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" With IPM, you take actions to keep pests from becoming a problem,
such as repairing a hole and trapping rodents who could enter through
that hole, " Jashinske said. " PSSI Pest Solutions uses IPM to identify and
correct the root cause instead of treating the symptoms. "
The company offers comprehensive pest management with a food
safety focus. When dealing with food processing facilities, PSSI monitors
devices to identify where potential issues may occur and keep a close
eye on trending activity levels to identify where problems may exist,
then communicates corrective actions to reduce the risk to its partners.
PSSI relies on necessary pesticide applications in conjunction with
other IPM methods, such as habitat modification, exclusion, sanitation,
or other actions that will reduce risk, protect property, health, and the
environment.
" Like any other service industry, pest management is only as good as
its people, " Jashinske said. " Educating our teams on service is crucial to
the success of pest prevention. "
That includes identifying pest species to determine corrective
actions, proper selection or pesticides based upon the pest to be
controlled, the type of facility and the area of the facility to be treated,
and the appropriate documentation to meet state, federal, and thirdparty
audit specification requirements, according to Jashinske and
Hodnett.
From bugs to birds
An effective pest-control program begins with an understanding of
potential pests, their feeding habits, where and how they live and
various safe and effective methods of controlling and eliminating them.
In facilities where foods are produced, stored and sold, cockroaches,
flying insects, birds and rodents are some of the top offenders,
according to the Fairfax, Va.-based National Pest Management
Association.
Get bugs where they
live (hint: there's a
good chance it's in
a cardboard box).
Top billing goes to cockroaches, which can transmit diseases like
Salmonella, Vibrio cholera, and Staphylococcus aureus.
The best step in controlling them is to get them where they live,
according to the association. Cardboard boxes are a favorite residence.
It's crucial to seal and fill cracks and crevices throughout facilities where
food is being made.
When it comes to flying insects, houseflies and fruit flies are the most
common. A single housefly can carry up to 3.6 million bacteria. To
control them, you need to attack their breeding sites, which typically
means garbage. Sticky traps, baited jug traps or sticky ribbons are
effective ways to reduce the number of flies. Insecticidal sprays or fogs
can also be used to suppress them.
Integrated Pest Management inspection
THE TOOLS YOU'LL NEED
* Building map or floor plan to mark areas that may need
follow-up management or regular inspection.
* Standard flashlight and UV flashlight (good for detecting
rodent urine stains, which fluoresce under UV light).
* Knife or flat spatula to put into narrow cracks and crevices
to reveal where pests like to hide and where they seek shelter
and food. If a spatula fits in a crack in concrete, baseboards,
wallboards or underneath chalkboards, pests can hide there.
* Hand lens or jeweler's loupe magnifying glass for insect
identification.
* Vial for collecting any pests you might want identified.
* Telescoping mirrors lengthen from around 6 to 36 inches -
perfect for seeing behind or under hard-to-reach places.
Source: University of California - San Francisco
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