October

29

2012

Halloween at Sprague Pest Solutions is a busy time. Aside from carving jack-o-lanterns and enjoying a selection of tasty chocolate and other sweet treats, we are busy making sure pests don’t pull any “tricks” on our customers.

Think of all the candy the estimated 36.4 million little ghouls and goblins (and some adult ones as well!) in the United States collect annually on the night of October 31 in pillow cases, plastic pumpkin heads or extremely large pockets!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, consumers buy an estimated $2 billion of the $19 billion of candy sold annually in the United States, from the nation’s nearly 1,800 or so candy makers, at Halloween.

What candy is most in demand with trick or treaters? The hands-down winner is chocolate with a whopping 90 million pounds sold (600 million pounds of candy is sold annually during Halloween) during the week of Halloween alone.

The tasty ingredients that go into your favorite chocolate bar or candy snacks are also very inviting to pests. Each year millions of tons of sugar, flour, nuts, milk, grain, and flavoring ingredients are transported from food processing and storage facilities to manufacturing plants where they are transformed into the tasty treats that line the shelves of food stores at Halloween, Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

These ingredients are at risk from various pest hobgoblins throughout the food processing, transportation and manufacturing cycle. Pests are easily transported from facility to facility within the raw materials or in packaging materials. Ever wonder how mice can appear even in the most secure food manufacturing facility? Nine times out of 10, they hitched a ride in an incoming shipment.

These pests pose a serious threat to the integrity of the ingredients, and ultimately the safe consumption by consumers. Common food industry pests include rodents, stored product pests (i.e. beetles), cockroaches, ants and even birds.

Aside from destroying and ruining food and raw ingredients, these well-known spoilers can carry harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that can make people seriously ill if they consume tainted food.

Protecting the nation’s food supply is one of the cornerstones of the professional pest management industry, and a job Sprague Pest Solutions takes seriously.

The Sprague Pest Experts are highly trained, and have access to the latest tools and integrated pest management techniques to protect food industry facilities from falling prey to the biggest trick of all – a dangerous pest infestation. We are also experts at conducting comprehensive food plant inspections and audits, and are well-versed with the latest government food safety regulations.

Sprague is always available to answer your questions on how best to prevent pests from helping themselves to food meant for your customers and consumers. Feel free to send us an e-mail at info@spraguepest.com with your comments or questions. We’ll be happy to get back with you with an answer.

Until we chat again, remember Sprague is your solution for pests.

Sincerely,

The Sprague Pest Experts