November

26

2013

 
Stored Product Pests In Food Manufacturing Facilities

Keep your facility protected against an infestation of stored product pests.

Restaurant pest control programs as well as pest management programs in food processing facilities and warehouses can be a challenge, especially if you try to go into it alone. But if you live in Seattle, Portland or Salt Lake City and other locations throughout our service area, you don’t have to face managing pest control in your business on your own! The professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions offer effective commercial pest control services that encompasses many aspects of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to keep all the pests that prefer commercial establishments at bay. One particular pest that can cause problems for business owners is the stored product pest, also known as pantry pests. These pests include Indian meal moths, cigarette beetles, confused flour beetles, drugstore beetles, red flour beetles, grain weevils and saw-toothed grain beetles, among many others.

In a commercial environment, pantry pests are known to be found in most dried food products, including rice, cornmeal, flour, baking mixes, pet food, granola, bird food, and etc. They can damage food products and make it unfit for human consumption, costing your facility a great deal of money. To prevent an infestation of pantry pests in your commercial facility, the Seattle pest control professionals at Sprague have a few pest prevention tips to offer:

  • Always examine products before they enter your facility. Look for signs of stored product pests that may be present.

  • Always make sure that stock is rotated so that oldest product is used first; immediately remove any products that are out of date.

  • If you recognize a product is infested, immediately remove it from the premises.

  • Clean up dry product spills as soon as they occur.

  • Keep food products on pallets that are more than 18 inches away from the wall.

  • Keep your facility well-maintained to reduce possible pest entry points.

  • Eliminate possible moist environments by providing adequate ventilation, especially in food storage areas.

Following these prevention tips along with a dedicated sanitation program and a partnership with a pest control company can help eliminate pantry pests and other possible pest concerns in your business. Our professionals offer the BrandSmart Pest™ Advantage, which delivers a power combination of pest prevention, brand protection and environmental stewardship to benefit your commercial environment. Our solutions offer long-term protection against risk; we know that this approach works better than traditional IPM programs which are reactive in nature. Our BrandSmart Pest™ program offers a proactive strategy to modify the factors present in your facility that allow pests to exist in the first place.

For more information on the commercial pest control solutions and partnerships offered in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Portland and throughout our large service area, please contact the professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions today!