These regulations make natural sense, however, adhering to them can take a lot of work. To help make your job easier, we’ve put together five effective ways that you can keep pests out of your work area. Besides that, click to find out more about professional pest control services in your area.
- Ensure food is sealed
Most food arrives sealed when it reaches the supermarket, but a broken seal can sometimes be hard to spot. Each time an employee is stocking shelves, make sure that he/she observes the packaging to assure it’s properly sealed. Fruit and vegetables are harder to account for, but make sure the produce looks fresh and that you don’t see any unwanted bugs crawling across them. By doing this, you’re protecting your business at one of the first points of contact.
- Keep an eye on deliveries
When a delivery is made, make sure that the product is okay and that no pests are evident. Unfortunately, pests can sometimes hitch a ride in delivery trucks then set up shop in your supermarket, making you accountable for it when someone reports seeing a mouse running up and down your aisles. More often cockroaches are found between the leaves of cardboard cartons. Once they have arrived at your premises they set up home in another packaging – for example, cereal boxes – which will cause complaints from your customers.
- Maintain clean aisles
If food or drink spills, it’s not just a health and safety nightmare if someone slips over, it also can entice unwanted visitors. Of course, it’s expected that any spills are cleaned up ASAP, but also make sure that no junk is hiding underneath the shelves.
Also remember to keep the outside areas of your place clean, be it stock shelves or the freezer where you keep cold stock. Just because these areas aren’t accessible to the public does not make them any less important.
- Dispose of waste properly
The rubbish will naturally attract pests, big or small. So when you’re throwing out your rubbish, be sure that you and your employees are disposing of it properly in the industrial bins. If possible, keep your industrial bins as far away from your premises as possible.
- Check your Entrance Points
Complete a thorough inspection of all the possible entry points into your premises. Gaps in the walls, ceiling, tiles, or incomplete plumbing offer opportunities for pests to gain access to your place of business and potentially cause destruction.
- Get the help of a professional pest control provider
There is no better option than letting a pest management professional inspect your premises to identify problem areas. Here at Goode Pest Control, we specialize in safeguarding supermarkets from pest infestations.