Marinas: Ships, Rigs, Barges and Boats
Ships seem to be a breeding ground for pests. There are many places for them to hide and since many ships go from port to port and country to country, the likelihood of their bringing with them new and FOREIGN pests are quite probable. This covers insects as well as rodents, especially rats.
Stowaways are quite common on boats for many reasons. Some arrive aboard as the many vessels in our area travel to and from the islands. Others arrive by merely walking down the dock lines. Others still may fly aboard.
Bugs and rodents are not welcome in your home and should not be tolerated on your ship or boat. We will work with you to develop a program to address your marine pest control needs.
When you rent storage units, you want to be assured that your belongings aren’t going to be infested with vermin and bugs when you’re ready to collect them. Nobody wants to arrive at their house and find rodents or insects crawling all over their possessions; the same applies for those who rent storage units.
Without pest control, your customers precious antiques, furnishings and appliances can be inundated with ants, cockroaches, fleas, termites, and other insects. This is not only unfortunate when their items are in storage, but worse if they plan to bring anything back into their home. Not having storage unit pest control can lead to insects eating away at their furnishings, clothing, and musical instruments, among other things. This can lead to outraged clients and potential law suits for negligence.
We have the expertise to eradicate pest problems before they even begin. Our team of professional technicians can give you consistent protection which results in you having consistent confidence your customers belongings are safe from infestation damages.
A well managed restaurant pest control program starts with three basic steps:
* Inspection. We will inspect your restaurant to find where the pests are harboring, traveling, so that can decide where to concentrate pesticide applications.
◦ Inspect possible harborages or hiding spots for live pests, feces, cast skins and egg cases. Rodents, roaches and flies usually leave behind some evidence of active infestations.
◦ Inspect trash bins, sinks, floor drains, kitchen equipment, wall voids, electrical outlets, electrical boxes, any hollow tubing on appliance legs and any other crack, crevice or void where a rodent or insect may have taken up residence.
◦ Using varying methods such as to place glue boards near suspected infestations. This will help monitor suspected problem areas, and let us know what type of pest you have and where to apply treatment.
* Proper sanitation is one of the key elements in pest control. Trash bins, sinks, floors and kitchen equipment should be cleaned as often as possible, and especially before leaving overnight. Any one of these areas could potentially lead to a pest infestation if left unchecked.
* Exclusion means keeping the pests out before they become a problem. We make sure there are tight weather seals around doors and windows; caulk any openings leading to wall voids and never leave doors or unscreened windows open. Treating for pests outside may also stop them from invading indoors.
The three pests that seem to be a problem in almost every food service company are roaches, flies and rodents. When the three steps above are followed consistently over time, in conjunction with proper pesticide application, pest problems can be reduced and controlled.
When dealing with roaches, our treatments may only need to be limited to cracks, crevices and wall voids as this is where roaches spend most of their time.
Fly management in restaurants can be a challenge with because flies just fly right in when deliveries are being made, the trash is taken out, or when customers are entering. Flies, like roaches, are usually associated with poor sanitation procedures. Areas that are not cleaned properly or where standing water is left unchecked are potential problem areas. Again we would conduct a thorough inspection should be performed to find fly breeding areas.
• Check garbage cans, loose floor tiles, floor and sink drains, behind and under equipment.
• There are many types of flies that will invade a food service environment such as drain flies, fruit flies, vinegar flies, phorid flies, blow flies and common house flies. Treatment for each fly is a bit different but our expertise in treatments should be followed to maintain a proper fly management program.
• Fly control should begin with stopping the flies from entering the facility. Eliminate flies at the trash dumpsters before they move indoors by keeping these areas as clean as possible and closing dumpster lids when not in use.
• Sink and floor drains are major breeding grounds for many types of flies and should be kept extremely clean. An enzyme based cleaner should be used in the drains at least once a week to eliminate the organic matter that the flies breed in.
Rats and mice are notorious for finding their way indoors. They can find even the tiniest crack in a structure and force there way in.
• We will locate as many entry points as possible and seal them.
• Keep dumpster areas as clean as possible and keep lids closed when not in use.
• Keep grassy areas mowed to eliminate possible hiding spots.
