Enzymes and Other Cleaning Methods for Food Processing Pest Control

Food factories are prone to a range of pests, and the pressures to keep them out are serious. Pest infestations can lead to failed FDA, AIB, and other food-processing audits. In the worst of cases, this can even lead to expensive shutdowns and reputation damage.

One small change that can make a big difference is working enzyme floor cleaners into your weekly cleaning rotation. Unlike caustic soaps, enzyme floor cleaners naturally degrade bio-matter that can attract pests, creating real change over time.

“The trick is to use them on their own,” notes Bob Johnson, Entomologist & Technical Specialist for MD/VA. “Sometimes, we’ll see clients combine them with caustic soaps that kill the enzymes and defeat the purpose.”

Johnson recommends additional maintenance upgrades that while simple, can power better food processing pest control:

  • Proper cleaning…and more importantly, proper drying (moisture breeds pests)
  • Good practices for overall cleanliness
  • A FIFO (first in, first out) approach to storage areas
  • Proper insulation and door sweeps

“These are practices that keep pests out,” Johnson reflects. Contact Western to learn more about enzyme floor and drain treatments and other components of a sound food processing pest control plan.