How to Control Common Pests In Food Processing Area

Cockroaches

Cockroach

Other than the housefly, that is more easily recognized and detested than the cockroach. Cockroaches have been shown to transmit diseases including pathogenic foodborne bacteria such as salmonella, Vibrio cholera, Staphylococcus aureus, and others both in the insect’s gut and on its exterior surface.

Inspection & Monitoring:

A good way to detect cockroaches is to enter a darkened production or storage area, turn on the lights, and quickly look for roaches scurrying back into hiding. Cockroaches also may be found by inspecting inside electrical junction boxes and control panels, or by looking behind objects and in floor drains. Glue traps often are a good monitoring device.

Treatment:

Eliminate all habourage by clearing junk, sealing and filling cracks and crevices and maintaining a sealed, smooth surface throughout the plant in production and nonproduction areas. Seal junction boxes, receptacles, and control panels. Seal openings around conduits and pipes where they pass through walls and ceilings. Inspect incoming shipments (packaging, ingredients, etc.) and reject infested shipments. Acceptable chemical control that may be used include gel baits, sprays, aerosols, or dusts.

Flies

Flies landing

Flies transmit disease by spending part of their life in direct contact with or in close contact to fecal matter or decaying material. Flies must liquefy their food before ingestion, so they secrete salvia (often called vomitus) on surfaces where food may be prepared leaving germs and other harmful bacteria.

Inspection & Monitoring:

Thorough inspection should focus on detecting breeding spots, most times are garbage areas, drain area with high organic matter etc. Fly traps would help identify fly specie and area of high infestation.

Treatment

Re-locate garbage away from doors and should be evacuated frequently, and waste disposal areas must be properly maintained and smooth without cracks. Next, flies must be excluded from entering the food processing facility. This includes using air curtains (air screens) and/or doors that close automatically. Electric traps with blue fluorescent light/gum traps are effective in reducing flying insects, including flies. Sticky traps can be utilised indoors and outdoors. Chemical solutions include larvicide, fly baits granules and liquids etc by spraying and fogging.

 

Rodents

Rodents

Rodents include rats and mice. Rats and mice carry and transmit disease, and they can cause significant economic losses by damaging food containers, contaminating food with rodent droppings, and consuming food. Two major species of rats are found in and around human habitation: the Norway rat and the roof rat.

Inspection & Monitoring:

In rodent infestation inspection should include search for signs of rodents which include: droppings, smudge marks, noises, visual sightings, tracks, gnawing, urine stains and smell. Inspect for exit and entry holes which you may identify by rub marks and run ways. Traps and tracking powder are a good way to monitor and also control.

Treatment

Elimination of harborage is the most effective way to control rodents. This includes removing all general clutter from the food plant and storage areas to eliminate rodent hiding places. Seal-up and prevent entry of rodents, remove source of food and water.

Treatment

Chemical & Physical Control Strategically place rodenticides, glue boards, bait boxes, ultrasonic devices, and traps as required.

The above pest and control methods outlines the pests of concern and steps that food processors can take to start a pest control program.

If you need help on  how to implement a pest control program contact us on 07044405763 

How to Control Rats in Poultry

Rats usually eat their entire meal for the day at one time, normally at night.

 

Reproduction: Since rats reach sexual maturity in 2 months and have a gestation period of 23 days, large populations can build in a short time. With an average litter size of 6-8 and as many as 10-12 litters per year, a single pair can produce 15,000 descendants in only one year. The reproduction rate for mice is similar with 5-10 litters for 5-6 per litter. The gestation period is only 19 days and the female may mate again 48 hours after giving birth.

Controlling the Rodent Problem in Poultry

The first step in rodent control is to eliminate the entry points. A mouse can enter through a hole the size of a pencil and a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. It is wise to assume rats are physically capable of accomplishing incredible feats to gain entry into a poultry house.

Whilst it may almost be impossible to block all entry points, All openings to poultry houses where possible should have closures that fit tightly and they should always be closed. Other possible entry points such as spaces around pipes exhaust fan or drains should be rodent proof.

Eliminate all junk that may serve as hiding place.

Obvious food sources such as spilled feed or garbage should also be eliminated.

The next step in controlling a rodent problem is to reduce the population with a combination of baits, and traps.

TRAPS

In cage houses the snap and glue trap can be used to effectively control rats and mouse.

