Pass the Pest Test and Re-Open your Business After Lockdown in Herefordshire.
If you want to open up your business pest free in Hereford as the lockdown restrictions ease check out our handy guide below.
Whether you closed your business voluntarily prior to the lockdown or whether the Government’s rules forced you to close, the checklist below will help you to open up your business safely.
ARE YOUR PEST READY?
See our handy checklist below for tips on how to open your business pest-free.
Visit your business to check for pest activity:-
Inspect the interior and exterior of the premises for signs of pests or pest activity which may include the smell of urine; droppings; damage to the property or packaging and products; gnaw marks; eggs; shed skin; track marks; insect excrement and webbing. If you see a pest you know you have a problem!
If you left food items behind when you closed your business you may have attracted pests even if food stuffs were in sealed containers. Rodents can gnaw through packaging quite easily with their strong teeth so don’t assume your stored food is safe
Check for access points – mice can get through gaps as small as the end of a bic biro so keep your eyes peeled!
Look to see whether your neighbouring properties may have any visible evidence of pest activity
Make sure all routine maintenance jobs are carried out:-
Check for damage to property – rodents can gnaw through wood, cables and soft metals.
Check your water pipes and electricals.
Check your cold water tank for contamination from squirrel droppings and urine.
Carry out thorough cleaning and hygiene throughout site / premises:-
Thoroughly clean your premises to the required standards
Remove all waste and ensure it is collected or taken to a refuse site
Ensure all food sources are safely secured
Replace any damaged containers
Dispose of any contaminated foodstuffs or foodstuffs in damaged containers
Position containers off the ground
Check the condition of your pest management equipment:-
Bait boxes are in good condition and secured to the property where appropriate
Traps are in good working order
Check fly screens are secure and carry out repairs if damaged
Check electric fly killer machines are in working order and change bulbs if needed
Arrange for your electric fly machines to be serviced
Remember – carcasses must be disposed of safely
If you identify pest activity or a pest infestation, make sure you deal with it quickly and safely
A PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROLLER CAN SPOT THE SIGNS FOR YOU
Do you have a pest controller?
If your business kept its pest management programme going during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown period, then your business should already be well prepared to re-open this month.
Food businesses – know the law!
As a food business, the law says that you must keep your premises pest free. There are some key pieces of legislation that you need to be aware of:
Food Safety Act 1990