Sprague Pest Solutions News

Winter: The Season of the Rodent

January

23

2015

Winter’s colder temperatures, rain and snow not only make the longing for the spring greater but they also “motivate” rodents to seek new harborage locations inside commercial facilities. Why do rats and mice – who enjoy living in sewers and garbage dumpsters – seek better accommodations in the winter? The answer is simple: winter can deplete a rodent’s food…

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Tags: winter  |  rodents  |  Commercial Rodent Management  |  rodent exclusion  |  Commercial facilities

Case Study: How Not To Do Rodent Control

January

23

2015

What would you think of a pest management program that featured rodenticide baits placed on plastic plates next to stored food and rodent feces in food storage coolers? Probably not much and neither would a third-party auditor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently cited a company that distributes products to Asian restaurants on the East Coast and Midwest for numerous violations where…

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Tags: rodent control  |  FDA  |  Case Study  |  Commercial Pest Contron

A New Year Brings New Pests

January

23

2015

Each year dozens of invasive pest species are introduced across the United States. While some pose a greater degree of threat than others, all qualify as nuisances, especially for commercial food processing facilities. The Sprague Pest Experts caught up with Dr. Jim Fredericks, the chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Pest Management…

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Tags: stink bugs  |  Pacific Northwest  |  2015  |  new pests  |  marmorated stink bug

GFSI Takes Center Stage In 2015

December

16

2014

When it comes to predicting the pest management trends that will impact commercial clients most significantly in 2015, the Sprague Pest Experts’ crystal ball zeroes in on one thing in particular – food safety. The spotlight has shined brightly on food safety with the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative redefining auditing standards for food processing…

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Tags: insect light traps  |  FSMA  |  food processors  |  GFSI  |  food safety modernization act  |  grain elevator operators  |  auditor