Health Inspection Checklist: Pest Control Edition

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.