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Pest control for food and beverage processing businesses

With over 50 years of expertise, we’re trusted by national and local food processing companies across Australia to advance their food safety standards.

When food and beverage manufacturing is at the core of your business, nothing can be left to chance. We understand the challenges your business faces when assessing and controlling risks throughout complex global supply chains. That's why we pioneer new technologies and deliver innovative solutions to offer the next-generation of products and services to help you increase transparency, proactively manage risks and ensure food safety.

Zero-tolerance pest control methods for the food industry

Rentokil is a significant pest services partner to the food & beverage Industry throughout Australia. From complex high volume production environments to smaller artisan industries, we works proactively with customers in the food industry to meet the requirements of third-party audits and provide pest control systems to improve operations across your business. Our comprehensive approach helps you meet the need for greater transparency and documentation in response to ever-increasing food safety risks.

This is how we ensure that our service offering caters to all your pest challenges:

Managing risk 24/7

Particularly in high-risk food areas, businesses are required to take a zero-tolerance approach to pest infestations. Rentokil's advanced connected solutions enable continuous 24/7 monitoring, proactive prevention, real-time response and control to support your statutory obligations.

Easy auditing and compliance

We understand your business needs to meet robust requirements against a backdrop of increasingly complex supply chains and stringent legislation. myRentokil is an online pest management system that provides traceability, transparency and analytic tools to support audit and compliance across all your sites.

Integrated pest management

Rentokil can implement comprehensive, integrated pest management programs tailored to your individual food processing site to ensure the highest levels of food safety across your entire business, fully supporting regulatory compliance and external audits with certifications and licences.

Keep control of costs

Our flexible package of pest control solutions is designed to protect Australian businesses effectively while delivering cost efficiency. Developed to support ongoing operational cost savings and mitigate risk to avoid pest issues which impact your bottom line.

Pioneering solutions

We adapt quickly to local changes (pest types, legislative demand) and take advantage of the latest technology and innovations to ensure our customers retain the highest levels of pest control. We protect against future pest control challenges with the latest, pioneering and industry-leading solutions.

Global reassurance

Rentokil ensures high quality, consistent solutions across all Australian customer sites. With operations in 80 countries and 19,000 certified pest control technicians, we work to rigorous Standard Operating Practices and service solutions which support local laws and regulations.

Integrated pest management

Rentokil employs a five-stage approach to pest control, focusing on strategic preventative measures rather than a tactical reactive program.

Design and construction

Pest control starts with the design and construction of the building; the internal and external layout as well as construction materials. The design and construction in itself should prevent harbourage of pests - deny access through doors, windows, vents, pipe work, drains etc. and minimise risk of access during business operations.

Pest control practices and training

Rentokil plans the actions needed to prevent a pest infestation, including physical, cultural and chemical methods and will provide recommendations to specify:

  • physical controls: maintenance of buildings to prevent access;
  • cultural controls: change operating procedures to prevent infestations, specify the frequency of monitoring, responsible persons, monitoring activities, reassessment and document of activities; 
  • sanitation controls: removal of food sources such as waste, spills and inappropriately stored food; removing harbourage;
  • chemical controls: how to eliminate pests with safe and approved pesticides suitable for use around businesses storing , preparing and displaying fresh and packaged foods and where members of the public are present;
  • an inspection regime to detect the presence of pests as early as possible, around and in buildings, in fittings, equipment, stored and displayed products and incoming supplies;
  • training of personnel;
  • document the control measures specified; to be made available for a review team and auditors/ inspectors

Pest monitoring and maintenance

Implement the control measures that provide the most effective results and ensure safety:

  • appoint trained personnel to be responsible for each area of the control measures. This can include appointment of internal or external experts for monitoring pests;
  • Assign adequate resources to implement the measures;
  • Implement the control measures and inspection regime according to plans;
  • Record actions and results in accordance with standards and legislative requirements

Response to pest outbreaks

In the event of a pest outbreak, clear identification of the pest is essential to determine the most appropriate control methods and preventive actions needed to avoid re-infestation. 

  • Pest species - Different species of closely related pests have different behaviour and biology that will require tailored treatment for best results
  • Origin - Has the pest been introduced in delivered goods or gained entry due to structural defects, poor maintenance, poor hygiene, decaying goods etc.
  • Potential damage - Does it pose a food safety risk to fresh, prepared or packaged goods; can it damage equipment, fittings or building structure
  • Potential harbourage - Conduct an inspection of the building and surroundings to identify harbourage places
  • Quantity - Estimating the quantity of pests will provide an indication not only of the extent of the problem but how long they have been established on the premises
  • Conducive conditions - Pests could be present due to supplier or transport issues, or environmental conditions which encourage or trigger pest infestations

Evaluation of the pest control program

Evaluate the effectiveness of the pest control program, this can include:

  • examining pest control operations;
  • reviewing operating procedures to reduce food sources, harbourage and contamination;
  • review preventive maintenance procedures;
  • documentation of the review;
  • recommend changes and improvements to the IPM program;
  • implement the recommended changes to the IPM program

Digital pest control

A range of IoT enabled pest management solutions providing commercial customers unrivalled pest data, insights and reporting to proactively prevent and manage pests.

About Rentokil

Our mission is Protecting people, enhancing lives. We do that by creating groundbreaking pest control innovations, by making our service solutions more sustainable and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.