Pantry Pest Eradication

Posted on: 17 January 2022

Pantry pests include moths, weevils, beetles, and other small insects that tend to hide inside flour sacks, rice bags, and other dry goods. Your food establishment is prone to an infestation if your building is not well-insulated or if your cleaning and storage habits are subpar. Use the following strategies to eradicate pantry pests and retain the ingredient staples you use to run your business.

The Disposal of Contaminated Goods

All products that are open should be inspected and poured into sealable containers. Eggs and larvae are often left behind by many pest varieties. These excrements can contaminate ingredients and make them unsafe for human consumption. Small black or brown specks, elongated sacks, and dead or living insects that are spotted during an inspection should be documented and any ingredients that have been affected should be separated from the other ingredients and disposed of.

A Pest Control Schedule

Introducing new ingredients into the pantry or prep area where food is made could potentially result in a pest infestation spreading. Indoor infestations that occur where edible items are stored will require the use of non-toxic pesticides. Avoid spraying or pouring any liquid or powder insecticides within your business. Consult with pest control services, to set up an inspection and pest treatment schedule.

The preliminary inspection may involve discovering where pests are harboring and identifying each species that is present. Different pest breeds may require distinct treatment products and applications. Before your pantry and kitchen are sprayed, you will have the opportunity to move ingredients, cookware, and other gear to an alternate part of your building.

The Treatment

Avoid having your place of business treated on a day that you are open for business. Small pests will likely scurry while they are being sprayed. This could result in pests spreading outward into the kitchen, dining, and reception area. The sight of pests within your business could deter some of your customers from returning. To ensure that your food establishment's atmosphere is properly handled, schedule the inspection and first spraying session for a day when your establishment will be closed.

This will allow the pest service providers to do their job in entirety. You will also have ample time to clean up dead bugs, disinfect surfaces, and reorganize all of the pantry staples that were temporarily moved to another part of the building. If it is discovered that your place of business is poorly-insulated, the application of weather stripping and caulk may aid with keeping pests outdoors. 

contact commercial pest control services for more information.