Personnel working on the food premises must be trained in identifying pest activity for prompt eradication. The early detection of pest activity and control prevents proliferation of pests. There are several signs on the food premises that points to pest activity and some of them are as follows. You would site them on the premises, for instance the invasion of houseflies in your kitchen is so visible to miss.

Activities of cockroaches and other pests may be known by their body parts, pupae and their smell. You may also see their droppings (faeces), smears, tail marks, fur and footprints. The loss of food in your facility may be a sign of pest activity. It is common to see portions of food gnawed at, and in some cases chunks disappearing with teeth prints on the remains.
There should be a nominated person on the premises to receive all reports of pest activity. This person communicates these to the pest control professional and schedules pest control activities on the site.

We’ve already tackled the reasons for control but in summary, pests are a nuisance and they serve as vehicles for most food pathogens. Apart from this, they contaminate our food and the food environment with their saliva, urine, body parts, droppings and fur.

Integrated pest management is the cost-effective implementation of prevention and eradication strategies, based on the biology of pests, intended to ensure a pest-free food operation. I must emphasize that; non-toxic solutions are better because of the possibility of chemical contamination. Resolve to have a pest-free environment on your food premises to preserve food safety.

Johnson Opoku-Boateng is the Executive Director & Lead Consultant, QA CONSULT (Consultants and Trainers in Quality/Safety Management, Manufacturing Excellence and Food Safety) and can be reached on +233209996002, email: