Pest Control Maintenance Plan

Pest Control Maintenance Plan

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Pest Control Maintenance Plan


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Pest Control Maintenance Plan

Pest control does not start and end with spraying insecticides or putting down some rodent poison and traps. It is an ongoing problem that should be monitored, revised and updated regularly. Common house and business pests are hard to avoid. Maintaining the hygiene and sanitation reduces a pest infestation considerably, but regular control is required for adequate desired results.

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN

Cleaning and deep cleaning is one of the best ways to deter an infestation taking hold and setting up a base. Professional cleaning is almost mandatory for commercial eating outlets with recommended 6 monthly intervals minimum between cleans for that thorough cleanse with heavy duty equipment and detergents.

 

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What to do?

First and foremost you need to carryout an assessment of the property. This is done to highlight any weakness in the properties structure which may be allowing pests to enter. Once this is completed, systems then need to be put in place to remedy the structures integrity issues by sealing and blocking. If an infestation has set up a territory then a pest management plan needs to be implemented immediately to combat the problem. If this is not done then the pest problem will likely increase in size affecting a businesses reputation or a happy home life depending on the building in question.

Pest Assessment

Is there evidence of damage and debris caused by pests?

Are the doors or other openings to the outside tight fitting?

Are there gaps around windows and/ or doors?

Are there water sources near the building?

Is there waste disposal near the building?

Is there vegetation or mulch placed against or near the building?

Is there nonessential lighting near the building?

Is there evidence of faecal matter within the building?

Are there cracks or holes in or around the walls, doors or windows?

Is there food waste in designated areas?

Do all food containers have lids?

Are there moisture leaks or condensation around plumbing, windows, or climate control equipment?

Are garbage containers clean and properly covered?

Do empty bottles, especially alcohol bottles have lids on?

Are there construction works going on nearby

 Are their redundant properties in the vicinity that could be harbouring pests

Signs of Infestation (Rodents)

 Rodent droppings on the floor and other surfaces especially where food is stored?

  Greasy smear/rub marks on vertical and horizontal surfaces?    

 Squeaking, gnawing or movement sounds in walls, cupboards and ceilings?

 Nests made from papers, cardboard clothing, straw or other material?

 Gnawing damage to materials including wood, soft metals, soap, cables, conduits and food containers?

 Physically seeing a rodent?

Food debris on floors or foods such as soft fruits nibbled?

Smell of Ammonia with the rodents urine and faecal matter build up?

Pets playing up and acting differently?

Complaints from neighbours?

Do’s (Rodents)

Sweep up all food debris in the food preparation and storage areas?

Ensure all food such as flour, sugar and legumes are covered and stored in sealed containers?

Seal gaps and holes in walls, floors, ceilings and around pipes and cables?

Remove accumulated boxes or redundant equipment?

Seal the gap under external doors?

Cover and seal rubbish bins tightly?

Purchase and use only poisons and chemicals approved for use in food establishments?

Lay baits such as pellets or blocks, or traps where droppings are sited and check them regularly?

Carry out a monthly check of the food premises to check for any signs of rodent activity?

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Check List 

Depending on what type of home or business you are depends on what should be carried out. Below are some of our generic key points:

  • All the visible surfaces should be wiped clean and sanitised.
  • Clean all cooking utensils and cutlery and store them in a hygienic way. Always wash immediately after using where possible.
  • Store the cooking material, away from the floor and wall in tightly closed cabinets to avoid germ and pest access.
  • Clean the oven tops and other cooking surfaces after every food preparation
  • Clean and sterilise the counter tops, cutting surfaces, food preparing surfaces.
  • Wipe and clean the back splash.
  • Mop and clean the floors regularly.
  • Clean and sanitise the employee restrooms
  • Empty the rubbish bin, ashtrays and replace liners
  • Check the cereals and shelves

 Sign of Infestation (Insects)

Sightings of adult or larvae?

Potential damage to your property such as carpets or plants?

Smell?

Neighbours having sightings?

 Faecal matter?

 Noises: scuttling/flying insect?

 Other?

Other?

Do’s (Insects)

Vacuum regularly.

Seal any holes, cracks or crevices to eliminate hiding places for the cockroaches.

Reduce potential harbourage by removing clutter.

Thoroughly clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces.

 Carry out a monthly check of the food premises to check for any signs of cockroach activity.

Cover and seal rubbish bins tightly?

Purchase and use only poisons and chemicals approved for use in food establishments?

Hire a Pest Control Company to remove the Hassle and Stress

Many industries now require a ‘zero tolerance’ to pests, therefore we will design a tailor made pest control programme that suits your business needs and requirements. Whatever kind of business you run in London, you’re bound to have a pest problem at some point. Unchecked, pests chew through wiring and stock. They horrify diners and customers. And they spoil the calm professionalism of your city offices. Check out our maintenance contract page for businesses to find out more.

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