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Checklist: What to Do After Extreme Weather Events

From tornadoes and tropical storms to floods and droughts, all of these extreme weather events could have a lasting impact once they hit your property. And it can be hard for any facility to battle the potential destruction that could follow. While most facility managers are more worried about how t …

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How to Make Your Facility A “No Fly Zone”

Unlike aircrafts, there should be absolutely no areas in your facility that allow flies to fly— a no-fly zone at all times. Flies are some the nastiest pests in commercial environments, leaving potentially dangerous pathogens as they travel from surface to surface. They breed quickly …

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Top 4 Flies Found in Food Processing Facilities

Flies are no big deal, right? They’re only about 1/4 of an inch and you can just simply swat them away if they become a nuisance. But actually, a fly sighting in your facility usually means there’s a bigger problem—not something you can just swat away. They carry a wide variety dis …

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The Top 3 “Hot Spots” Inside Your Facility

As much as you prioritize keeping pests out of your facility, something has slipped past your preventive measures. You’re not alone – food processing facilities have so much to offer pests. From dry goods and moisture to warmth and dark spaces. To help you narrow down your search for invaders, we’ve …

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Top 6 Prime Points for Pest Entry in Your Facility

Food manufacturing facilities are subject to exacting standards established to protect human food products from contamination. These requirements necessitate a food safety plan to help you comply with FSMA regulations – a plan that must take pest control into co …

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Top 3 Pests with an Appetite for Your Facility

All pests are attracted to food, water and shelter. But some are more determined than others.  And with an abundance of raw ingredients and food product in your facility, there’s more pressure on you to ensure you take a proactive stance to protect it all f …

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Checklist: Working the Bugs Out of the Supply Chain

As food manufacturing regulations continue to become more stringent, preparedness must remain at the heart of your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program – especially when it comes to your supply chain. The goal of IPM is to prevent pest problems before they happen, prioritizing facility mainte …

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The 5 Weak Links in Your Supply Chain

A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link – it takes only one infested delivery truck to cause a delay in the production of your goods. And just one crack in a wall can invite pests into your food manufacturing facility … and every other facility your goods travel through onc …

5 Ways to Lose Points on Your Audit

With vast amounts of product coming in and out of your facility daily, food safety is a top concern - and you don’t want pests breaking and entering to threaten that safety. Pest invaders are not only a nuisance, but can cause product loss, reputation damage for your business and deductions during a …

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A 60-Second Guide to Acing Your Audit

When it comes to third-party audits in the food processing industry, there’s no room for error with your pest control program. That’s why it’s important to constantly work toward helping keep your facility pest-free. Audit-ready pest control at your facility starts with an Integrated Pest Managem …

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Must-Ask Questions to Help Strengthen Your Ant Defense

If ants are marching through your property, you better believe they are ready to go to war. With colonies that can number into the hundreds of thousands of ants, these tiny pests are tough to defeat. (Learn even the smallest details about ants by downloading our free Antcyclopedia). When you call …

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How to Prepare for your Next Audit

Third-party food safety audits are a serious matter for food processing facilities. Just one low score can drive companies that purchase your products to lose trust in your business. With so much riding on a good score, it’s important to understand how to be audit-ready. (To learn more about the new …

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Sanitation and Storage Best Practices: Test Your Knowledge

Proper sanitation and storage practices are crucial to food safety and effective pest management. These are preventive controls that are essential to your food safety plan – learn more about what should be included by downloading our free Food Safety Modernization Act Special Report. Failing in eith …

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Is Your Pesticide Storage Audit-Ready?

Your audit is quickly approaching, and you’ve made sure your documentation is in order, plus checked all the pest control hot spots around your facility. The third piece of the pre-audit puzzle is pesticide storage. While pesticide should not be stored on site if the company has a contracted pest ma …

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How Well Do You Know Stored Product Pests?

As essential as your ingredients are to your business, they’re also important to the stored product pests for which they’re a primary food source. These pests are capable of causing major damage to stored goods resulting in lost product and profits. These pests are fast breeders, so it’s important …

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A Guide to Your Facility’s Pest Control Hot Spots

Staying on top of maintenance and sanitation is a constant challenge — especially when it comes to food safety. So we’ve teamed up with NSF International to provide a series of free tips that can help ensure your facility is protected from head to toe against pests and the diseases they can carry. …

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How to Avoid Poor Documentation

In food safety, the margin for error is wafer-thin. And with the number of factors—both internal and external—that can ultimately make or break your success, it can be difficult to stay on top of things. But pest control is not something you should let slip through the cracks. From failed audits …