Food Processing Establishment

Our firm Pest Terminators, Inc. controls and eliminates all primary pests found in industrial and institutional sites. Pest are categorized into  insects and rodents. Moreover, Birds can also be pests. This category does not cover pests in ornamental and turf sites or wood‐destroying pests. Both industrial and institutional settings have similar sites. For example, most hospitals, rest homes and schools have kitchens and offices. So, many industrial and institutional pest control practices overlap.  Industrial and Institutional Pest Control, covers pests in grain elevators, warehouses, hotels, casinos, food establishments, stores, offices, operational sites, schools, rest homes, homes and hospitals. Institutional sites include: School, Hospitals and Rest Homes. Good sanitation and cleanliness are the keys to control and management of pests in industrial and institutional sites.

In order to provide the most effective pest control plan, Pest Terminators, Inc. include more than one control strategy or method. Pest Terminators, Inc. uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques and control strategies that have applications in Industrial and Institutional Pest Control. They are as follows:

Prevention: Prevention is an essential management practice that includes sanitation and exclusion. Insects and rodents must have food water and shelter to survive. Remove one or preferably all of these and pest problems will be significantly reduced.

Food: Clean food preparation areas, classrooms, and other problem sites frequently to greatly reduce pest problems. Thorough cleaning under and behind furniture, equipment, shelving and appliances may be necessary to remove all food sources. Remove trash regularly and use trash can liners. Keep areas around dumpsters clean. Store food in rodent‐proof and insect‐proof containers.

Water: Pests find water in numerous places. Wring out and hang wet mops to dry. Repair leaky pipes. Clogged rain gutters and leaking faucets are also important water sources for rodents, insects and birds. Clean floor drains routinely as they are sources of both food and water.

Shelter: Restrict the pest’s access to shelter and food by sealing entry points. Install door sweeps and window screens. Seal cracks and crevices with screens, silicone or other sealant material. Eliminate clutter and keep stored products on shelving off the floor. Bird netting and metal bird spikes will restrict birds from accessing sites where they might roost and nest.

Inspection and Monitoring: Routine monitoring is an important part of managing pests in industrial and institutional sites. Monitoring not only identifies the problem areas, but also provides preventive approach to future infestations.
Industrial and institutional Pest Control includes surveying for pests but also observing conditions that are favorable for pests, including unsanitary conditions, entry sites and shelter locations. When conditions favoring pests are found, they should be corrected as soon as possible.

Sticky traps and pheromone traps are used for insect monitoring. Sticky traps are simple devices made of cardboard with one surface covered in a glue‐like material. When insects contact the trap, they become stuck. Some sticky traps include the use of pheromone lures. Pheromones are natural scents produced by insects that are used to communicate with each other. Some pheromones are sex attractants that attract only males and others attract both males and females.
When monitoring, look for pests and evidence of pests, such as fecal material, shed insect skins, tracks and grease marks left by rodents. Routine monitoring will indicate if pests are present and help you to evaluate whether your pest management strategies are successful.

Mechanical/Physical Control: While stepping on and smashing an occasional ant or cockroach is considered physical control, it is not a sustainable, effective long‐term management method. Trapping is the most common means of mechanical control for both insects and rodents in industrial and institutional sites. Trapping is also a monitoring technique used to determine where pests are present and what species are present.
Sticky traps can be used for insects and small rodents, but they are not considered to be the most effective means of control. Mechanical kill traps, such as snap traps, are used for mice and rats. Live traps may be used, but releasing live rodents is illegal. Most often, live trapping is followed by humane euthanasia. Rodents can transmit diseases, so use proper precautions when working around live or dead rodents.

Other mechanical or physical management options include vacuuming and sweeping up pests such as ants. Mechanical control should be done in conjunction with prevention. If you trap mice or vacuum ants but don’t remove food sources and eliminate access, you will never solve the pest problem.

Pesticides: Remember that all pesticides are considered toxic and should be used with caution around food, food storage and food preparation areas.  Pesticides including rodenticides and insecticides are applied as sprays, dusts, fumigants, baits and granules. The site where the pesticide is applied must be listed on the product label. Applying a pesticide to a site not listed on the label is a violation of federal law.

Rodenticides: Rodenticides are usually applied in bait form. Pesticide labels describe how and where to apply baits. Some rodenticides are applied as tracking powders that are sprinkled in areas where rodents are present. They are picked up by rodents on their feet and fur and are ingested during grooming. Many rodenticides are classified as restricted use pesticides and may be used only by certified applicators or persons under their direct supervision.

Tamperresistant bait and Traps : can be used both as inspection and monitoring tools and as mechanical controls. In Industrial and institutional Pest Control trap boxes and bait stations are often required. Rodenticides should be used in combination with preventative methods, including exclusion and sanitation.

Fumigants: Fumigants are used in industrial sites to control commodity pests and referred to as commodity fumigation.

Insecticide baits: Baits used for insect control are typically applied as gels or granules. Some are applied in bait stations, while others are applied in cracks and crevices where insects occur. Baits used for cockroach or ant control are picked up by insects and taken to the colony where they are shared with the rest of the colony.

Insecticide sprays: Insecticide sprays may be applied to cracks and crevices, by broadcast treatment, or as perimeter applications. Applicators must identify the insect, select the proper insecticide treatment, and apply the product according to label instructions.