Pest control is necessary since pests may be both a nuisance and a health hazard. They can attack and contaminate human food, inflict damage to your property’s structure (such as electric lines), and spread various diseases and hazardous bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Regardless of how successful your business is, if you don’t focus on food safety training, an insect or rodent will pose a threat at some point.
The presence of pests near human and animal waste, human food, and the environment raises the potential for them to act as disease vectors and facilitate cross-contamination. Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacter, and Listeria are among the pathogens they can pick up and later excrete or spread.
In general, pests are prevented by good hygiene, orderly housekeeping, and efficient insect exclusion. Barring pests from your premises is the best way to deal with them. Even if you don’t have a current pest problem, you should take precautions to prevent pests from entering your food processing unit. The two basic measures in avoiding food poisoning are reducing the attraction and the restriction of access.
We can’t overlook the necessity of food safety training for pest management.
In addition to preventing pests, knowing the indicators of pests is essential for determining whether or not you have a pest problem. Three common pests and signs of an infestation are listed below:
Casings for eggs (small shells that are black, brown, or dark red)
Droppings that resemble black pepper granules in size and shape
Orders with a lot of oil
Seeing flies in your establishment regularly
Seeing a significant number of flies in the vicinity of garbage cans or waste containers
Seeing a few flies now and again does not necessarily mean you have an infestation.
Black droppings of a small size
Ammonia odor is really strong (rodent urine)
Materials such as lint and cotton are used to make nests.
If you encounter a pest or see signs of a pest infestation, you should contact a pest control operator (PCO). Notify your PCO of the time, date, and location of the sighting or pest problem indications. Your PCO’s visit will be more effective if you offer them as much information as possible. If treatment is required in your facility, be sure your PCO has the necessary instruments, such as certified insecticides, to keep your food and equipment safe.
You and your employees will maintain a healthy, safe working environment if you learn how to keep pests out, watch and monitor for pest infestation indications, and know what to do if you feel you have a problem.
Contact Sustainability Leaders Group to learn more about controlling rodents and pests or to obtain access to pest control-specific food safety training in Saudi Arabia.