Our licensed technicians are well-versed in third-party audit standards and have experience specific to the food processing, warehousing, and distribution industries.
Monitor applied treatments, review reports, and pay invoices at your convenience with our online customer portal. Manage the pest control portion of your Food Safety Plan quickly and easily.
Our full-time, Board Certified Entomologists and Food Safety Specialists receive relevant training and certifications for the food processing industry.* We staff Advanced SQF Practitioners, PCQIs, and other industry experts to support all your food safety initiatives.
We stand behind the fact that we will help your facility main a pest-free environment and you don't pay until you are 100% satisfied that we have done our job. Our experience and expertise allows us to provide you with that guarantee.
Maintaining a pest-free facility is crucial in the food processing industry, with strict third-party audits and food safety to consider – especially at the first sign of a pest in an operation – whether it's the most common food pests or not. Western not only has Board Certified Entomologists, but we employ Pest Prevention Pre-requisite Programs that emphasize training, hazard analysis, cGMPs, and preventive controls for ongoing pest management to make sure you are always audit ready. We’ll start with a thorough inspection of your facility, both the exterior and interior, including any floor drains to see if you could benefit from bioremediation services, and provide customized solutions for your individual needs. We can now also provide a full disinfecting and sanitizing service, Western PurClean™, to add to your usual Preventive Controls Rule.
*Certifications include: Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, Advanced SQF Practitioners, GMP in Food Plant Facilities, BRC and AIB Pest Management, and FSMA training by third-party accredited trainers.
1. What's the most interesting pest control job you've completed for a local business?
Stored product pests in a food warehouse
2. What was the pest problem found during the inspection?
Cigarette beetles - October/November 2020
3. What impact do these pests have on businesses in this industry?
Cigarette beetles can be very problematic because they can often be brought in undetected, or enter through open doors and windows, and establish quickly in areas of warehouses that are infrequently visited. With time, their populations grow and spread to different areas of the facility. This makes managing them more challenging.
4. How bad was the infestation before service began?
Prior to the beetle program's initiation, the infestation was localized to one area of the warehouse, where several bags of expired inventory were stored on racks. But it was beginning to spread to another area with inventory slated for shipment to buyers.
5. What treatments and/or other steps were taken to eliminate the infestation and prevent future pest issues?
We ascertained the extent of the infestation with sex pheromone traps and recommended that the client discard all expired inventory that was suspected to be food for the beetles. Numerous visual inspections of at-risk products were also conducted on a weekly basis. The trapping program indicated gradual decline of the beetles’ numbers over several weeks, and the warehouse has had no significant increases in beetle activity since December 2020. Insect light traps have been installed at key positions to monitor insects at open doors, and additional pheromone traps are deployed throughout the other areas of the warehouse where the beetles were not active. These are placed for early warning.
"Western Pest Service does a fantastic job protecting our facility from pests. We are a top tier food manufacturing business and we rely on our pest control company to provide us with detailed service reports, trend analyses, and up to date documentation on all baits and chemicals used."