Pests are a serious problem; from birds to insects, to rodents, pest infestations are common occurrences in both residential homes and commercial properties but are often overlooked in food safety planning procedures. Establishing an effective process for pest control is key, not only to ensure that your business isn’t penalised or even shut down by the Food Standards Agency, but also to look after the health of your family, friends, and customers. In today’s blog, Enviropest reviews the necessity for pest control and prevention as a means of optimum food safety:
Why Is Pest Control Important for Food Safety?
Pests are carriers of disease, dirt, and germs, and all of this dangerous bacteria can be easily transferred to your food via several different means; first and foremost, immediate contamination can occur when pest faeces and urine are left on surfaces and exposed food. Furthermore, pests will deposit spoiled food in hidden corners, leaving it to rot and causing nasty fumes and odours to permeate through the air conditioning system. Add in the cost of having to repeatedly replace spoiled food and you have a dangerous and expensive food safety problem.
How Can I Remove Pests?
Many people will attempt to remove pest themselves, however, this does not always accommodate for the full extent of the issue or deal with the root cause of the problem. If you are at all suspicious that you have an infestation, call in a pest control team. The professional team at Enviropest are experts in residential and commercial pest control and will eradicate unwelcome visitor problems quickly and efficiently.
How Can I Prevent Further Infestations?
There are a number of different ways that you can minimise the risk of pest infestation and improve food safety practices. Conduct regular inspections of your building for cracks and holes in the walls and around doors and windows, and arrange repairs as soon as you notice potential entryways for pests – even the smallest spaces provide opportunity. Moreover, you should clean all surfaces and cooking utensils after food preparation, carrying out a thorough, deep clean of the kitchen and any food storage areas at least once a week. Empty bins frequently, try and keep meals and ingredients stored away in cupboards or the fridge where possible, and always ensure exposed food is covered, for example, use a food cover for fruit bowls.
If you have a pest problem or are concerned about food safety, contact the knowledgeable team at Enviropest today. We can implement effective preventative procedures to ensure that your commercial or residential property is safe and pest-free. To find out more, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0121 693 6616 or complete our online form.