As a business owner we all know the stress that comes with owing a business.
The last thing that is on our minds after a 15 hour day is pest and the havoc that they can cause.
In an ideal world we would love for pests to disappear rather than multiply.
What is our responsibility when it comes to pest control in a food premises?
As soon as you see any pest in your food business you must always contact a trusted pest controller who will provide you with not only a pest service which eliminates pest but also provides an appropriate pest management program.
It is by Australian standards that anyone in the food sector is to not only be trained in safe food handling but also must be on a pest management program which controls the threshold level of pests that enter your premises.
So you have this beautiful restaurant with beautiful food in a great part town but one thing is lurking over your head. The dreaded rat runs over your customers table with a loud screech there is sudden uproar in your restaurant with customers all scrambling around in panic.
Not only are you going to suffer from income loss from customers not dining at your restaurant but you could potentially unintentionally poison your customers from the faeces and urine that rats and cockroaches leave behind.
These days the council is pretty much going to each and every food premises often surprising food business owners with inspections for pest and cleanliness. If you are one of these food premises you could leave yourself wide open for hefty fines, prosecution and being place on the NSW Food Authority Website where everyone has access to see anyone who has been fined.
Food operators must also know that going with the cheapest quote will not always mean that your pest issues will be handled correctly and efficiently.
We all love getting with our friends sharing laughs while we dine at our favourite places to eat whether it is the local restaurant, pub, take away that swanky upmarket bar.
Do we really know what is lurking behind the doors of these places that we frequent?
Are you a business owner and finding it difficult to gain control over pest which are lurking around like they own the joint?
Redline Pest Control deals with all pests regardless if they are big or small and will find a solution which is suited to the needs of your food premises.
What sets Redline Pest Control apart from other pest control companies?
Redline Pest Control uses the Integrated Pest Management.
What is the Integrated Pest Management?
The Integrated Pest Management is a system that Redline Pest Control uses in order to carry out and maintain a pest free business.
The Integrated Pest Management method consists of 5 basic steps that each technician will carry out at your appointment and they are:
Inspection – A thorough inspection of your business premises will be conducted even in those areas which don’t have any pest issues.
Identification – Will correctly identify any pests which are lurking around in your business.
Threshold Levels – To establish the threshold levels of all pests which are in your business.
Control Measures – To control and manage all pests which are in your business.
Evaluation – Each technician will evaluate the effectiveness of our service which we have applied to your business to make sure that we have eradicated and eliminate all pests which are in your business.
So let’s take a minute to talk about what can happen if you do not have any pest maintenance programs in place.
I have a client who has a chain of restaurants who thought he could tackle a cockroach and rodent problem on his own. He would place baits and spray the restaurants before he closed for the night just using everyday fly spray that you get over the counter at your local grocery shop.
While at first that may of provided temporary relief it wasn’t getting rid of the pest issue.
It wasn’t until the council came into one of his restaurants and fined him for fail to take practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests that he realised that he needed help in eradicating the rodents and cockroaches.
It is vital for anyone who has a food business to always have a pest management service in place and to always maintain that pest maintenance service to avoid pest from entering your food business.
Other than copping a fine from the council what else can go wrong if pest are not eradicated?
You definitely don’t want your customers to fall sick or die eating your food. Yes, I know you are probably thinking she is so dramatic as if anyone is going to get sick or die from eating our food but trust me it does happen.
With pest comes diseases and with diseases comes sickness and in some cases death.
Cockroaches, rodents and other pest will always contaminate food, prepping stations, utensils, pots and pans by running over it or soiling it with their waste.
Once being fined from the council they will give your company details to the NSW Food Authority and they will then place your details on their name and shame section on their website.
You’re on the name and shame so what, what could go wrong? Its only a website. Nobody checks it.
Well you are wrong, many people have subscribed to the name and shame and will check it to see if their favourite restaurant is listed on there for any issues before heading out.
Once being placed on the register every potential customer will be able to see what it is exactly that you have been fined for and when you were fined.
Loss of reputation could ruin your business.
Word of mouth resulting in a loss of business resulting in you closing your doors for good.
Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!
Do you have pests in your commercial business whether you have a business in the food industry or maybe a warehouse with your stock is being eaten or has bird issues?
When it comes to pest in your commercial business whether they are cockroaches, birds, rodents or other pests it is important to make sure that you get on to the issue quickly as these pest can cause havoc and bring diseases to your products and can affect not only your employees but also your future customers.
These days with the internet being handy on our phones it is easy for potential customers to do a quick Google search to see if your company has bad reviews or pest issues.
With the Australian Food Authority now having the name and shame section on their website it is making it more difficult for food industry companies to hide their pest issues from the public.
Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!
Customise a pest service which suits your environment and pest threshold
Remind you when your pest service is due
Each treatment which is carried out will be done a professional manner
Use chemicals with low toxicity with non-toxic techniques and procedures
Inspect your premises before a treatment begins
Identify any pest and will advise you of any pest which the technician has seen
Provide you with a service report for any future inspections done by the council
What are somethings you can do around your commercial business that will help eliminate pest? Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!
