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The category “Stored Product Insects” covers a large number of insects that can infest a variety of stored products, in particular foodstuffs such as grains, cereals, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and even tobacco.
Stored product insects are a health hazard for both private homes and businesses like food processing plants, warehouses, bakeries, stores, restaurants, mills, farms and silos. They can also cause enormous economic losses by damaging and contaminating food products. Any contamination caused by these pests will make your food unfit for human consumption.
Businesses like food processors or grain storage facilities can greatly benefit from an ongoing professional pest management program to contain and eliminate pest infestations along with high standards of hygiene and sanitation, including stock rotation practices in accordance with any applicable regulations.
Contact Rentokil to talk to an expert about stored product insect control.
Discovering pests in your stored foodstuffs can be distressing. Not only will they contaminate foodstuffs, but they will most likely spoil and damage any food they come into contact with. In your home, this may mean you throw out some stored flour or sugar but in your business, the financial loss from damaged goods will be much higher.
It is important to be able to identify the earliest signs of a problem to enable a quick solution and to put in place a guaranteed control measure which prevents a re-infestation.
How to Identify Pests in Food
Common signs of stored product insects include:
If you suspect a problem, it is also worth knowing where these pests may be hiding. Stored product pests can live in dried products such as tobacco products, stored grain, dried fruits, milled and processed cereal products, sweets, cheese, meat and any other dried food as well as dry ginger and dried fish.
Since stored product insects are normally found in food and products meant for human consumption, the products in question must be removed and destroyed in such a manner that their destruction will not disperse the infestation. Alternately the products must be treated in such a way that presents no risk to the end product, but that eliminates the pest problem entirely.
Rentokil’s professional pest control services can help your business with effective management, ensuring minimum disruption to your operation and full compliance with health and safety and any food legislation obligations.
Rentokil’s pest management process
To ensure that your pest problem is dealt with most effectively, we provide solutions that focus on three key areas:
Prevention of Stored Product Insects
Prevention solutions can be implemented as a first line of defense to ensure that an infestation is avoided:
Inspections and ongoing monitoring
If left undetected, pest infestations can rapidly spread to other areas of your premises. Ongoing monitoring of the following should be part of an integral pest management system:
Professional Stored Product Insect control treatment
Rentokil offers various targeted pest control treatments to deal with a stored product insect infestation. Some of the treatments include:
If you have spotted the above signs of a stored product insect infestation, contact Rentokil to protect your reputation and put in place a solution to keep these pests out of your business.