Stay on top of pest control and pass health inspections with flying colors.
Pest control is truly put to the test when health department surveys come into play. A failing inspection can go so far as to close your business down, and it is important to note that the right time to invest in pest control isn’t when a survey or inspection is on the horizon. To make this a less stressful and more effective process, pest control needs to be a part of your regular facility maintenance and planning.
From Your Commercial Pest Control Specialist: “Each state has their own system of surveys and one of the items on the survey that sometimes falls to the wayside is pest management” – Adam Smith, Senior Business Specialist in MD/DC
Want to get ahead? There are a variety of steps you should take to help keep your facility pest-free.
- Clean-up any spills and debris.
- Check storage rooms and look for pests or holes in any stored food packaging.
- Take out the trash and be sure to always use a plastic bag in trash receptacles.
- Ensure that doors are not left open.
- Check for plumbing leaks or “puddles” of water.
- Check around the perimeter of your structure to inspect for any holes or gaps. Rodents can creep into a hole the size of a dime.
- Make sure vegetation is at least 2 feet away from the perimeter.
- Keep the area around the building perimeter free of debris.
- Keep an eye out for possible bird nesting sites. These have the ability to cause serious damage to your facility if left unattended.
- Always check for signs of rodents such as droppings or chew/gnaw marks in any stored foods.
- A communicative relationship with your pest control provider will allow health department inspections and surveys to go well, and keep pests out.