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Quality Managers know pests are more than just a nuisance — these unwelcome guests can damage food, spread disease, and lose contracts. Western is certified in 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, and we know how important pest control is to your Food Safety Plan. We 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. Our strategies include remote monitoring with our new cutting-edge technology PestDetect™ Remote Monitoring. This program is revolutionizing the way we look at commercial pest control in food processing. We also have our new disinfecting service Western PurClean™ to keep your plant safe and healthy for your employees and even scenting services to help either neutralize foul odors or provide a pleasant one in an area without any. With our comprehensive solutions and satisfaction guarantee, we are ready to handle the toughest pest control challenges that food processing plants can face. We have bird mitigation strategies, rodent control, cockroach control, fly control, and just about any other pest that can threaten a food processing plant like the one you manage. We serve your plant however it needs to be served, because we are a partner to you – not just a pest control company.
*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.”