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Updated: Oct. 15, 2023, 11:43 a.m. By Rafiki Pest Control LTD.®

If you run a food processing business, you know that hygiene and food safety is everything. That's why you can't afford to have even a minor pest infestation. A small infestation quickly spreads throughout the company, and the news will spread even faster from online review sites to social media.

Food processing business pest control has its' unique challenges. Several risk factors make food processing industries highly susceptible to pest infestations. However, this should not worry you or slow down your operations. Leave your pest problems to the professionals. They are specifically trained to exterminate pest infestations and protect your business from the chances of future pest problems. Our professional pest controllers have done food industry pest control for years now, and they know exactly what to do to give you the desired long-term results.

Our Food Processing Business Pest Control Program.

We have a specialized pest control program that is tailored to meet all the specific regulatory requirements of food processing business pest control. This program ensures that food safety comes first, and all your requirements are adequately met. 

This program usually follows the following procedures:

  • The Inspection

An effective food processing pest control program will always start with a thorough inspection of your entire company. The highly susceptible nature of food processing industries requires that inspections be done regularly. These inspections are done on the exterior and interior of the industry. During these inspections, our experts will identify all potential pest harborage areas. Our experts will provide you with a detailed report on all the problems and risk areas at the end of each inspection.

  • Preventive Measures.

During the inspection process, all pest harborage areas and entry points, such as small openings, will be discovered. The openings will be refilled and sealed completely to keep pests away. While at the industry's exterior perimeter, our technician will set and position bait stations in all the rodent-risk areas. While in the industry's interior, only three categories of traps can be used, and they include the live pest traps, glue boards, and snap traps. Note: Baits cannot be used inside the food processing industry as they are highly toxic. As a pest preventive measure, your staff will also be educated on maintaining high standards of hygiene and the appropriate ways to carry out daily activities to keep pests away. 

  • Objective Identification

While inspecting your property, the technician will discover any pest activities within the industry. A deeper inspection will be done to identify the specific type of pest causing trouble. 

  • Analysis

Our technicians will embark upon a detailed examination of the entire industry to discover the infestation's root course. All the factors attracting pests and all conducive pest-hiding spots will be addressed accordingly.

  • Pest Treatment Selection

Integral Pest management program(IPM) discourages total dependence on one type of pest treatment method. Once the exact pest problem has been identified, our technicians will combine the best food processing pest control methods for the most effective results. The method chosen for treatment must be recorded, and the responsible technicians and all activities carried out. 

  • Monitoring frequency

Frequently monitoring your food processing industry is the first step to shifting the focus from exterminating existing infestations to preventing infestations in your business. Our experts will train all your staff on ways of monitoring possible pest activities within the industry. This way, pest infestation threats can now be discovered early before spreading to the entire business.  A small infestation is cheaper and less tedious to get rid of. 

  • Documentation

Validation documentation is very crucial for your food processing business. Quality documentation of all pest activities, pest infestation threats, activities performed, and all corrective measures and pesticides applied is a must. When the food safety auditors come during audit time, you will be confident of getting impressive scores because Rafiki Pest Control always keeps you ready with up-to-date and accurate pest control records.

Our Pest Control and Management Guide

Our pest control and management guide for food processing industries is highly efficient and ensures zero contamination of food sources. Pests are strictly forbidden from food businesses because they cause a lot of food damage and contamination. 

We apply the latest technology and methodologies to control, exterminate, and keep off pests from your business.  We take care of all food processing pest problems, including:

  1. Birds
  2. Rodents
  3. Roaches
  4. Ants
  5. Flies

What Are The Most Common Signs of Pest Activities in Your Business?

Pest activities in your business will cause a lot of damage to property, and food packaging and will contaminate food. This results in a lot of customers complaining, and eventually, you'll lose them. 

You must be proactive with pest control. Not only by having the best pest control professionals in your business but by watching out for the following pest signs as well:

  • Presence of fur and small eggs.
  • Fecal droppings lying around
  • Damaged foods and food packaging
  • Smells of urine
  • Sighting rodents or other pests
  • Wings and nests

Food Processing Business Pest Control Methods

The most common methods that we use for food processing pest control include:

  1. Environmental Pest Control Methods

Environmental methods are the safest and most effective way of controlling pests in food processing businesses.  Environmental pest control helps prevent chances of pest infestations by denying them a conducive environment to thrive in.  It involves limiting their access to shelter, food, and water by:

  • Educating staff on ways of maintaining very high hygiene standards.
  • Ensuring proper structural maintenance like well-fitted doors, well-maintained drainages, and sealing cracks and crevices. 
  • Keeping all external doors closed unless in use.
  • Establishing plastic screens on doors and windows.
  • Fixing protective plates at the bottom of doors
  • Regular inspections of possible rodent hiding spots like ceilings and basements. 
  • Maintaining proper food storage methods and ensuring inspection of food deliveries at the receiving area before storing them.
  1. Chemical Pest Control Methods

Chemical methods are only used when there is an existing infestation. Chemical pest control methods, including rodenticides, fumigants, and insecticides, are powerfully effective and toxic. They eliminate pests and prevent future infestations. However, using them inside the food processing industry is very risky and should be avoided. These chemicals can only be handled by a trained pest control professional.  

  1. Physical Pest Control Methods

Physical pest control is also used in places with an existing infestation. Traps are used to catch and scare pests away. Traps are mainly used inside the food processing business as they do not contain harmful chemicals. They include: 

  • Bait traps and sticky boards to catch rodents. 
  • Sticky flycatchers.
  • Electric flycatchers
  • Wire systems to trap birds. 

DIY Pest Control Products for Food Processing Businesses

All food processing business owners can now manage small pest infestations effectively by themselves. We have eased the whole process for you by stocking all our stores near you with the most effective yet eco-friendly DIY pest control products. All these products are registered by the Kenya Pest Control Products Board, and they come with a simplified 'directions for use' guide to give you the desired results. 

You do not have to travel to our stores if you're not in a position to. Our online shop also has all these products. Place an order, and the products will be delivered to your doorstep in less than 2 hours.

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