Sprague Essentials – Properly Store and Deep Clean Equipment

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 and food safety programs.

Properly Store and Deep Clean Equipment

Deep cleaning food processing equipment that is being stored during non-production times is an often-overlooked step in sanitation protocols. While most food processing plants are up and running during the COVID-19 pandemic, if your plant is on temporary shut down or has changed production cycles, now is a good time to properly deep clean your plant’s equipment.


Most pests will take harborage about anywhere they can find shelter. If you keep equipment, crates and pallets, etc. unprotected outdoors, you not only attract pests seeking shelter, but you risk the chance of bringing those pests into the facility when the equipment is brought back inside to be used.

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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