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Keeping your environment pest-free is vital, not only for the health and safety practices of your business, but also for your reputation. There are essentially four basic steps to maintaining a well-managed Pest Control Program within hospitality environments.
1. Inspection. The first involves thorough inspection of your environment. This will provide you with a basic understanding of where the pests may be residing, and traveling, so that pest control deterrents can be placed most effectively.
a) Rodents, cockroaches and flies usually leave behind some evidence – look for droppings, cast skins and egg cases.

b) Inspect rubbish bins, sinks, drains, kitchen equipment, electrical boxes or outlets, and cracks, crevices or voids where pests may have taken up residence. If you find any holes or likely nest entries, or accessways, block them up. Steel wool, copper mesh or concrete are all useful cavity fillers.

c) If you suspect activity, place an insect detector nearby. This will help you to monitor the suspected problem areas, and provide you with a good insight into what type of pest you may have and how large the infestation may be.
2. Good hygiene is one of the most vital elements in sustainable pest control. Regularly clean rubbish bins, sinks, floors and kitchen equipment and ensure all food and scraps are cleared away before leaving overnight. Keep all food that is left on the premises in sealed, air tight containers. Cover rubbish bins tightly and clean waste disposal areas frequently. And keep your outside rubbish bins as far away from your buildings as possible.

3. Secure your premises to prevent pests entering. Ensure there are tight weather seals around doors and windows, cap any drains, and block any holes that provide access to wall cavities (no matter how small). If you regularly open doors or window for ventilation, install screens.

4. Be aware of your external environment too. By including your pest management programme in your external environment too, you will have a good chance of controlling them before they consider entering indoors. Rodents like long grass to hide from birds, and can use tall trees to climb and enter your roof cavity.

Restaurant_family_shotThe pests that seem to be an issue for almost every food service company we deal with, are flies, cockroaches and rodents. With the correct procedures in place, carried out consistently over time, in conjunction with proper pesticide application, pest problems can be significantly reduced and controlled.

Your local Ecomist franchisee can visit your premise, and provide recommendations for a customised Pest Control programme that will best suit your needs, and your budget. Get in touch today.

 

 

Six signs you have rodents on your property

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Are you covered this winter?
Does Your Insurance Company Cover Rodent Damage?
Now we are full swing into the winter season, many pests go into hibernation mode. They want to stay indoors keeping warm, making nests and looking for food supply.
While some insects die off over the winter months,rodents are still on the hunt. They are in search of three main things during the winter; food, water and warmth.
The most common types of rodents are the Norwegian rat, the roof rat, and field mouse. They can produce up to 200 offspring in one season! Rodents are looking for a warm, dry home and an abundant food supply to survive the winter.
It’s important to identify the first signs of rodents nesting in your home before it becomes a costly insurance claim or finding out later that you are not covered for rodent damages.
Mice and rats can chew through electrical wires, nest under floors, between walls and in the ceiling. They spread diseases in the home by contaminating food and surfaces. Rats are territorial and produce an oil which they leave behind as part of a scent marking for other rats and rodents.
Rats and mice like to have their nests close to any food, so surveying the area near where you store your food is a good place to start.

What are some of the tell-tale signs you may have pests in your home this winter?

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  1. Your kitchen, rooms or food storage cupboards look like it has been raided overnight, and there are visible signs of feces and urine left behind.
  2. Damage to your property like newspapers, felt, clothing or materials that are used for nests.
  3. Check leaking pipes as thirsty rats and mice can chew through the pipes to get to the water source.
  4. You or your guests can hear scratching sounds coming from the walls or roof. It is unusual to see rats and mice as they are nocturnal.
  5. A smell can be detected if a rodent has died somewhere on your property.
  6. Your electrical appliances or lighting are affected or stop working.

 

If you notice any one of these signs, it is recommended for health and safety reasons to take immediate action. This winter while you enjoy staying indoors, keep an eye out for rodents on your property
If in doubt contact us to find out if you have a rodent infestation and how our friendly pest control management team can help you.

 

Stop the Flea Lifecycle

Pet owners know when flea season hits as bites appear on the kids, seeing baby fleas on the legs and feet, and cats and dogs show the visible signs of irritation. But these can affect businesses, hotels, motels, childcare and schools and anywhere that has carpets, some dust and warm conditions can be prone to becoming a flea haven. These fleas and eggs can be transferred by clothing, cars and pets, which means they can get into any business and cause havoc. At this point the first cycle of fleas has begun and the next step is immediate treatment to successfully eliminate the adult fleas from hatching more eggs.

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