The hygiene and safety of stored goods are important, and nothing is dreadful enough than the idea of pests crawling and breeding in them.
The impact of infestations isn’t hidden, and we know how serious the problem can become if not controlled on time. If proper pest management isn’t done, you can get tangled in a mesh of problems, from severe health hazards to other legal problems. That’s why, to help you out, we have come up with this brief on pest prevention.
So, look at this informative guide and protect your warehouses from pest infestations. Now, let’s catch those infiltrators!
Pest Prevention Tips For Warehouses
Warehouses can be the perfect breeding grounds for pests if they’re not well-maintained. Therefore, prevention is the best way to stop warehouses from becoming the ultimate home for roaches, rodents, and other warehouse pests.
Therefore in this guide on pest prevention, we’ll be talking about the best tips that should be followed to maintain hygienic warehouses and prevent pests from multiplying.
1. Have A Proper Stock Rotation System
A proper stock rotation system helps avoid the growth of pests in the stored food items. A rotation system like First-in/First-out (FIFO) is preferred to ensure stock is rotated correctly and the old stock goes into circulation first.
As old and untouched storage items invite pests to grow, having a FIFO system is a must. Common pests like Indianmeal moth and flour beetles won’t grow when the stock is well-rotated and cared for. Similarly, following an excellent rotation system can keep expired and easily damaged items in check.
2. Know The Foe
You can’t possibly prevent pests in warehouses without knowing who the actual culprits are and from where they originate. Knowing the foe is vital to prevent further multiplication and end their mischievous and unhygienic activities.
Here are some of the common pests found in warehouses.
- Other moths and bugs in stored items
Once you know the culprit of the disaster, preventing their growth becomes easy. All you have to do is find the trail of these guilty infiltrators, primarily open drain covers and unclean surroundings. After that, find the entry and exit points of the concerned pests and follow proper protocols like pest deterrents to prevent them, and their growth will cease.
2. Maintain Cleanliness
Disorganisation, improper dumping mechanisms, and uncleanliness encourage infestation. A cluttered and disorganised warehouse is heaven for rodents as they can hide their trails behind the mess and destroy stored items. Also, these tiny ferocious predators won’t only damage food but everything that comes their way.
That’s why proper hygiene and maintenance are essential to ensure the safety of your operations and those who depend on them. Setting proper cleaning standards and making suitable adjustments once in a while is a good start.
3. Have Relevant Pest Management Systems Installed
Depending on the pest that has invaded the space, you can follow different pest management mechanisms. Although different companies follow distinct pest management systems and protocols, some are common, like netting, sodium vapour lighting, spikes, and other insecticides that ward off pests.
4. Secure The Perimeters
How do rodents infiltrate warehouses? Through open cracks or crevices, right? Therefore, closing such entry and exit areas will benefit pest management and control. If there are open cracks in the roof, ground, or walls, it’s nothing but welcoming pests to taint the goods.
That’s why sealing any such cracks and securing the perimeters of the warehouse is ideal for dealing with such unwanted guests. Additionally, you mustn’t let doors or windows open for too long to restrict access to the warehouse. On that note, you must store goods above the ground and at least 18 inches away from walls to prevent easy access.
5. Plumbing Maintenance
Moisture is the mother hen of all pests that help them survive and grow in warehouses. Pests like roaches breed in places with moisture, specifically – areas with pipe leakages. If you block access to such moisture, they won’t survive for long or won’t enter the space in the first place.
Accordingly, proper maintenance of plumbing lines should be carried out to avoid moisture in warehouses. As moisture doesn’t only destroy unpacked food items stored in warehouses but also invites nocturnals to breed and survive, sealing moisture-ridden areas is important.
6. Contact Pest Control Management
No one can solve a problem like a professional, so you must contact pest control management to solve the infestation problem once it gets out of hand. Besides, it’s a norm, an established industry standard whereby pest control must be performed regularly to ensure the safety of goods stored in the warehouse.
A professional can aid you better by doing a one-up of your warehouse’s layout and providing a detailed approach to handling infestation properly. For efficient, fast, affordable pest control services on the Gold Coast, speak to our team. With GC Pest Control, your commercial or industrial pest problem can be eradicated in no time!
Preventing Warehouse Pest Problems
Routine checks must be performed to ensure the safety of stored goods. If not, the repercussions can be severe, like heavy fines or even cancellation of a licence in some instances. That’s why pest management is a necessary protocol that companies must carefully follow.
It is imperative to prevent an infestation before it becomes a severe problem and adds to your headache. We hope we were able to aid you in that and provide some insights on what should and shouldn’t be done during pest control management.
That was all from our end. Till then, be safe and don’t forget routine quality checkups of your warehouses!