Even if you’ve exhausted all other options and are left with chemical treatments, you can target pests with precise, location-suitable treatment rather than a general application throughout your facility. Non-volatile gel baits can be applied directly to cracks and crevices, where pests feed on them and take them back to the colony. Unlike sprays, gel formulations will not become airborne, so they can’t be inhaled or contaminate sterile surfaces. Bait pucks and containerized baits can be used in damp, dark areas.
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As always, work with your staff on all of these strategies to make sure that they play an active role in pest management; your service provider should also be able to provide training.
Work with the provider to create a documenting system. This is important for each food safety audit, so keep a logbook on site that track data such as visits from your pest management professional, pest sightings, types of traps used, and more.
Follow these IPM guidelines, and you can see your audit scores—and even your bottom line—improve.
Dr. Zia Siddiqi is director of quality systems for Orkin. A board-certified entomologist with more than 30 years in the industry, Dr. Siddiqi is an acknowledged leader in the field of pest management. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.orkincommercial.com.