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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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Mosquito 101

As the weather heats up, so do mosquitoes. Summer is peak season for these threatening pests, whose bites can do more than just itch. Mosquitoes also can transmit diseases like the Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus. The good news? Everyone can do something to help prevent these pe …

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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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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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5 Common Food Safety Mistakes

As the largest commercial pest control provider in North America, Orkin services tens of thousands of restaurants, and while our primary job is restaurant pest control, we know that everything we do is really about food safety. If you’re in the restaurant business, you know how much time it takes …

Birds in Restaurants

Question: Why are birds such a problem around restaurants and other businesses? Answer: Pigeons, swallows, starlings, and other pest birds are attracted to commercial properties like kids to a candy store. They also cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year. Their droppings can de …

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Prepping For A Restaurant Inspection

Health inspectors and pests have one thing in common – they can both arrive at a restaurant unannounced. Since the main purpose of a health inspection is food safety, implementing the following procedures to your regular maintenance and sanitation routine at four common pest “hot spots” can help ens …

Beetles in Restaurant's Kitchen Question

Beetles in Restaurant's Kitchen Question: I have small, tube-like beetles in some of the dry goods I keep in my restaurant’s kitchen. What are they? Answer: Although you should reach out to a pest management professional to identify the exact type of infestation, it sounds like you have flour b …