If you own a business that sells food, it is essential to maintain a pest-free environment. Pest activity in your business can damage your reputation, result in fines and a poor food hygiene rating. Maintaining a pest-free environment is essential to keep customers and employees safe. Ultimately, pest prevention is vital to comply with the law and food safety standards.
Our team addresses pest issues quickly, safely and discreetly. Not only this, our pest management contracts, which focus on prevention, will minimise the risk of future activity. In other words, you can rest assured that the best methods are in place to prevent new or recurring incidents. Most importantly, your brand and reputation are protected.
Pest management contracts for businesses that sell food are essential.
Businesses that serve food and drink with high customer turnover are an attractive location for pests. Pests can cause extensive damage to property, products and supplies. As a result, pest infestation can damage your reputation and income.
Pests can spread harmful diseases, carrying them on their bodies or in their excrement. Therefore, to prevent these dangerous diseases, it is vital to prevent pest activity in your business. We know that companies work hard to win customers and build a reputation. A lack of vigilance can damage your reputation. In short, a regular pest management contract is the most effective method to ensure long-term business success. If you own a food business, give us a call today for your free site survey.
At Mercury Pest Control, we work within the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is vital to maintain food safety and hygiene standards. IPM aims to have maximum impact on pests with minimal risk to the surrounding area. We know that pest management is far more complex than simply laying rodenticides. That’s why our technicians are skilled to assess and modify the environment to reduce the pest infestation risk in your business.
Our team will provide a bespoke solution to protect your business. We regularly assess our staff against BRC and SALSA compliance. We also know that each company is unique, and we take the time to deliver the best solution for your business. Our team has the skills and experience to work with you to ensure your site remains pest free, meets all audit requirements, and complies with the law. If you own or manage a food production site in London, give us a call today for your free on-site survey. Whether it’s a mill, a farm, factory or a brewery, we’ve got the expertise to work at them all.
What does a pest management contract include?
Our primary focus is to manage your business and to prevent pest issues. However, we know that all businesses are unique, which is why we tailor contracts to meet our customers’ needs. We will complete a detailed site survey to understand the risks posed and preventative acting as a first step. While each contract is unique, all will include as a minimum:
- Regular inspections. This ensures we are always one step ahead of the game for pest prevention.
- Internal and external pest proofing to prevent issues.
- EFK (electronic fly killer) servicing.
- Support for Environmental Health Officer (EHO) inspections
- Workforce training to recognise early signs of infestation, where pests are found and maintaining measures put in place.
If you own a food business, contact us today for your free site survey.
Our value is in our experience.
Our skilled technicians know what it takes to protect your business. All technicians hold a level two RSPH qualification and have more than ten years of experience. Not only this, but they are also experts in food hygiene and safety legislation. We will guide you through the steps to take to prevent pests in your business. As a result, you can focus on what you do best and rest-assure that pest management is in the experts’ hands.
Know the risks: food business pests
Pests in your food business can harm your reputation. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of the signs of pests, and this means that you can take action quickly:
Mice: can be attracted to food supplies in commercial kitchens. Not only do mice carry disease which can be harmful to health, but they can also damage your food supplies. Therefore, it is vital to store all food supplies in sealed containers. Once mice are present, they will breed rapidly, which means it is crucial to act quickly, and all staff must be aware of the signs of mice.
Cockroaches: enter premises through cracks and crevices in the walls and via the supply chain, for example, on products from suppliers. Therefore, it is essential to perform regular checks of all stock. Cockroaches are nocturnal and will actively avoid humans. In short, you are more likely to spot the signs of a cockroach than the insect itself. All staff must be aware of the signs of cockroaches and are alert to their risks. Signs of a cockroach include small round droppings, brown smear marks and shed skins and casings.
Ants: can enter your business through holes in walls or flooring. Due to the fact they are so small, they can penetrate the most minor cracks and crevices. Therefore, it is vital to repair any damage in your kitchen to prevent ants, such as holes in the floor, unsealed window pains, and cracks in the foundations. Additionally, food and drink spillages will attract ants, so meticulous hygiene is vital.
We have experience providing services to meet the following third-party audit standards:
- British Retail Consortium (BRC);
- IQFS; and
- The Soil Association
Our services also meet supermarkets’ manufacturing requirements, including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.
Frequently Asked Questions about food business pest management
Prevention is better than cure. That’s why our focus is to ensure that we manage the internal and external environment for your premises to reduce the risk of infestation. Our approach ensures we are always one step ahead of the game to protect your business. Not only is a pest infestation harmful to people’s health, it can ruin your reputation and your livelihood. Therefore, a regular pest management contract will protect your business and your customers.
First and foremost, our trained technicians will complete a free site survey. The purpose of this survey is to identify risks to your business. Following this, we will share our findings with you and set out a tailored pest management contract. London businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and we know that one size does not fit all. That’s why our technicians are dedicated to providing a solution that works for you.
As they say, prevention is always better than cure. Our proactive approach to pest management will reduce the risk of infestations in your business and ultimately protect your business and your livelihood. Not only this, the principles of effective pest management can contribute to exceptional food hygiene ratings and safe food for the public.