• If a rat or mouse infestation already exists in a commercial kitchen call us right away, immediate action will be necessary. Treating for rodent infestation yourself is not recommended. The use of rodenticides (rat poison or mouse poison) is usually inappropriate in indoor areas. A rodent could succumb to the effects of the bait and die in an area that is inaccessible causing a horrible stench, flies, maggots, roaches, and beetles
Food Processing Plants
All meat and poultry processing facilities, regardless of size, must have a written Sanitation program. One section of the Sanitation program (9 CFR 416.2(a), is the control of pests: insects, rodents, and birds. GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices) specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) clearly specify that pests cannot be present in the food-processing environment (CFR Title 21, Part 110.35. To prevent infestation, the processor must create a proactive program for stopping these pests from threatening the safety and quality of the product.
The pest control program is a stand-alone program and is also a part of the plant’s food safety system. Most small food plants contract the program to a pest control company because the processor lacks the personnel and expertise to run such a program. Of course, a pest control contractor should be reputable and have proper training and experience. A pest control contractor must provide records and reports to the processor verifying that the program is effective and operating successfully, of which we do. This verification is usually done through visual inspection for pests and/or evidence of pests in the plant or product. The processor must maintain these records with the plant’s hazard analysis records to prove that the contracted pest control program is effective. The verification records should include evidence of contractor training and certification to apply pesticides in a food manufacturing environment, and evidence that the pesticides are approved for such use.
Items included in a pest control program:
1. Pest control procedures — The activities performed to control each type of pest. The written procedures should be detailed and include frequency of action.
2. Record keeping — The documentation of each performed activity. These records must be accurate, up-to-date, and include inspection for evidence of pests in each plant area.
3. Responsible individuals — The person(s) who are charged with performing pest control procedures and record keeping. Also, the supervisor responsible for signing off on reviewed records.
4. Deviation — Evidence of a pest problem is a subjective determination that requires expertise. For example, periodically finding a cockroach under a trash can may be acceptable, but finding many cockroaches would be a deviation. A deviation has occurred when an allowable limit has been exceeded.
5. Corrective measures — These are written action steps in the plan that will be performed if there is a deviation from the pest control program. Often, they may include increasing control procedures, retraining of employees, cleaning up the area, etc.
6. Verification and validation — Written scientific evidence that the procedures are effective at controlling pests. This material is often available from chemical, trap, and pest control equipment makers. Also, verification is documentation of visual inspection for evidence of pests.
Common pests in the processing plant and ways to control them:
Cockroaches: There is no insect, other than the housefly, that is more easily recognized and detested than the cockroach. Cockroaches have been shown to transmit diseases including pathogenic food borne bacteria such as salmonella, Vibrio cholera, Staphylococcus aureus, and others both in the insect’s gut and on its exterior surface. harbor the insects or their eggs cases). This is done by sealing and filling cracks and crevices and maintaining a sealed, smooth surface throughout the plant in production and nonproduction areas. Seal junction boxes, receptacles, and control panels. Seal openings around conduits and pipes where they pass through walls and ceilings. Inspect incoming shipments (packaging, ingredients, etc.) and reject infested shipments. Chemical control requires that EPA permitted insecticides be used in the food plant. These products are generally formulated as sprays, aerosols, or dusts. Dry powders and dusts, such as boric acid and insecticide powders, take advantage of the cockroaches’ habit of preening themselves. It is important to understand that no pesticide can be used in a food processing plant unless EPA has approved such use.