Traps should be set close to walls, in dark corners, or behind objects where rats or mice may hide. If roof rats are the target, traps and bait stations may need to be secured to rafters, overhead beams or pipes to increase the chances of success

Bait Station and Snap Trap

 

RODENTICIDES & BAITS

An important control measure is the use of baits-Rodenticides should be used with traps for effective control. Our range of rodenticides includes tracking powders, acute toxicity baits, and delayed toxicity baits.

Rodent Tracking Powders are toxic dusts that contain high concentrations of either acute action or delayed action toxicants. These restricted powders are placed in burrows, runways, or covered stations. Rodents will then travel through these areas and pick up the powder in their fur and feet, where it is later ingested during grooming.

Acute toxicity rodenticides are those that can give effective control with a single feeding. This type can be used as the initial assault on large populations. A disadvantage of the single feeding rodenticide is that it is very toxic to all types of animals and man.

Examples of acute rodenticides we have are.

  • Zinc phosphide is not a new compound, but one that has been used for some time. It causes clinical signs of poisoning usually within 24 hours.
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  • Anti-Coagulants Rodenticides: These compounds kill rodent by inhibiting the ability of the blood to coagulate, thus death results from internal haemorrhaging.

Anticoaglant baits require multiple feedings to be effective. A period of 7-21 days may be needed for anticoagulant baits to be successful. These products are much safer around all types of animals. Also the rodent usually does not identify its gradual illness with the bait due to multiple feedings.

Brodifacoum and Bromadiolone have now become the mainstay of rodent control in poultry and urban space throughout the world.

Our Vertox(Brodifacoum) and ThunderBolt(Bromadilone)baits are very effective in controlling rodents.

Our baits are approved for poultry however use of directions should be carefully followed.

 

For a baiting program to be effective an adequate amount of bait must be available and it must be replaced as it is eaten and should be used with a bait station.

BAIT STATIONS

Proper placement of bait station is important for successful rodent control. The bait should be placed where rodents are living and the size of the “home area” should be kept in mind. For house mice the bait stations should be no more than 10 feet apart and for rats a spacing of 25-50 feet is adequate.

 

Bait stations provide a secluded area for feeding, keeps bait fresh and prevent cross contamination as rodents are prone to take bait from placement location to a more secured location or burrow.

In areas of the poultry house, where practical, bait should be available at all times since new rodents may enter the house at any time.

How To Control Cockroaches

CONTROL OF COCKROACHES

Cockroaches are best controlled using a combination of techniques. Since roaches flourish where food, moisture, and shelter are readily available, good hygiene is an important step in preventing and controlling problems.

HOW TO PREVENT COCKROACH INFESTATION

  • Entry and establishment of roach colonies can be prevented by close inspection of incoming merchandise, such as food boxes, beverage cartons, appliances, furniture and clothing.
  • Regularly clean ovens, cupboards and shelves. Identify Problem Areas with Flashlight and Glue Strips. …
  • Identify problem areas with flashlight and glue strips.
  • Avoid dropping crumbs and spilling sweet drinks in the vicinity of computers, keyboards and furniture.
  • Store waste & rubbish in tightly closed containers.
  • Clean food-contaminated surfaces like cooking surface, behind gas cookers, benches and plates and not leaving them dirty overnight.
  • Reducing water availability overnight, mopping up puddles and fixing dripping taps and seals around sinks.
  • Place cockroach gel bait to effectively reduce roach population.
  • Cracks and openings around doors and windows should be covered. It is also prudent to seal openings where plumbing pipes or wires pass through walls or floors with caulk, foam, or copper mesh. This is especially useful in apartments to reduce movement of cockroaches between adjoining units.

HOW WE CONTROL COCKROACHES

SANITATION

We advise and focus your cleaning effort to clean out infested areas, eliminating their food sources. Clean out cracks and crevices to remove any food sources, including cockroach eggs or droppings, since feces contain pheromones that attract other roaches and feed young ones.

INSPECTION

We look for cockroach hiding spots in warm, dark, tight places near food and water using a flashlight and mirror. We may confirm any suspected habitats by using sticky traps.

 ELIMINATE HABITAT AND PREVENT ENTRY

Removing cockroach hiding places and entry points will drive cockroaches away and prevent future infestations. Inside the home, we seal cracks in dark places like cupboards or building cracks with caulk, repair water leaks, and remove moisture in crawl spaces and other dark areas by increasing ventilation.

TREATMENT:

From PCN Roach Killer Gel baits to residual insecticide dust and liquid insecticides, we apply appropriate and effective solutions that will eliminate cockroach colonies and keep area safe from cockroaches for longer periods. Our solutions are guaranteed to keep our customers’ homes, offices, pantries, galley free from cockroaches.

