1. Inspection and Monitoring - The cornerstone of an effective pest control program is the
inspection and monitoring portion. There should always be time built into every service for
routine inspections and monitoring. Monitors should be places and inspections should focus on
areas where pests are most likely to appear – receiving docks, storage areas, employee break
rooms, sites of recent ingredient spills, etc. – and identify any potential entry points, food and
water sources, or harborage zones that might encourage pest problems.
2. Data Recording - At Omega Pest Management it is imperative that we use bar code scanning
tools to record that rodent devices and inspection sites have indeed been serviced. It is equally
important that a detailed record of all inspection data be kept at each inspection site or rodent
device. Then you can trend the data and make more informed decisions going forward.
3. Preventative Action - As regular inspections reveal vulnerabilities in your pest management
program, Omega Pest Management will take steps to address them before they cause a
concern. Omega will inform you about any areas within your facility that may require building
maintenance because one of the most effective prevention measures is exclusion, i.e., performing structural maintenance to close potential entry points revealed during inspection. By physically keeping pests out, you can reduce the need for chemical
countermeasures. Likewise, sanitation and housekeeping will eliminate potential food and water sources, thereby reducing pest
4. Identification - Different pests have different behaviors. By identifying the problematic species, pests can be eliminated more
efficiently. Professional pest management always starts with the correct identification of the pest in question. The Omega Service
Technician undergoes rigorous training in pest identification and behavior.
5. Analysis - Once you proper identification has been made, Your Omega Service Technician will identify out why the pest is in your
facility. Is there food debris or moisture accumulation that may be attracting it? What about odors? How are the pests finding
their way in – perhaps through the floors or walls? Could incoming shipments be infested? The answers to these questions will
lead to the best choice of control techniques.
6. Treatment Selection - PM stresses the use of non-chemical control methods, such as exclusion or trapping, before chemical
options. When other control methods have failed or are inappropriate for the situation, chemicals may be used in least volatile
formulations in targeted areas to treat the specific pest. In other words, use the right treatments in the right places, and only as
much as you need to get the job done. Often, the “right treatment” will consist of a combination of responses, from chemical
treatments to baiting to trapping. But by focusing on non-chemical options first, we can ensure that your pest management
program is effectively eliminating pests at the least risk to your food safety program, non-target organisms and the environment.
You’ll also see higher pest control scores at audit time.
7. Monitoring - Monitoring should be a team activity, involving the pest management company and your employees. Your
employees should be cognizant of sanitation issues that affect the program and should report any signs of pest activity.
8. Documentation - Omega Pest Management does not want you to lose a single point in a food safety audit. We excel in providing
complete documentation because we know that the food safety auditor’s visit can make or break your business. Since pest control
can account for up to 20 percent of your total score, it’s imperative that we maintain your IPM program and make sure it is ready
to showcase at all times. Up-to-date pest control documentation is one of the first signs to an auditor that your facility takes pest
control seriously. Important documents include a scope of service, pest activity reports, service reports, corrective action reports,
trap layout maps, lists of approved pesticides, pesticide usage reports and applicator licenses.