Detection: Each species has specific habitat preferences, although any species could be found in a food plant building. A good way to detect cockroaches is to enter a darkened production or storage area, turn on the lights, and quickly look for roaches scurrying back into hiding. Cockroaches also may be found by inspecting inside electrical junction boxes, receptacles, and control panels, or by looking behind objects and in floor drains. Glue traps often are a good monitoring device; some come equipped with a pheromone attractant. The use of flushing gases (a number of pyrethroid aerosol products are very good for this purpose) is a common method of driving them out in the open. These materials are so highly repellent that a single squirt into a suspect crack or crevice can cause the roaches to come boiling out into the light. Also, look for droppings and egg cases that indicate their presence. Control of cockroaches starts with elimination of harborage (especially cardboard boxes that could harbor the insects or their eggs cases). This is done by sealing and filling cracks and crevices and maintaining a sealed, smooth surface throughout the plant in production and nonproduction areas. Seal junction boxes, receptacles, and control panels. Seal openings around conduits and pipes where they pass through walls and ceilings. Inspect incoming shipments (packaging, ingredients, etc.) and reject infested shipments. Chemical control requires that EPA permitted insecticides be used in the food plant. These products are generally formulated as sprays, aerosols, or dusts. Dry powders and dusts, such as boric acid and insecticide powders, take advantage of the cockroaches’ habit of preening themselves. It is important to understand that no pesticide can be used in a food processing plant unless EPA has approved such use.
Flying insects: The most common flying insects are the housefly and fruit fly. A single housefly has been estimated to carry up to 3.6 million bacteria. Flies transmit disease by spending part of their life in direct contact with or in close contact to fecal matter or decaying material. Flies must liquefy their food before ingestion, so they secrete salvia (often called vomitus) on surfaces. The movement of flies from unwholesome food sources to fresh food products, processing equipment, and other surfaces provides many opportunities to transmit disease-causing bacteria. Removal and elimination of breeding sites is a key to fly control. This primarily involves the availability of garbage. Garbage must be located away from doors and removed frequently, and waste disposal areas must be properly maintained. Next, flies must be excluded from entering the food processing facility. This includes using air curtains (air screens) and/or doors that close automatically. Electrocution traps with blue fluorescent light traps are effective in reducing flying insects, including flies. One drawback to these electrocution traps is that they literally cause the fly to explode, throwing aerosolized fly matter into the air. Because those particles can drift down some distance from the trap, it is best to place these traps away from food-handling areas, or well removed from food-handling surfaces in those areas. Blue-lighted sticky traps, baited jug traps and strips, or sticky ribbons are a safer alternative in these areas. Dead flies should be removed from traps at regular intervals. Catch basins of electrocution traps or jug traps and strips should be cleaned daily. Sticky devices should be replaced at least once a week. Other commercial methods utilize insecticidal sprays to suppress flies, but exclusion should be the main line of defense.
Pests of stored products: These primarily include insects that use the food as both nourishment and a habitat. They are usually small insects that infest and destroy foods during all stages of their life cycles. This group includes beetles, weevils, borers, and moths. Stored product pests are not generally associated with disease, as are cockroaches and flies, but they are considered a major food contaminant. As a group, they prefer dry products such as cereal grains and flours, but other foods such as nuts and dried fruits may be infested, as well. Weevils infest stored grain and cause economic losses worldwide. The life cycle for most weevils is four to five months, and they can infest nearly every cereal grain. Flour moths lay their eggs in flour or meal where the larva destroys the product, and they are important grain pests. A variety of beetles can infest foods and food ingredients. These include grain beetles, flour beetles, and others. Prevention: The purchase of quality, pest-free grain and food ingredients is the first step to prevention Regular cleaning of storage areas and processing equipment to remove ingredient spills and accumulated dust is also important.
Rodents: Rodents include rats and mice. They must be controlled in and around a food plant because rats and mice carry and transmit disease, and they can cause significant economic losses by damaging food containers, contaminating food with rodent droppings, and consuming food. Two major species of rats are found in and around human habitation: the Norway rat and the roof rat. The common mouse species prevalent around human population in the U.S. is the house mouse. Both rats and mice reproduce rapidly, rats having 20 offspring per year and mice up to 35 young per year. Both mammals are primarily nocturnal, but they leave behind several signs of infestation.
