Not everyone may love eating, but every individual has to eat in order to survive. However, food poisoning hospitalizes or kills many individuals every year in the US. While it is true that there are times food is contaminated when it is being produced, disease-carrying pests can also cause food poisoning. Organic pest control can help ensure that you do not have to deal with the consequences that pests can bring to your food supply.


Many food establishments are very aware of the consequences that contaminated food can bring. Unsanitary conditions within food production establishments can lead to public health concerns and have the establishment facing very serious legal consequences. When it comes to pest control, sanitation is a key ingredient. This is because keeping things sanitary removes conditions that pests favor. This means that keeping things clean removes the sources of food and water for pests. When pests come in and take over a food establishment, it can result in harsh realities faced by the establishment and the consumers. First of all, the establishment can be facing losing the majority of its consumers. The diseases that pest can spread can also cause death when they contaminate food and then that food is contaminated.


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Pest control companies are a critical part of any food establishment. Pest management requires that procedures be documented on what methods and procedures are used for the control of pests. Professional companies know the best methods to use and can ensure that pests are removed and stay away.


There are many different types of pests, and each one comes with their own issues. The most common pests that are found in food establishments are rats, mice, flies, and cockroaches. A fly can actually carry diseases such as cholera and salmonella-sis (among others). Flies tend to only eat liquid, which means they use their saliva or vomit to liquefy solid foods. Flies also eat a lot, which means they are defecating all the time. You can pretty much assume that when a fly land on something, it is either defecating or vomiting, which causes major issues with sanitation.


Rodents not only eat food but urinate and defecate all the time. Mouse dander can be a trigger for asthma attacks. Salmonellosis and the plague (among other diseases) can be transmitted by rats. Cockroaches are extremely difficult to remove and spread over 30 different kinds of bacteria, 6 different types of parasitic worms, and at least 7 other types of human pathogens.


Pesticides can help control pests but are not the solution to the issue. Why? Because misusing pesticides can also contaminate food and have the establishment and the consumers facing dire consequences. It?s better to incorporate professional pest management into the food safety program for your establishment. This will not only reduce the use of chemical pesticide, which can have harmful effects but also eliminate the pest issue and keep the food from being contaminated. The last thing you want is for your establishment to get a reputation for producing contaminated food or for being unsanitary.