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Food Preparation

Two chefs working in a commercial kitchen.

It is a legal requirement that businesses involved in food preparation have a pest control system in place. PestControl.co.uk offers an expert service, including the use of field biologists, to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep your property pest free and remain in compliance with the law.

Pest Prevention

There are a number of pests that pose a health and safety risk for food preparation areas. These include rats, mice and cockroaches. However studies have shown that the biggest threat is posed by flying insects.

There are a number of pest control measures which can be taken in food preparation areas to reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation. These include:

  • General hygiene. First and foremost the area should be hygienic. This involves a regular cleaning regime and proper disposal of refuse. Making sure that bin bags are placed in bins both inside and outside for instance, as rodents could chew through exposed plastic bags.
  • Proofing. Proper insect and rodent proofing is another essential aspect of a pest control system. This involves making sure any cracks or holes in exterior walls are filled in, and that doors and windows have appropriate screens  installed.
  • Building maintenance. Pests will not only be attracted to sources of food, but to water as well. That is why it is important you do not suffer from leaking pipes, blocked drains or anything else that will create sources of water for pests.
A cockroach on a dirty kitchen counter.

As part of the service from PestControl.co.uk our field biologists and pest control technicians will survey your property for conditions that could cause a problem. We will then create a report, and advise you on how to resolve any issues. The pest control operative will then carry out the necessary steps to make your food preparation area safe.

What to do if you have a Pest Infestation

There are a number of signs of a pest infestation that can be spotted before you actually see a pest on your property. For instance you may find droppings, dead pests, or gnawing of wood or wires (rodents).

If you do suspect that you have a pest control problem, please get in touch as soon as possible. We are available 24 hours a day and can guarantee a quick response. Our pest control operatives will be able to offer a fast and discreet service, getting rid of the pests as soon as possible and removing the conditions that led to them in the first place.