Signs of rodents: 1. Droppings — Fecal matter is a sign of rodent presence, and the amount of it can indicate the extent of the infestation. 2. Visual sightings — Seeing rats or mice often indicates a serious and probably well-established infestation, but most experts believe that visual sightings are the least reliable indicators. 3. Noises — Shrill squeaks, gnawing sounds, and scurrying sounds could be caused by rodents. 4. Smudge marks — Rodents emit oily lipid material from their fur and leave greasy smudges at entry points and frequent travel paths. Rat smudge marks are often more noticeable than those left by mice. 5. Tracks — Coating the area around suspected entry points and travel ways with talc, chalk, or flour can detect tracks and tail marks to identify locations for bait station or trap placement. 6. Gnawing — Both rats and mice chew and gnaw materials, which is a sure sign of rodent presence. Rats and mice are known to gnaw the insulation of electrical wires, causing fire hazards. Mice are known to cause extensive damage to insulation materials.
7. Urine stains — Both rats and mice leave urine stains that can be detected with long wavelength UV light as a yellow to blue fluorescent spot. Elimination of harborage is the most effective way to control rodents. This includes removing all general clutter from the food plant and storage areas to eliminate rodent hiding places. Maintain an open, well kept perimeter around the processing plant to discourage rodent activity. Next, food and water sources must be eliminated. This would include environmental management to reduce or eliminate free water and food sources. Third, rodents must be denied entry into the food plant. This would include filling all structural cracks, screening fan and vent openings, and installing drain covers to prevent rodent entry. It has been shown that a mouse can squeeze through a 1/4- inch hole. Mice and rats are also exceptional climbers, which means openings should be located and closed at all levels in the facility. Next, a physical control system should be included. Physical control systems would include strategically placed poisons, glue boards, bait boxes, ultrasonic devices, and traps.
Bird pests: Several species of birds harbor disease and pose a risk to food plant sanitation. The most common species involved are pigeons, sparrows, and starlings. Birds pose a threat to the food processor by carrying disease-causing microorganisms, contaminating product areas with excreta, feathers, or external parasites such as mites. The most common microorganism spread by birds is Salmonella. Up to 50 percent of house sparrows were found to contain this microorganism. Complicated jejuna has also been readily isolated from wild birds. The best and most effective means of controlling birds is to eliminate nesting and feeding sites on the building(s) and in the vicinity. This includes initial construction of window, door, and ledge areas to prevent roosting and nesting.
With the demand of zero tolerance to pests in the pharmaceutical industry, you will require a company that has a proven to provide high quality pest control and the continuity of technicians to provide consistency of service.
The key to effective pest control is in prevention. Preventative measures will:
• Minimize and / or reduce overall costs of pest control
• Avoid the potential of closure and downtime, which can cost the company thousands of dollars
• Prevent loss of wages if the company is forced to shut down
• Avoid loss of stock due to contamination
• Avoid potentially disastrous Public Relations and negative Social Media Coverage.
Our technical experts will work with you to devise effective differences against pests and advise on working practices that can stop pests ever becoming a problem.
As well as pest control programs we offer a consultancy service if you require advice, training and audits.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
Kids deserve a safe place to learn and grow. Today’s children spend a significant part of their lives in school. Pest management is an important, but often overlooked, part of school safety.
Pests can cause stings and bites, and can trigger allergies. In addition, some pests pose health threats by spreading germs and filth. Unmanaged pest problems can result in damage to school property, unsightly landscapes and other unsafe conditions.
Our pest control methods based on thorough knowledge of the pests and the technologies used to control them. A good program attempts to make schools less hospitable to pests by modifying the environment, like improving sanitation, and eliminating pest harborage sites, along with using the lowest impact pesticides as necessary. Managing risks from pests and risks from the pesticides used to control them are top priorities under an our programs.
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Builders who focus on quality know it's not just the finished product or what you can see that makes a quality structure. It also includes the planning, the foundation, the materials, the attention to detail, and their ability to bring it all together that makes a sound structure. Part of that process is their attention to detail. An important detail is the selection of an effective termite treatment to protect the structure.
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Bob Crawford stated in an August 1999 press release that:
"New home buyers should be certain to ask builders how their homes have been protected against termites. For new construction, it is the builder that selects the pre-treatment company. Some builders select their soil treatment contractors based solely on price and there is a temptation for these companies to under price and then cheat on the amount of chemical protectant used. Consumers should demand that their builders use companies that will do the job right and make certain they have a full warranty covering any re-treatments and repairs should they be needed."
