Pests like cockroaches, flies and rodents can contaminate products at any point in the supply chain. Whether they are introduced before, during or after product enters your facility, you don’t want your business to be blamed for a pest problem. That’s why we developed this comprehensive guide to identifying and addressing pest problems in the supply chain. Here are the key takeaways to keep in mind:
Catching a pest problem early on can save your team from a pest-provoked headache in the long run. That’s why it is critical to perform routine inspections of your facility and check shipments upon arrival. If you catch a pest problem upon arrival of a shipment, you can accurately diagnose the problem and better identify the point at which pests contaminated the product. Your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program should include protocols for these inspections, but be sure to review your procedures as pest pressures change throughout the year to avoid an infestation.
Pests are sneaky and can manage to work their way into any facility. Keep an eye on these potential pest hotspots for signs of pest activity.
- Processing facilities: Your facility and your suppliers’ facilities all offer plenty of food, water and shelter that pests need to survive. Check around your facility and be sure that your suppliers are maintaining IPM programs in their own facilities.
- Transportation vehicles: If transportation vehicles are harbouring pests, your facility’s cleanliness does not matter in the grand scheme of things. Check vehicles for signs of pest activity before loading shipments.
- Packaging: Packaging can tell you a lot about the integrity of product. Check for chew marks, holes, urine stains and discarded wings when you receive a shipment.
- Warehouses: Because there are so many moving pieces coming in and out of your warehouses every day, routine monitoring is needed to ensure no pest problem slips through the cracks.
Staying ahead of pest problems is the best way to protect your leg of the supply chain. Work the bugs out of your facility by downloading this guide to managing pests in the supply chain and call Orkin Canada today to schedule a free consultation.
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