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How to Avoid Bed Bugs When Travelling

 

How Do I Check for Bed Bugs When Travelling

  • When you first enter a new hotel room, put your luggage on a luggage rack or in the bathroom—an unlikely place for bed bugs to hide—while you inspect the bedding and furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and blankets and check the mattress and box-spring seams for bugs, especially at the head of the bed.
  • In hotel rooms, use luggage racks to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. Try to keep luggage away from bed.
  • Inspect luggage racks.
  • Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully. Remember that time in a dryer at high temperatures kills the bed bugs (just washing will generally not kill bed bugs).
  • Store suitcases away from your bedroom, such as in the basement or garage. Never store suitcases under your bed.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT BRINGING BED BUGS HOME WHEN TRAVELING?

  1. Pack for protection. Bring a large plastic trash bag or two and store your suitcase in it to keep bedbugs
  2. Inspect your room. Don’t unpack immediately. …
  3. Store your belongings safely. …
  4. Look before you repack. …
  5. Kill ’em off at home.

Pest Control Tips For Hospitals

PEST CONTROL IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

An infestation of rodents in a healthcare facility is especially dangerous because these pests can carry disease and spoil food with the bacteria and viruses they harbor in their saliva and droppings. Exposure to dangerous pathogens could be disastrous for already health-compromised patients.

Rodents are simple pests that require only the very basics to survive; food, water, and shelter. Hospitals are typically massive and complex buildings which can provide rodents with a vast network of secluded nooks and crannies in which to thrive.

Hiring a professional pest control company to conduct an assessment of your facility is advisable for prevention purposes, even if an issue has not yet arisen. This assessment will help you identify what areas or practices in the hospital might be attracting the pests, and can assist in putting a plan in place to eradicate rats and mice, as well as prevent them from returning.

PROTECTIVE AND PEST CONTROL MEASURES OF RODENT IN HOSPITALS 

  • The most important steps in controlling rodents are preventive methods because prevention is better than control
  • A professional company can help create tailor-made plans for prevention in your facility, which can be distributed throughout the hospital.
  • Healthy buildings should be constructed to prevent the entry of mice and rats.
  • Repair / seal any cracks or holes small diameter or inch or larger in the foundation, walls.
  • Repair broken windows and doors – Make sure that the door seals are tight for any inhabited buildings.
  • A professional pest control company can help identify problem areas that should be upgraded.
  • Chemical control of pests, bait loaded traps, and the disposal of dead rodents should always be administered by a professional pest control company
  • Patient rooms should also be cleaned on a daily basis if patients are being fed in their rooms. Visitors should be reminded that snacks left behind are tempting to pests as well. 
  • Pest control experts can also identify rogue sources of water in the hospital that rats can access. Stagnant water can sustain other pests as well, such as insects
  • Rats can enter the hospital through cracks and crevices the width of a coin, so sealing the building from the outside is paramount to your pest control success.
  • Maintain a clean hospital environment
  • Large hospitals usually have multiple food preparation and dining areas. All of these locations should have strict cleanliness guidelines similar to any restaurant for staff to ensure that no scraps or trash are left accessible to rodents.
  • All trash cans should have tightly sealed lids and garbage should be removed from the premises multiple times per day.

WHEN FLIES LAND ON YOUR FOOD

Flies landing

    WHEN FLIES LAND ON YOUR FOOD

They eat by slurping fluids through a trunk-like nose. When they land on solid food, they regurgitate saliva on it. The saliva liquefies the food for them to drink. But if fly vomit isn’t bad enough consider this: Flies enjoy eating more than what’s on your picnic table.

Flies aren’t the most pleasing bug to look at. Flies are attracted to incredibly gross things like corpses, garbage, dirty water, and so much more. As a result, when a fly lands on your food, it’s fair to assume that it’s just come from landing on something that your food should never be near.

The reason flies land on food and on humans is because of the way that they taste is through their feet. To be more specific, flies use what is called a labella to examine their potential meals. What’s even grosser is that to be able to eat solid foods like us, flies liquify what they touch so they can eat it — but more in this in a minute.

We all know the classic line, “don’t eat that, when a fly lands on your food it poops.” Another common thought is that a fly will vomit every time it lands on your food — which is actually probably true. Flies don’t have the ability to chew, so they will throw up enzymes to dissolve any food they’re about to eat to liquify it, as mentioned previously. Then, they will slurp it up

CAN I EAT MY FOOD IF A FLY LANDED ON IT?

