Merely calling the pest control company to take care of a sudden infestation might only solve the problem in the interim, while adding to one’s monthly pest bill. There is no guarantee that the same or similar problem will not crop up again. Call-backs have always been lucrative for pest control companies. Daily in-house preventive measures that are performed, documented and verified by plant personnel will help to ensure pest control order is being achieved on a daily basis while contemporaneously precluding possible cross-contamination, possible down time and call-back monies.
Contracted pest control services should only be perceived by plant management as being an essential component of a plants’ overall pest control management program. By utilizing copies of the pest control company’s bait maps, the daily monitoring of both interior and exterior areas of the facility by a responsible plant employee can be accomplished and documented. By assigning daily pest inspections, beginning from the plant’s outer demarcation property line to the plants interior buildings, can company’s detect early signs of invasion and quickly put into place remedial and preventive actions.
Successful battles against pests can be accomplished with a variety of environmental friendly and purely holistic deterrent measures that can be carried out safely by the processing company itself. The following is a suggestive check list that companies can utilize as part of their pest control management program for abating pests:
- Replacing worn non-toxic glueboards/ strips for both terrain and air invading pests that are chemically safe. These can serve as visual semaphores of any looming pest activities for both inside and outside buildings. Over time, documentation of invading pests can be gathered to form a “seasonal trend analysis” that can be referenced to in battling against harbinger pests.
- Clearing of brush, weeds, tree appendages and dissimilar flora from direct contact with buildings. Ideally a clearance of at least 12 feet from all building structures from foliage is ideal.
- Daily hosing of sidewalks, exterior employee break areas, including parking lots, will expunge any residual excreted pheromones and other attractants including the pest scouts themselves.
- Placing of trash and recycling containers down wind and away from buildings. Exterior trash barrels lined with plastic and changed out every day.
- All exterior storage of material oddments (wooden pallets, maintenance materials, etc.) placed on racks or dissimilar objects will enable storage of at least six inches up off the ground.
- Placing of nighttime lighting fixtures (yellow vapor lighting) away from the building, thus naturally coaxing nocturnal pests away from buildings.
- Weekly employee locker inspections supplemented by company policies that prohibit the storage of food and beverages in lockers.
- Providing refrigerators for employee storage of foods and beverages.
- Consistent and preventive good house keeping practices commingled with sound infrastructure maintenance protocols (i.e.; shoring up entry areas of the plant such as door jams, windows, vents, dock doors, etc.) will limit most pest infiltrations.
Pest control companies serve a significant role as the “lead stewards” in battling unwanted pests while concomitantly consulting plant management with pragmatic pest abatement tutelage. However, processing establishments ultimately possess the day to day responsibility and accountability with regards to controlling unwanted pests.