Maxpro IPM Strategy for Food Industry

We emphasize a lot on importance of warehousing in maintaining a pest free environment in the food industry

The loading and unloading of vehicles can allow pests to enter via the loading bays, because of the amount of time doors are left open, or because of the inadequate barriers.

Packaging material and general waste is often compacted in proximity to loading bays. Materials of this nature are often attractive to pests if they are not properly stored or regularly collected.

Because of the heavy use of certain areas, damage to the building is likely. A lack of maintenance in these area can therefore be a contributing factor in pest infestation.

Adequate storage facilities sufficient to cope with expected volumes should be provided. Insufficient space may lead to goods being stored in undesirable areas where they may become infested, damaged or fouled.

Racking should be used to keep all goods off the floor. Raising goods will also allow effective cleaning.

Adequate space around & between racking should be allowed. This will allow for good pest control inspection and allow for thorough cleaning.

Good stock rotation methods should be enforced. A minimum quantity of ingredients/ packaging should be kept in stock; it is preferable to have suppliers who are flexible enough to supply on demand. Little used ingredients and packaging are more likely to have pest activity develop in them and be used by pests as harbourage.

Pests can easily be introduced into buildings through poor handling of returned or damaged goods. Returned goods should be stored in their own quarantine area away from ingredients, packaging and finished goods - ideally in a separate building unconnected to main production and warehousing areas.

Incoming goods

Avoid the use of pallets constructed of wood. Wooden pallets often harbour insect pests. Since there is no passport system for pallets, their previous whereabouts cannot be determined. Consider the use of a pallet inverter so that wooden pallets can be exchanged for plastic prior to storage. Storage shelving should not have concealed cavities. Spillages cannot be cleaned easily and pests may make use of them to conceal their harbourages.

Inspection Tools

  • Torch – pests are by nature secretive and may be deep within recesses or below fixtures where natural light may not penetrate
  • Spatula – many Stored Product Insect pests will be found in compressed residues below machinery or
    in gaps at the wall/floor junction. The narrow blade of a spatula is required to scrape out residues in
    order to examine the contents for larvae or adults
  • x10 lens – many pest insects are small and the distinguishing features not apparent to the naked eye
  • Supply of specimen tubes – where identification cannot be made at the time of inspection, samples can be labeled and removed either for identification at a later date or to send for professional advice
  • Bait box keys – access to bait stations may be required for monitoring purposes between scheduled calls. We will take care when handling bait stations and rodenticides and all baits will be re-sealed to prevent unauthorised access
  • Supply of cable ties – where bait stations are secured by means of cable ties replacement ties
    will be required to re-secure the bait station lids

Other items may include:

  • Folding ladder – for access to overhead areas, loft hatches, false ceilings, electric fly killers etc
  • Endoscope – to allow inspection of concealed areas, ducting, closed voids etc
  • Insect specimen set – for comparison with samples found during the inspection
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