The Importance of Equipment Sanitation at Your Food Processing Facility

Your food processing operations are a well-oiled machine. And speaking of well-oiled machines, your processing equipment is not only the lifeblood of your production, it can be the lifeblood for pests without proper attention.

Your equipment is an important investment that you need to keep investing in with stringent sanitation protocols. Clean, well-maintained equipment lasts longer and is less likely to present an attractive survival spot for pests. Pests – especially cockroaches, ants and rodents – can and will sandwich themselves in the tight concealed spaces your equipment can supply and sustain themselves with organic buildup.

That means equipment sanitation is a key component to your pest control solution:

  1. Decent Dining – Sure your final product is food-grade material, but for pests, any organic matter is ample. They can find food and moisture buildup on mixers, blenders, batching and dispensing equipment.

  2. Convenient Cover – Squeezing machines into tight spaces may maximize your operations, but it makes it very hard to sufficiently clean and sanitize and gives pests an opportune hiding spot.

  3. Happily Humid – The drains under your equipment are susceptible to organic buildup. And with the prolonged heat of running equipment, they make for a marvelously moist environment where pests thrive.

Though regularly cleaning your equipment may seem like a daunting task, it pays off in the long run. (Want to check your sanitation acumen? Take our 15-question quiz on food safety and sanitation.) Keep your employees on the lookout for any suspicious activity and make sure they do more than just a surface-clean. To learn more about places within your facility that may be pest-friendly, download our free report: Outside In: Mapping Food Processing’s Pests Hot Spots.

Resources

More on Food & Beverage Processing

On Demand Audit Preparation

Orkin Wins Food Processing Readers Choice Award

Orkin Wins Food Processing Readers’ Choice Award 2007

The Wright Group

Turano Florida Bun

Tyson Foods

Tarrier Foods Corporation 2014

The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated

Carolina Beverage Group

Petco

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.

877-819-5097

Find a Branch

Our local technicians are the pest experts in your area.

Request a Free Audit

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your business.

Pest Control that gets the job done

INDUSTRIES

Food & Beverage ProcessingFoodserviceGovernmentHealthcareHospitalityLogisticsMultifamilyNon-Food ManufacturingOffice Property ManagementPharmaceutical

© 2021 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers