Shut your doors to pests
No matter whether you’re a large supermarket chain or a small, independent shop, food retailers are always subject to pests. But just one infestation could do serious damage to your business, through loss of stock, customer illness, reputation damage, or health and safety sanctions.
Fresh stock is at risk of being targeted by hungry pests, while sealed food can be contaminated by waste and crawling pests. If an infestation gets out of hand, it can result in not only the cost of lost stock, but also the risk of failing health and safety inspections leading to fines or even closure of the premises.
Common Pests in Food Retail
Rodents are the biggest pest found in storage areas, attracted to the food and opportunities for shelter. They can easily chew through boxes, pallets, and packages, using the shredded materials for their nests while eating through food stocks.
Fresh foods, either in storage or on deli, butcher, and fish counters, will attract flies. Preventing flies from contaminating stock is essential as they carry billions of disease-causing bacteria and pathogens on their bodies.
Food waste can attract a wide variety of pests, from rodents and flies to ants and even foxes. All food waste should be stored and disposed of appropriately to reduce the attraction to pests - heavy lidded bins are a must. Waste that is stored too close to the building may also encourage pests to enter, so appropriate prevention measures should be taken.
Dealing with Pests in Food Retail
Food retailers in particular have a range of potential infestation concerns; with a variety of fresh and cooked food counters as well as storage of non-perishable items, there are plenty of areas to consider. JPS Environmental are experienced pest control experts, handling each area of your store with targeted treatments while tackling the underlying causes to prevent pests reappearing.
Identifying the source of pest problems and utilising pest proofing measures can help prevent pests returning. JPS Environmental offer one-off pest control as well as annual pest management contracts that offer peace of mind that all of your pests will be taken care of proactively and safely.