I know what you’re thinking: the pests that we battle in our facilities are the same year after year and there’s
nothing new in pest management. And in
a way, you’re right.
Every season, we fight the same
pests — rodents, cockroaches, flies and
stored-product insects. The food industry
has been at the forefront of Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) for decades now,
focusing on preventing pest issues and
not just responding once they happen.
That includes basic tools to prevent
infestations such as good sanitation,
exclusion, monitoring, trapping and
treatment when necessary. So what’s
really new here?
While monitoring devices have been
around — from pheromone traps and
insect light traps to rodent traps and bait
stations — we’re improving how we use
them. Documentation and reporting has
gotten significantly better, too, which
means we can get ahead of infestations
— saving food processing facilities time
Instead of just checking devices and
cleaning them out, we’re documenting
everything that’s going on in each device.
Pests are identified and counted. That
By Chelle Hartzer, B.C.E.