A compound in their saliva and vomit breaks down the food so the fly is able to slurp it up. … The longer a fly is on your food, the higher the chance of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites being transferred to it. If a fly lands on your food and you swat it right away, the food will likely be safe to eat.

WHAT DO FLIES DO WHEN THEY LAND ON HUMANS?

The Fly has a very soft, fleshy, sponge like mouth and when it lands on you and touches your skin, it won’t bite, it will suck up secretions on the skin. It is interested in sweat, proteins, carbohydrates, salts, sugars and other chemicals and pieces of dead skin that keep flaking off.

  CAN FLY EGGS SURVIVE IN HUMAN STOMACH?

 Intestinal myiasis occurs when fly eggs or larvae previously deposited in food are ingested and survive in the gastrointestinal tract. Some infested patients have been asymptomatic; others have had abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea Many fly species are capable of producing intestinal myiasis.

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CHOOSING A PEST CONTROL COMPANY

Pest Technician

 Pests pose harmful threat to human health which is on the high increase everyday

The diseases the pests spread includes Diarrhoea, dysentery, Viral diseases, allergic reactions and Asthma etc. The most common pest which spread diseases and alter human activities and health in general are; Mosquitoes, Bedbugs, Cockroach, Rodents, Termites etc.

You can be moving right along through life raising a family, going to work, enjoying vacations, and with one bite, find yourself struggling every day with fatigue,  depression, weakness, and some  other health complications. Which is why is important to  choose a pest control company that  can give you the best pest solution. You need to look out for the following to identify a reliable and effective pest control provider.

Work Guarantee

Does this company guarantee its work, warranty?  Can the company provide the guarantee in writing? Always be careful about a company that doesn’t guarantee its work or provide a warranty.

 Online Presence

Check out their reviews on resources such as Google to know what the company offers. It is extremely difficult to keep a high rating on review services because pest control is complicated. Also check out for the company up-to-date website which are online materials, history, services offer, relevant and detailed information and professional look.

 Company License

The company should have an up to date licence and necessary materials that back up pest control operations, it should have trained technicians..

Know The Pest Control Chemicals

Knowing the pest control chemicals to applied in your home or office is important due to the nature of some chemicals that may be too harsh and cause irritation and allergies to protect children, elderly and pets in homes.

Pest control company should not select chemicals based on the pocket friendly price but the chemical should be friendly to the people and it’s environs.

Pest control professionals should state the risks of the chemicals to be use either verbally or  stated in a booklet(company manual)

Ask pest control provider how long you’ll need to leave your home for, and understand how  your belongings will be protected  chemical contact

 

Check Out For quality And Value

Quality of service offer should be considered when choosing pest control company. The value of the service is essential  as well when selecting a pest control service, cost should not be the only factor that determines the company you pick.  It is crucial to note the competency of the  pest control company you choose.

Misused pest control chemicals can endanger lives and property therefore the aforementioned point should be considered when selecting  a pest control company.

We offer pest control solutions such as mosquitoes, termites, bedbugs, roaches, crawling insects, and seasonal pests,  we also execute customized tailor solutions for all our clients.

We guarantee you a reliable and quality service delivery.

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Are You Encouraging Termites?

No one knowingly hangs a sign on their front door saying: “Termites  are Welcome Here!” But unfortunately, most homes have conditions that practically beg termites to invade. One of those “welcome” signs for termites is excess moisture in the structure. This is a common problem in Nigerian Homes.  Moisture problems found include:   Improperly drained air conditioners, leaks in the roof, windows, and gutters, poor drainage around the foundation, and sprinklers spraying water onto the side of homes. Excess moisture attracts termites and many other wood-destroying pests, so fix these today. Don’t invite termites to move in!

Here are some other important steps to take to discourage these home destroying pests.

Do not allow shrubs to even partially block any air vents.Make sure no wood in and around your home is directly contacting the soil.

Remove pieces of wood, roots, and cardboard buried or lying on the soil.

Call us on 07044405763 to  professionally inspect all potential termite problem areas on a regular basis (if we are not already doing this), and treat if needed. We can save you money by catching an infestation early, before extensive damage is done, our inspections and treatments can help prevent termites from ever getting started in your home.

How to Eliminate Cockroaches using the Roach Terminator

Keeping Workplaces, Schools, Homes and Commercial Establishments safe from Corona virus

  1. Practice good hygiene
  2. Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  3. Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
  4. Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  5. Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  6. Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  7. Be careful with meetings and travel
  8. Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  9. When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  10. Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  11. Assess the risks of business travel
  12. Handle food carefully
  13. Limit food sharing
  14. Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  15. Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene