Archives - January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Be on guard: Rodent Awareness Week

November

24

2014

The Sprague Pest Experts recently celebrated National Rodent Awareness Week and the timing couldn’t have been more appropriate as a recent national survey revealed that 45% of rodent infestations take place in the fall and winter.

The first step to any successful rodent management program is denying rodents access to your facility. What are the key elements of an effective rodent exclusion program? Let the Sprague Pest Experts fill you in.

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Tags: rodent  |  rodent exclusion  |  rodent management  |  infestations

Food-borne illnesses: The gift no one wants to receive

November

24

2014

The holidays are all about giving and sharing; the giving of gifts, the sharing of goodwill and above all the sharing of good times with family and friends. There is, however, one gift no one wants to receive during the holiday season – the gift of a food-borne illness.

Food-borne illnesses stemming from E. coli, salmonella and listeria (and often transmitted by pests) strike roughly 48 million people every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That translates to one in six persons in this country becoming ill from contaminated food.

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Tags: food borne illness  |  food preparation  |  sanitation  |  food safety

Clean as a whistle: Pest management in clean rooms

November

24

2014

Performing pest management services in a “clean room” environment requires strict adherence to guidelines and protocols that permit the facility’s highly-restrictive air quality standards to remain intact. “Clean rooms” can be found in a variety of places including university and institutional research laboratories, medical device or pharmaceutical research or production facilities, aerospace manufacturing facilities, and bio-technology research facilities.

Regardless of the industry, clean rooms need to remain “clean” and pest-free to maintain the integrity of the research or product production taking place inside.

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Tags: clean rooms  |  university  |  research laboratories  |  production  |  aerospace  |  bio-technology

Winterizing your facility for pests

November

24

2014

Dropping temperatures and shorter days are sure signs that winter is not far off and it is time for commercial pest management clients to prepare their facilities for the pest “offseason,” not that pests truly ever take a season completely off!

Kolbin Bertilson, service center manager for Sprague Pest Solutions in Denver, Colorado, says taking the time to prepare your facility to keep pests out this winter will pay dividends in the spring when flowers and pests swing into full bloom.

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Tags: food processing  |  rodents  |  overwintering pests  |  flies  |  birds  |  flying insects

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