Preventive Commercial Pest Control Stored Product Pests
Commercial food storage businesses need to make sure that their stored products are in a suitable environment so that stored product pests do not have an ideal breeding ground.
Stored product pests can cause extensive damage and product loss by contaminating stored food products by scurrying along the products, urine and faecal matter.
Stored product pests are put into two categories, primary and secondary feeders and can reproduce in large numbers to cause an infestation of stored product pests.
There are a variety of different types of pests that can infest stored products such as the following:
Broadhorned flour beetles
Saw tooth grain beetles
Merchant grain beetles
Mediterranean flour moth
Indian meal moth
Lesser grain beetle
Coffee been weevils
Confused flour beetles
Drug store beetles
Flat grain beetles
Australian spider beetle
Here at Redline Pest Control we go to great lengths to understand the biology and life cycle of each pests, we investigate what their breeding conditions are like to their behaviour when infesting stored product pests. We go to great lengths to have knowledge on each and every pests. (even when a new species pops up we will make sure that we learn all about it)
Foods That Stored Product Pests Feed On
Stored product pests can easily infest any organic products, as well as dried and preserved foods, including the following:
Signs That You Have a Stored Food Pest Infestation
Some of the common signs of stored product pest infestations can include the following:
Holes in packaging for your stored food
Cocoons in packaging or on walls
Dead or alive pests
Moths flying around
Larvae crawling around
How to Prevent Stored Food Pest Infestations
Below are some steps that will help you prevent an infestation of stored product pests and by carrying out the following can help reduce an infestation of stored food product pests.
When stored food products come into your home or business it is crucial to inspect all packaging for webbing, moths and larvae
Any stored food products that is contaminated throw them out straight away
Temperature plays a big role in stored food product pests, if possible, try storing your stored food products at or below 16C to avoid an infestation of stored product pests
Food hygiene is a must as it helps reduce the infestation of stored product pests
All stored products should be kept off the ground and away from walls
Cleaning regime must be implemented to avoid an infestation of stored product pests
Install monitoring devices such as traps and lures which have pheromones that attract stored product pests
Install light traps which zap the stored product pests
When stored products come to your home or business pop them in the freezer for a few hours, this will kill and moths, eggs, larvae
Check shelving units and storage bins for evidence of stored product pests
Cracks and crevices in machinery can harbour stored food product pests
What does your childcare centre say about your reputation?
A childcare centre is required to sustain a pest-free environment for the children in it has in its care.
Unfortunately, common pest such as cockroaches, rodents and ants often find their way inside and can contaminate toys, utensils, and other items in and around your childcare.
Pest control in the childcare industry is very important and must be carried out according to the food standards code set out by the NSW Food Authority. The food standard code requires all businesses that provides food is to take all practicable measures to the following:
Prevent all pest from entering the food premises
Prevent and eradicate all pests and their harbourage spots in a food premise
Sealing all entry points such as holes, gaps, cracks, and crevices
Installation of flyscreens to prevent flying pests
Installation of weather strips at base of each door
Doors closed when not in use
Have mini inspections on the childcare facility to prevent pests
Removal of any unwanted fixture, furniture, boxes, and any other items that you don’t need
Each day have a cleaning routine set in place such as removal of all rubbish, counter tops wiped over, floors swept and mopped
Storing food in airtight containers and away from the floor
Where do pest like to hide in your childcare facility?
Behind and under all electrical appliances
Under sinks and basins
Bathroom, kitchen, and laundry areas as it is humid and moist
Food packaging, boxes and other storage containers that are not sealed
Cracks and crevices
Risk that are associated with pests entering your childcare facility?
Children can get very sick or die from contamination from urine/faeces and diseases that pests may carry
Loss of income due to an outbreak of pests and contamination
Loss of reputation due to an outbreak of pests and contamination
Bad reviews on your business from parents who have seen pests or child has become sick from pest and their diseases
Fines from local and state councils
Your business could be shut down due to you not preventing and maintaining a pest-free environment
You go on the name and shame website which the public has access too
Integrated Pest Management?
Here at Redline Pest Control we follow five basic rules to prevent and eradicate any pest in your childcare facility.
Inspection – A technician from Redline Pest Control will go in and around your childcare facility and inspect all areas even those areas which have no issues with pests
Identification – Redline Pest Control will identify any pest which are in or around your premises
Threshold of pest – Redline Pest Control technicians will determine the threshold level of pests which are residing in your childcare facility
Control measures – To control and manage all levels if infestations of pests which are in your childcare facility
Evaluation – Redline Pest Control Technicians will evaluate the effectiveness of each service which is carried out and will eliminate any pests in your childcare facility