure food is stored securely
  • Use antibacterial products, particularly where ants have laid a trail.

If you have any questions or need us to come and carry out an audit of your business get in touch today – Call 01757 212727 or email sales@shieldpest.co.uk

Keith

What to do if you spot pests

Professional, effective and compliant Pest Control from Shield Pest Management

Whether you manage a small kitchen, storage warehouse or major food manufacturing site, chances are you will encounter the need for pest management at some point. Whatever pests you come across, we have the expertise to eradicate them, prevent them from returning and help to keep you compliant.

Time is of the essence

If you suspect you have a pest issue, give Shield a call. We understand how important it is to keep your business free of pests and deal with any issues professionally, effectively and with the minimum of fuss. If you are an audited client, we provide the specialist knowledge you need through our fully compliant Integrated Pest Management service.

What pests to look out for

Mice and rats, flies and stored product insects are all major pests in the UK food production and preparation industry.  Ideally, you should have at least one member of staff who is familiar with pest management and knows the warning signs of an infestation. If not, we offer training in basic pest awareness that covers subjects like types of pest, legislation, prevention and how we control pests.

Affects of pest infestation

The impact on any business affected by a pest infestation can be huge; from loss of reputation to failed audits, non-compliance and financial loss.

Pests can damage property, infest stock and produce and cause you to fall foul of food safety regulations risking improvement notices and even prosecution. 

So what can you do…

Call in the real experts! Shield Pest Management is a local, family run business with many years’ experience working in the commercial pest sector. All of our staff are highly trained in the latest techniques and products and our fully qualified technicians and field biologists will ensure that your business remains pest free. Our Integrated Pest Management approach provides an environmentally aware service that protects every aspect of your operation whilst offering compliance to BRC, Soil Association, M&S and many more. Our reports are prepared in great detail, using either paper-based folders or our unique site-tailored online tool providing peace of mind that your operation is protected.

Keeping pest free

Our web-based service tracker constantly analysis our service so we never miss a visit or a call-out. All aspects of our visits are recorded in detail with relevant photographs including our findings, recommendations, actions taken, products used and preventative measures put in place. We offer regular site reviews and strive to be your trusted pest control partner.

Interested? Then contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.

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