Quality builders know that they can trust our experience and knowledge when it comes to termite pre-treating of their construction projects. Whether it is a single-family home to the largest of commercial buildings, they know that Anchor will do it right. Anchor Pest Control has earned a superb reputation for their pre-treatment processes of new construction. Here are the steps to a proper soil pre-treatment:
Residential Pest Control
There would be hardly any home in this world which is free of pests, despite the great efforts every one of us puts in eliminating them from our lives. If you have attempted in vain to eradicate the pests from your house, then you need to look again at the strategy that you are using.
Measures to control pests are first comprised of preventive and elimination methods that ensure that your residence is free from pests. In order to tackle the pest problem efficiently, you need to keep certain things in mind.
The first step in pest control is to use preventative measures. Leaving food out or not confined in containers or packages which can be closed properly is like holding out a sign for pests that says "FREE FOOD". One thing we have come across continually is when there are children or teenagers in the home they are likely to leave food, crumbs of food, empty pizza boxes, or unclean plates from dinner in their rooms or under their beds. This again, is just begging pests to enter your home. Making sure to educate everyone in your home the importance of NOT hiding food or left overs in their rooms can save a lot of grief when combating pests.
Some pest problems can be simply eradicated by over the counter measures but you need to assess the amount of damage done by these pests or at least their degree of infestation in your home. This will enable you to decide whether or not you want to try to tackle this problem on your own or if you indeed need to inquire require the services of a professional pest control company, which can provide solutions that are more potent in eliminating pests. The problem is often the damages are not in plain site so its always better to lean on the side of precaution; give us a call and we will assess the damages for you. Again, the consultation is FREE of charge.
Lastly, it is critical that you implement methods that ensure that once chased away, the pests do not creep into your house again. For this, you must take care of the tidiness and hygiene of your house without fail. This can be achieved by adhering to simple everyday routine tasks like appropriate disposal of household waste and spraying of pesticides on entry points at regular intervals to stop pests from entering your house.
Our quarterly approach to pest elimination is as follows: (Each visit includes a thorough inspection and treatment of all possible pest entry ways into your home)
• Spring - The spring season brings new activity and insect emergence. On the exterior and interior of your home, baits are strategically placed to prevent these unwanted guests from moving in.
• Summer - The warm summer months make people and pests very active. Pest populations increase significantly during these months. This is the time of our most aggressive exterior control, and web removal. This is the time to kill the pests before they can multiply and spread germs and disease.
• Fall - The fall months bring a welcome change in temperature but this is also the time pests are looking for secret places to nest in your home. During these months we will perform treatments on the exterior of your home.
• Winter - In the colder months we maintain our preventative measures and continue with thorough inspections to locate nests and utilize insect growth regulators and dust all pest entry areas including crawl spaces and weep holes. This will be done with an exterior treatment.
Hospitals and Health Clinics
With the potential to spread disease and infection, pests have no place in health care. We understand the principle of “do no harm” and provide environmentally safe and advanced services in sensitive work areas.
Preventive Pest Control
From ICUs to nurseries, we keep health care facilities pest free. Our industry-leading pest control strategies center on prevention, eliminating pest sources and educating your staff on pest control best practices.
Our services provide optimal pest management by eliminating pest sources and are geared to protect patients and staff::
• Environmental sensitivity – Pest control solutions reflect our commitment to the planet – and the sanitary conditions required in the health care industry.
• Strict quality control – Quality standards are continually monitored and exceed those required by state and federal licensing agencies.
• Clear communication – Facility inspections, sanitation guidelines, and service reports.
Consumers depend on property management firms to provide a pest-free environment. Commercial properties not only attract lots of people, but a wide variety of pests too. Preventing pests in these high-traffic environments requires techniques that are not only effective, but protect employees and customers as well.
We can’t ignore the problems, and infestations are a sure way to turn off potential residents and infuriate property owners who want their buildings to be pest-free and environmentally safe. Pests and rodents aren’t simply a nuisance – they can severely affect your health and the health of you residents.
Whether your concern is asthma, West Nile Virus, lyme disease, allergic reactions to bee stings or any other host of heath threats posed by pests and rodents, we need solutions that will provide us with an overview of the dangers we can face from insect infestations.