Removing all rubbish at the end of trading hours
Wiping down all counter tops, equipment, microwaves, fridges/freezers and stoves/ovens
Soap dispensers, first aid kits and cash registers much also be wiped down regularly
Loading areas must also be cleaned and boxes and rubbish removed
Put all food in appropriate places as in airtight containers and in fridges
Do mini inspections on your premises regularly so you can see the threshold of pest which is lurking in or around your premises
Clean the drains regularly
Make sure that you clean every crack and crevices
Mop the floors
Throw out scraps of food and waste
Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!
Monday I had a frantic call from a concerned client saying there was an unusual amount of blow flies swarming in her home and she didn’t know where they were coming from.
I asked her the usual questions like can she smell something decaying, was there any meat left out, does she have pets as maybe it is the food that they might not of eaten, to check to see if there was any animals on her property that may of passed. Nothing I asked was occurring so I asked one of our technicians to do an emergency job to investigate why this customer has blow flies in her home.
John arrived at the client’s home in Parramatta and searched the lawns, subfloor, and interior and made his way up to the roof void where he instantly smelled a decaying matter. Upon further investigations of the roof void he had found dead rodents in the roof void.
John removed two dead rodents but was unable to get the third rodent as it had slipped into the wall cavity. John advised the customer that he was putting the odour eliminating bag in the roof void and that it will suck up any bad smells that was in the roof void.
Our client had used a different pest controller to do a rodent treatment and when she had tried to call that pest controller he no longer had his phone in service.
Usually when pest controllers bait for rodents they will use bait that has a thinning agent in it so it coagulates the blood stopping it from releasing a bad smell.
Unfortunately for our client the bait that was used was a stock standard bait that you could get from the local hardware house which doesn’t have this thinning agent in it.
Needless to say our client was so happy that the blow flies have since disappeared and that we have found the source of the issue.
We often get asked what separates Redline Pest Control from other pest control companies my answer to this is communication with our clients. Without communication we believe that we are unable to provide an honest service. Now I know when I am speaking with a client it may seem as though I am asking a lot of questions regarding their home and what pest they are seeing. This is so we can determine which is the best pest and termite service that is right for your home or business. Redline Pest Control doesn’t believe in charging our clients a service they don’t need.
Redline Pest Control will always find a solution to any problem which arises in your premises whether it be friendly advice over the phone, advice on how you could eliminate pest on your own or whether you need a treatment to get rid of the pest that is in your home or business.
Redline Pest Control will always provide before and after advice to our clients whether it be questions regarding the treatment that they had or tips on how our clients can keep pest away.
Why choose Redline Pest Control.
Redline Pest Control will always ask you questions before going around your premises and inspecting the threshold of pest or termites that is in your premises.
All technicians hired by Redline Pest Control will have up-to-date knowledge of both pest biology and how to use chemicals in a safe manner for not only our customers but also the environment.
Redline Pest Control promises to deliver a pest free environment for your premises whether it would be your commercial business home or investment property.
Redline Pest Control aims to set the highs industry standard for quality safety and customer service by educating our customers on the life cycle of a pest and what damage it can to your premises.
Redline Pest Control always provides an honest service while holding integrity and being professional at all times.
Redline Pest Control will send you a friendly reminder each year to advise you that it is that time of the year to have your termite inspection or pest treatment done.
Redline Pest Control will send you a link to your customer portal where it will have your service report and receipt so you will never have a paper trail again.
Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?
Have you seen pest like rats, cockroaches, ants or birds in your business?
What can you do to avoid a pest outbreak in your business?
Could your business survive if you were to have pest outbreak or being fined and put on the name and shame website?
In today’s society it is easy for potential customers to search if a business has been placed on the Food Authority’s Name and Shame registry therefore potentially losing you customers for a mistake that you could have avoided.
Pest controlis so vital in the food industry and anyone who owns a business has the duty of care to make sure that food hygiene and a pest free environment is in place at their business.
What are some steps you can do to make sure that your business is pest free?
Install flyscreens to windows and doors
Seal any gaps, holes and cracks and crevices in your building
Have an plan of action once your business closes for the day
Designate an employee to make sure that other employees pulling their weight when it comes to cleaning and keeping food safe at the end of each day
have regular training available for all of your employees so they are aware of the dos and don’ts when it comes to hygiene and pest management
Keep food in air tight containers and do not store food on the floor
Keep your garbage area neatly and always take the rubbish out at the end of each day
Have regular mini inspections, go around the premises and see if you can see any areas which are affected by pest or have pest droppings.
Being on a regular pest maintenance program with a pest control company who is licensed
When cleaning your business be sure to make sure that you get all fats and oils from those hard to reach places and that all bench tops, counters, floors etc are cleaned with the correct cleaning agent. For cups, plates and utensils make sure that they are sterilised in hot water and the correct detergent is placed in the dishwasher.
It is very easy for an outbreak of pest to occur without you realising. Say for instance German cockroaches you see them at night time and depending of the infestation you could very well see them in the day as they are spilling from their harbourage spots. For every female German cockroach you have they have the potential to breed hundreds before you even realise that you have an issue. Female German cockroaches breed every 5 to 6 weeks and once their egg capsule hatches between 40 to 50 baby cockroaches will be running around. Their lifecycle can be hard to eradicate if the outbreak is quite high. Usually you will need to be put on a maintenance program by having an initial service then a follow up service 6 weeks later then depending on the conditions of your business you have services every 6 weeks to 3 months to maintain a pest free environment.