Stored product insects are so small that you may not notice a problem at first, but always look out for the following tell-tale signs that indicate these pests’ presence in your premises. They are commonly found in food storage areas, beams, windowsills, food processing machinery, packaging and food products.
Damage - can be found on raw materials and foodstuffs
Live or dead weevils - emerging and leaving visible exit holes in grains
Infected grain - will appear as damp, mouldy and even grain germination when it is warmer
Floury dust - created as adults move from one food source to the next
Moulded goods - insects such as flour and grain beetles can cause discoloration of goods and make them prone to moulding
Holes in packaging - inspect for any cracks and gaps between the packaging
i) Product damage - Incurs direct cost from the raw materials damage caused by SPIs
ii) Food contamination - SPIs leave their waste and body parts of food
iii) Rejected goods - Customers may return your products after finding SPIs, incurring wastage costs
iv) Fine and penalty - Department of health can fine companies if they are not complying to the rules and regulations enforced
v) Negative publicity - Customers may lose their trust and confidence in companies with contaminated goods
If you are worried about grain beetles, a professional service can help to get rid of these stored pests effectively.
Rentokil pest experts approach provides rigorous protection for your property:
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