If you’re a restaurant owner or food processing facilities manager, the very thought of pests in or around your food probably keeps you up at night. When you first move into a new facility or discover a major pest problem, you may need to call in professional pest control to take care of the situation. But we aren’t your only line of defense. There are tons of natural, effective ways to prevent and maintain your space that will keep your food clean, safe, and free of harsh chemicals (and pests). Here are our top recommendations:
Opt for organic insecticides
“Pesticide” can sometimes sound like a dirty word. It conjures images of harsh chemicals that are unsavory and potentially dangerous. Although using chemicals may not always be necessary, it’s important to understand which chemicals are safest for food and for the environment so you can make an educated decision. Naturally occurring insecticides are often a safer option for chemical pest control than synthetic alternatives. Pest control specialists, such as our team at Horizon Pest Control, can explain the pros and cons of different chemicals and help you choose the best option so your needs.
Don’t underestimate homeopathic repellants
Most pests venture inside to find shelter and food. Although you can’t operate a restaurant without food, keeping food storage and preparation facilities clean and tidy can create a less hospitable environment that doesn’t encourage pests to set up shop. Making sure all lids are closed, bags are sealed and fresh produce is in a cooler or proper storage container is the first step. If you see early signs that pests have discovered your food, try to deter them with natural remedies. Soapy water or cucumber peels are known to drive away pesky ants. Taking you’re your garbage out a few times per day or using fly paper can eliminate houseflies that carry salmonella bacteria. Remove standing water that attracts mosquitos by draining your sinks and buckets during warm weather. Kill silverfish with natural, non-toxic bug traps in damp, dark areas. These simple steps can have a big impact.
Figure out where pests are nesting
If you have discovered evidence of furry pests (think: mice and rats), try to figure out where they’re nesting. There may be holes in your insulation that let rodents in, or old boxes and storage containers that make a nice bed for these types of pests. Do an inventory of your facility to see where pests may be living: eliminating these areas can often take care of the problem. If all else fails, box traps and glue boards are a safer alternative to poisons and chemicals.
Having pest problems in your facilities? Horizon offers a pest solution for food processing facilities. Make the call now!