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5 Keys to the Effective Pest Management Program

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

In food processing and food production rgw environments, effective and efficient pest control is a must. For obvious reasons, a pest infestation can put your product and business reputation at risk. Moreover, pest management in the Philippines, under these circumstances, is also very sensitive, because special precautions must be taken to prevent pest control treatments from threatening food safety. To better control pests while respecting the sensitive environmental needs of the food plant, you need to implement an effective pest management program.

1. Prevention and suppression

“Prevention is better than cure” is the first general rule in any production system - whether it is in the food industry or not. Prevention can be thought of as establishing food production systems, which are by their nature less likely to experience significant economic losses due to the presence of pests.

At the same time, suppression, understood as a reduction in the incidence or severity of the pests, complements prevention. This principle means that the goal is not to completely eradicate pests but to prevent anyone from becoming dominant or damaging the food production system.

2. Regular and Committed Inspection

The foundation of any effective pest management program is a schedule of regular inspections. For food manufacturers and producers, weekly inspections are very common, while some factories and factories do more frequent inspections. These routine inspections should focus on areas where pests are most likely to appear - receiving docks, storage areas, employee break rooms, locations of recent component spills, etc. Any potential entry points, food and water sources, or shelter areas that may encourage pest problems should also be identified.

3. Define specific tactics

Different pests have different behaviors. By identifying the problematic species, pests can be eliminated more efficiently and with less risk of harming other organisms. Professional pest management always begins with the correct identification of the pest in question. Ensure that your pest control service provider undergoes rigorous training in pest identification and behavior.

4. Analysis and treatment options

The Pest management experts and consultants stress the use of non-chemical control methods, such as exclusion or trapping, before resorting to chemical options. When other control methods fail or are unsuitable for the situation, chemicals in formulations that are less volatile, may be used in target areas to treat the specific pest.

In other words, you have to use the right treatments in the right places, and just as often as you need to get the job done. Oftentimes, the "right treat" will consist of a range of responses, from chemical treatments to baiting to baiting.

However, by focusing on non-chemical options first, you can ensure that your pest management program effectively eliminates pests with the lowest risks to the food safety program, non-target organisms, and the environment. What's more, your company will definitely see higher pest control scores come at the time of the review.

5. Monitoring and documentation

Because pest management programs are continuous operations, continuous monitoring of your facility for pest activity, facilities and operational changes can protect against infestation and help eliminate existing ones. Since your pest management provider most likely visits your facility biweekly or weekly, your staff should be the daily eyes and ears for the pest management program.

Staff should also be aware of sanitation issues affecting the programme. They should report any signs of pest activity. You don't want to lose a day when it comes to interacting with an actual pest.

It's audit time, you'll rely on one essential: documentation. Up-to-date pest control documentation is one of the first signs that your facility is taking pest control seriously. Important documents include scope of service, pest activity reports, service reports, corrective action reports, trap planning maps, approved pesticide lists, pesticide use reports and applicant licenses.

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