Generally, pests like rodents and cockroaches are attracted to food establishments because they have everything that the pests need from food to water and shelter. Rodents and cockroaches are carriers of bacteria and viruses and food establishments require regular business exterminator services to ensure food safety and health.
Pests are most active at night and if you see a cockroach during the daytime, it means that there is an infestation. The most common hiding places of rodents and cockroaches are under electrical, heating and cooking appliances, under washing facilities, inside boxes, packaging materials and food storage containers, inside wall cavities, cracks and crevices and unused equipment.
Food Safety and Health Standards require food establishments to take all practical measures to prevent pests from entering the premises. Pests must be eradicated completely by maintaining the sanitation and the cleanliness of the food premises and equipment. All food must be kept in sealed containers.
All holes, gaps and cracks in the wall or ceiling must be sealed. Flyscreens must be installed and maintained on windows and doors. Doors must always be kept closed when not in use. It is also important to undertake regular inspections for signs of pests.
While the use of a licensed exterminator is not a legal requirement it is a practical measure to prevent and eradicate pests inside the premises. However, the licensed pest control provider must provide a list of pests and the areas that need treatment including the frequency of treatments. There must be written reports on the treatments undertaken including pest activities, chemicals used in extermination and suggestions provided to the owner
If chemicals or baits are used in pest control, they must be approved for use in food establishments and do not contaminate food and surfaces. Pest control providers must always clarify the work that needs to be done and what timeframe.
As soon as the business exterminator services identify a pest control issue, they will design an appropriate action plan to rectify the problem. Different pest control treatments may be initiated to ensure that the establishment is free from any kind of pests. Preventive measures will be recommended to control the pest problem and prevent it from recurring.