one million known insects in our world, approximately fourteen species
exist as primary pests to stored products with approximately one
hundred seventy-five to two hundred species existing as minor pests.
Whether the problem be with Indian Meal Moths, Fruit Flies, birds,
Yellow Mealworms, rodents or Mediterranean Flour Moths, food processing
and storage facilities can be a unique challenge, not only because
of their processes and size, but also because of the need to comply
with laws and regulations promulgated by the FDA, EPA, USDA, state
and local authorities and by Military Standards.
Insects and rodents love food processing and storage facilities.
They are attracted by the lights and odors and enter through people
and vehicle doors, vents, pipelines, windows and cracks in exterior
walls. They also enter in incoming supplies.
Leaf Pest Control has the experience, knowledge and expertise to
solve even the toughest pest problem in food processing and storage
facilities while complying fully with all laws and legal requirements.
Leaf’s pest management program consists of six integrated
1. Inspection – Leaf will thoroughly inspect
all areas of the facility, interviewing facility management and
staff. This inspection is designed to:
- Identify past and current pest problems and related damage/contamination
- Identify conditions that are or may be contributing or conducive
to pest problems
- Evaluate housekeeping, sanitation and facility maintenance
practices which may contribute to pest infestations
2. Pest Identification – Only by correctly
identifying pests can their habits and biology be known and used
to eliminate them. This is critical and key in the design of an
effective pest management program.
3. Program Application – Leaf utilizes an
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest control. This
approach emphasizes non-chemical methods of control such as pest
exclusion, trapping, sanitation, monitoring and maintenance before
consideration of chemical controls. When chemical control is applicable
and required, low impact measures such insect growth regulators
(these interrupt the insect’s growth cycle) and baits are
considered first. This helps ensure that maximum control is achieved
while emphasizing safety and avoiding contamination of foods and
4. Program Evaluation – For a pest management
program to continue to succeed, it must continually adjust and evolve
to match changing plant needs. Leaf’s pest program includes
evaluation and diagnostic tools that allow plant management to spot
changes in pest habits and environment, leading to a quick response.
These tools also help in spotting seasonal trends, evaluating sanitation
program changes and early detection of additional conditions conducive
to pest introduction and harborage.
5. Communication – Teamwork between Leaf
and facility management is the key to a successful pest management
program. That is why Leaf’s program provides communication
tools such as Pest Sighting Logs, Sanitation Reports, Site Environment
Reports, Service Reports, Rodent Device Status Reports and others.
But Leaf also believes in face-to-face communication with plant
management and other facility personnel for their input on program
6. Quality Assurance - Our Quality Assurance team
is always on call to meet the changing needs of dynamic facilities.
Team members can help evaluate sanitation, production and physical
plant processes relating to pest management. In addition, every
six months a team member will thoroughly review the pest management
program and interview facility managers and make recommendations
for enhancing the pest program.