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How to deal with rodents and pests in your grocery store?
Rodents are a common headache for owners and managers of grocery stores, with the potential to cause costly loss of product. The good news is that rodent numbers can be managed with careful monitoring and regular pest control visits.
Cockroaches sneak in through the tiniest cracks, love to hitchhike in cardboard boxes, and hide in out-of-the-way places. If you see visible signs of cockroaches, like egg casings or excrement, it’s a sign that the infestation is already underway.
How to prevent pests in grocery stores
There are plenty of reasons for pests to seek out grocery stores for food and shelter, but there are ways to prevent them. Here are the prime hot spots in your grocery store where you should take steps to proactively deter pests.
It’s important to display produce and meat properly, but that also means that scents are readily available to pests like rodents, cockroaches, and ants. Staying on top of any signs of pests is essential.
Drains are common areas for attracting flies. Your drains may be the culprit if your facility is clean but still struggling with pests like flies and cockroaches. Give your drains a hearty scrub with hot water and a drain-specific scrub brush tool designed to clear away gunk deep in the drain pipes.
Pests are attracted to things they can eat, like stored food and cardboard. Inspect packages of food and boxes regularly and dispose of unused boxes to prevent pests from eating them or laying eggs in them.
In addition to garbage cans in the produce and meat departments that hold food waste, garbages in break rooms, kitchens, and offices can attract pests if they’re not emptied and cleaned routinely.
Signs of a grocery store pest infestation
- Specks that look like coffee grounds or black pepper – Cockroaches can be difficult to spot until their numbers are large, but one of the telltale signs they leave behind is excrement that looks like coffee grounds or specks of black pepper.
- Egg casings – Cockroach egg casings are small, pill-shaped, and usually white or tan. Cockroaches breed quickly, and it’s best to bring in professional pest control services immediately after spotting their egg casings.
- Rodent bite marks and droppings – Rats and mice will chew through packaging and cardboard to get to food sources, and of course leave droppings along their paths. Both of these are sure signs of rodents in your grocery.
Pest Control Services
Hawx Pest Control is ready to send our knowledgeable technicians to your grocery store to help keep it safe from pests. Our pros are the best in the business, with industry-leading products, equipment, and technology. We’ll assess your commercial pest management needs, handle current infestations, and put a treatment plan into place to prevent future infestations. No matter the scope of your pest control job, Hawx professionals are here to help.