Their excrement can contain harmful bacteria that can contaminate food products. They can also cause physical harm to structures via chewing through walls, packaging and even wiring.
Why are pests bad for food?
They will physically contaminate food from their droppings, dead bodies & discarded skin casings. Rats and mice carry obvious health risks from their droppings and constant incontinence. They may directly contaminate food equipment within the premises as well as causing damage to the premises and equipment by gnawing.
What are 3 methods of pest control food hygiene?
Preventing access to food and water:
- food stores and containers should be pest-proof;
- spills cleaned up quickly;
- remove standing water;
- waste stored in pest-proof containers and storage areas kept clean.
What is the main reason to control pests in a food business?
Pest Control is important as pests can be both a nuisance and a danger to health. They can attack and contaminate food intended for hu- mans, damage the structure of your premises (such as electric cables) and spread many forms of disease and harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
What are common food pests?
The three main groups of pests that are encountered in food businesses are:
- Rodents – rats and mice.
- Insects – cockroaches, beetles, ants and flies.
- Birds – pigeons etc.
What are the factors which attract food pests to food premises?
Pests are generally attracted to food premises as they can provide shelter, water and a food source. In disused or ‘mothballed’ equipment. eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests on the food premises. keeping doors closed when not in use • installing weather strips at the base of doors.
What are the effects of pests in the home?
Pests can carry allergens into the home. Their feces can also cause allergic reactions and their shedding skin can pollute your indoor air. Dust mite dander and droppings are among of the most common indoor allergens. However, other pests can also cause allergic reactions.
What diseases can pests cause?
Examples of significant public health problems caused by pests include: Vector-Borne Diseases – Infectious diseases such as Zika virus, Lyme disease, and rabies can be carried and spread by vectors. Disease vectors include mosquitoes, ticks, and rodents and other animals.