Pest Control for Food Retail
Food Retail Pest Control Services
The food retail industry is one of the most important parts of the food chain as it’s the last stop for food products before consumers purchase them. Food retail stores have a greater responsibility for ensuring customer and food safety. The food retail industry includes any business that offers food for off-site consumption such as grocery stores and shops. Here at VermEx, we have years of experience working with retail businesses to prevent and resolve pest problems to a high standard with fully trained technicians.
Common Pests Found within the Food Retail Environment
There are a variety of pests that threaten the Food Retail sector, from rats and mice to fleas, cockroaches, wasps and more. Tens of thousands of products can be stocked at large stores from various sources with complex supply chains, requiring effective solutions and preventative measures. In addition to handling packaged goods, food handling activities include preparing raw meat and fish, fresh dairy products, cooked foods, and bakery products. It is vital for businesses of all sizes to maintain sanitation standards and actively prevent pest infestation. The presence of pests can cause enormous economic losses to the business owner, staff, and suppliers as well as the store’s reputation.
Over the course of our time in the pest control industry, we have dealt with a wide range of issues ranging from extensive pest infestations to pest-proofing facilities before a problem occurs. Throughout the years, we have established a reputation for providing pest control solutions in accordance with the principles of Integrated Pest Management for your peace of mind within the food retail sector throughout Northern England, including York, Manchester, and Leeds.
During our time within the pest control industry, we have dealt with a wide range of pest control issues from extensive pest infestations to helping pest-proof facilities with preventative measures before a problem was present. Over time we have built a reputation for effective pest control in accordance with the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) provided pest control solutions within the healthcare industry across York, Manchester and much of the North.
We’re able to deal with a wide range of pest activity found throughout the food retail industry, including;
Rats & Mice
Pests like rats and mice are attracted to the abundance of food and warm places for them to live. When left untreated, both can breed quickly and your problem can quickly get out of hand. Rodents can carry a number of diseases like hantavirus, salmonella and more, as well as bringing other pests like fleas with them. Signs of Pest: Droppings, Gwaning Damage, Shredded Fabric & Material, Disrupted Food
Pests like rats and mice are attracted to the abundance of food and warm places for them to live. When left untreated, both can breed quickly and your problem can quickly get out of hand. Rodents can carry a number of diseases like hantavirus, salmonella and more, as well as bringing other pests like fleas with them.
Signs of Pest: Droppings, Gwaning Damage, Shredded Fabric & Material, Disrupted Food
Staff and customers are at risk of contracting illnesses from cockroaches, which are well-known carriers of diseases such as salmonella. The resilient insect is capable of breeding quickly, meaning a small problem can escalate rapidly if not treated.
Signs of Pest: Unusual Smell, Droppings, Smears on Horizontal Surfaces
Birds & Pigeons
As birds and pigeons search for nesting areas throughout your facility, they can quickly become a nuisance. As well as causing damage to your buildings, they leave a mess behind as well as bringing diseases like ornithosis and E. Coli with them.
Signs of Pest: Nesting birds, droppings, Noise from birds, Nesting debris
Ants & Insects
Ants and insects are highly-sophisticated animals that adapt to survive in most living conditions making them persistent pests. Despite their small size, they can become a real problem if left unchecked. Their size allows them to easily and quickly access food and preparation areas contaminating them in the process.
Signs of Pest: Ant Sightings, Sawdust Trails, Damaged Wood Structures
Bees & Wasps
Even though they may not be the dirtiest pests on your property, if they are found nesting, they can still pose a health risk to the public. Their rapid reproduction ability can make them a serious problem if left untreated since they can sting without provocation.
Signs of Pest: Sightings, Larvae, Buzzing, Damaged Wood
The presence of other animals is usually a prerequisite for finding fleas since they require an animal host to live. Fleas found within the UK don't commonly carry diseases although they can. Fleas will leave customers and staff with unwanted and itchy bites. A flea infestation may also signal there are adequate host animals for them to live and breed on.
Signs of Pest: Small Red Bite Marks, Flea Sightings, Flea Droppings
Pest Control Process
Get in Touch
Get in touch with our expert team and let us know what your pest infestation problem is – we even offer a free no-obligation quote and survey.
Once we’ve established the problem, we’ll send a team out to perform a survey of your premises to further investigate your pest problem.
Once we’ve identified the problem, we can organise a time to start treatment of your facility, ensuring we humanely and quickly remove the problem.
Once we have treated your hospital or healthcare facility, we will regularly inspect and monitor the premises for any future infestations.
VermEx is a family-owned pest control company with more than 30 years of experience offering effective pest control solutions to commercial clients across much of Northern England, including Manchester, York and Leeds. We’re able to quickly identify pest activity within retail shops and shopping centres and react to any level of infestation to help pest prevention and elimination.
Accredited Pest Control Experts
Since becoming members of the British Pest Control Association and National Pest Technicians Association, we have extended our commercial pest control services beyond just the North. We offer friendly and effective pest control, as well as advice on preventative measures all by BPCA-certified technicians.
Other Commercial Pest Control Services
As part of our commercial pest control services, we also offer the following commercial services to help combat pest activity and prevent reinfestation:
- A Budget-Friendly Inspection & Monitoring Program
- Installation of Bird Control & Proofing Measures
- Inspections by Field Biologists
- Help Achieving BRC Standards (British Retail Consortium)
- Fumigation Services
- Removal of Bird Waste & Graffiti from Premises
- Supply & Fitting of Insect Screens & Electronic Fly Killers
- Vegetation and Weed Removal
- Unwanted Fly-Tipping Removals
- Cleaning & Spraying of Refuse Bins
Get in Touch
Got a pest problem within your retail environment that needs the help of professional pest control experts? Show us the pest and we’ll do the rest, with our free quote with no obligation before any work is carried out as well as our free site survey for commercial properties. If you notice any signs of pest activity, don’t hesitate to get in touch with VermEx for quick and effective pest control call-outs.