There is no place for pests in the food and beverage industry. Apart from being detrimental to the reputation of the company, pest activity can also result in prosecution and even closure of the facility.
But due to a combination of multiple factors, many of which are extremely difficult to control, pests can find a way even to breach into the most secure facility.
Hence, pest control companies have devised newer scientific methods to curb the entry of pests into such facilities. The onus is on implementing an integrated plan that prevents pest infestations and also works on implementing fast solutions, if an infestation is detected.
This provides facility managers as well as SMBs in the food and manufacturing industry, the much needed assurance that their facilities are safe from pest invasions, allowing them to focus on their business goals.
The Type of Pests
A variety of pest species are attracted to food and beverage processing units. But the most commonly encountered species are:
- Rodents: Tackling rodent infestations is a major challenge for food processing units because apart from contaminating food with pathogens, rodents can also chew through wiring, insulation, paper and other materials. There are instances of fires and short circuits caused due to rodent activity which causes unwanted expenses.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are one of the first pests to be attracted to food sources and they can easily multiply in the right environment. This makes their infestations trickier to control. Roaches can transmit a wide range of diseases including Salmonella, Dysentery and Cholera.
- Flies: Flies are now known to transmit even anti-biotic resistant bacteria and can be a major source of contamination in food processing units. Most pest control companies in Toronto offer specialized fly control programs that help to prevent flies from entering the facility.
- Ants: Ants are attracted for stored food products and are almost impossible to detect until they start to nest in the facility. Ant colonies numbering millions have been found in facilities that store food products.
Specialized Pest Control
Each facility presents special challenges and demands a tailored pest control solution that considers the type of threat (pest species), the food processing technique (chilled or ambient) and the type of ingredients being used in the manufacturing.
Another challenge is to control the movement of the finished products from the manufacturing unit to the storage facility without being contaminated or exposed to pests.
Most bug removal companies that specialize in industrial pest control work on three main principles.
- Real time detection
Preventive pest control methods are the most effective since they create a cordon of barriers which make it extremely difficult for the pests to breach. However, if the facility receives a lot of traffic every day, then stringent cleanliness and compliance standards also need to be created for it to be effective.
Real time detection helps to detect the breach of any facility by a pest species. Early detection can help reduce expenses and also help to remove the species completely before it multiplies.
Elimination does not necessarily mean the use of pesticides. Many non-toxic methods to eliminate pests from industrial units have now been created by pest removal companies in Toronto.