According to the National Pest Management Association– pests and rodents, can have harmful health effects. It is important to fully understand the dangers to the living environment stemming from these types of infestations.
Our licensed, experts know the needs of commercial and residential property management professionals. They understand that pest infestations may pose health risks to tenants and employees and could result in the loss of tenants and revenue. In addition to providing general maintenance programs, our highly trained staff helps property managers troubleshoot and solve pest problems where others have failed. They know how to find and eliminate the sources of pest infestations, in short order.
You work hard to protect your property’s reputation and attract residents. Once people move in, you work just as hard to keep them happy. Having pests in the picture makes all of this a lot harder. We Help Make Your Residents Part of the Solution Because pest management in multi-family properties relies heavily on resident cooperation, we try to help make them part of the solution, too.
Hotels, Motels and Resorts
Hotels have a variety of environments -- each with their own potential for pest infestation. Alarmingly, bed bugs continue to be a serious concern for hoteliers and multi-unit residential property owners. In most situations, you can limit the costs of elimination (and the potential damage to your reputation and harm to your guests or tenants) by identifying infestations early, before they spread to multiple rooms. Training for property staff should include pictures of bed bugs, signs of bed bug activity and specific instructions on how to handle infestations. For example, do not remove bedding or linens from the room without talking to us first.
A pest sighted in a hotel can be catastrophic for your reputation. Due to a constant turnover of people using bedrooms, from all over the world, bedbugs and fleas have become a major problem in these areas. One bedbug infestation can damage your reputation and loose much needed income through rooms being out of use. Early detection and prompt action is necessary to control the pests and help reduce the risk of them spreading around the premises. We can carry out treatments to eradicate the pests, monitor the rooms for early detection. Mattress covers which are insect proof to prevent infestation of mattresses should be used regularly Water soluble linen bags which can be used to transport infested linen from rooms to laundry without the risk of spreading the insects to corridors etc. should also be used.
Rodents and insects are the principal pests in kitchens which if not detected early and controlled can quickly spread around the premises causing distress to customers and staff. Open windows will allow flying insects to enter, our full range of fly screens and fly killers will help to prevent this.
Having Us Maintain Your Pest Control Management Can Provide You With This:
• Will eliminate the potential for customers to become irate over the possibility of insects crawling on them in the middle of the night
• Will greatly deter the potential for law suits from customers who become ill from insect or rodent carrying diseases that contaminate food
• Will eliminate the need for Reputation Management services to be required due to customer complaints caused by insect or rodent infestations.
• Will eliminate the potential of being closed down by the health department due to insect and / or rodent infestations
Retail and Small Business
As a retailer, your business is built on making a good impression on customers every day.
A pest problem can seriously jeopardize that relationship. In addition to being repulsive to shoppers, pests carry numerous harmful bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, shigella, and staphylococcus that can threaten the health of customers and staff.
The retail environment will always be vulnerable to pest infestation - constant deliveries and heavy foot traffic in and out of the store mean pests can arrive at any moment. But we can help.
Hygiene and cleanliness standards can never be compromised in a manufacturing setting. The businesses you supply and their customers must understand that your manufacturing processes are beyond reproach. Our Pest Control provides ongoing pest control service for many of the country’s leading manufacturers to protect their production processes from pest problems.
Different types of manufacturing - food and non-food alike - demand different levels of pest control. Our Service Technician's will work with you to devise effective strategies at every stage. They can also advise you on working practices to prevent pests. We also operate across the country and can provide the same consistent level of manufacturing pest control wherever your manufacturing, processing or storage facilities may be.
If you produce packaging, you know your customers expect nothing but faultless quality, especially food manufacturers. You must also undergo regular checks by external inspection authorities and auditing companies, fulfilling the relevant regulations and quality standards.
Packages contaminated by flies or other pests not only endanger the relationship with your customers but can, in extreme cases, threaten the existence of your company. We're familiar with pest control requirements and have solutions that deal perfectly with many kinds of pests in all types of premises.
We offer top-level manufacturing pest control all along the production chain, from goods receipt to product delivery. Trust us to do the best job for you as many well-known companies in the past already do.