Sprague Essentials – Inspect Incoming Shipments

Food processing, distribution, storage and service operations are more vital than ever right now. Enhanced cleaning, sanitation and disinfection protocols are the new norm, but it is important to maintain vigilance in preventing food-borne illnesses caused by pests as well. Pest pressures from rodents, cockroaches, flies, stored product pests and other pests will not cease during these uncertain times. That is why it is critical to stay on top of your facility’s pest prevention and management programs.

Sprague Pest Solutions is committed to providing its clients with the innovative and IPM-based solutions it has advocated for decades and delivering those solutions with the safety of its employees and clients in mind. Here are the Sprague Essentials – helpful tips for maintaining  effective pest management programs in this new era of food safety.

Inspect Incoming Shipments

The most common way for pests to gain access to a facility is inside incoming shipments of processed and unprocessed food and packaging. Close inspections of pallets and shipping containers on the loading dock before they are accepted is vital to keep pests out. Do not hesitate to reject an incoming shipment if you see signs or evidence of pests (i.e. droppings, gnaw marks, broken packaging, etc.).

Sprague Pest Solutions provides preventive and remedial pest management and food safety consulting services to leading food processing, agriculture, healthcare, and hospitality and distribution facilities across the Western U.S. The company operates service centers in seven states including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and California. Call 855.805.0755 to find out how Sprague can better protect your facility, products, employees and customers from pests.


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