September

14

2011

An article published on FoodProcessing.com outlined a few changes to rules regarding pests in the coming months.
  • Caulk, seal or otherwise repair gaps, cracks, crevices, flashings and all holes and gaps everywhere -- including screens, filters, door sweeps, utility penetrations, drop-ceilings, equipment mezzanines, dock plates, door thresholds … the list goes on.
  • Look beyond the production floor. Don't overlook sanitation in break areas and waste disposal areas; here, too, prevention is a lot simpler than chemical remediation and the risk of lost production time.
  • Attend to landscaping by trimming bushes and maintaining a foot-wide gravel perimeter around the building with the appropriate rodent trapping stations.
  • Watch declining temperatures and talk to agricultural neighbors ready to harvest, cut or burn fields, which can chase rodents to your doorstep.