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The pest management programs Clark Pest Control deploys are based on integrated pest management (IPM) principles. These principles focus heavily on solving a facility’s pest problems, not with more bait stations or pesticide applications, but through careful use of data and trend reports, and correcting structural, cultural and sanitation issues.
How does Clark gather all the information to make its recommendations and identify solutions? It starts with a risk assessment of your facility.
Having a risk assessment done is the first step in developing an IPM program, and when done regularly and properly, it will continuously improve a plant’s existing pest management programs. It is a proactive vs. reactive approach to safeguarding your facility and its contents from harmful pests.
What Is A Risk Assessment?
Defined as “the scientific evaluation of known or potential adverse health effects resulting from human exposure to foodborne hazards" a risk assessment is a task meant to evaluate and assess a facility’s IPM program.
A true risk assessment is NOT just an inventory of control and monitoring devices within a facility or a means to report how many rodents or insects were caught or killed in that time period.
Risk assessments will help identify why was a pest was present and the root cause of the problem. The information provided in a risk assessment can be used to help adjust and improve existing pest programs.
With the U.S. FDA’s FSMA requirements emphasizing that a science-based risk assessment be performed, plant managers would be wise to deploy this proactive strategy to keep their facility pest-free and in compliance. Note: Virtually all audit schemes require a risk assessment including FSMA, GFSI (BRC, SQF, etc.), cGMPs, etc.
Why Is Fall A Good Time to Conduct A Risk Assessment?
We tapped into the extensive knowledge of Clark Service Manager Lance Van Zant, A.C.E.,
to get his insights on why fall is a good time to have a risk assessment done in your facility and on what frequency should they be done.
Van Zant: Weather has a lot to do with the need for a fall risk assessment. With cooler weather on the horizon, pest activity increases both outside and inside structures. Pests are trying to get in where it’s warmer. Occasional invaders, rodents, ants, cockroaches, etc. will look to find a way in to survive the winter.
Historical trends show an increase in rodent activity in October and November, and risk assessments help us evaluate the risks and adjust a client’s IPM program to be proactive with the projected increase in rodent activity.
For example, we can increase the amount of rodent monitoring devices, recommend changes to the environment (trimming trees, weed control, etc.), and communicate all conducive conditions/corrective actions to clients to help prevent an occurrence from happening.
How Often Should A Risk Assessment Be Done?
Van Zant: FSMA, GFSI schemes (BRC, SQF, etc.) and other cGMPs require an annual risk assessment to be completed or anytime when changes have been made in the facility (new buildings, processes, etc.). Because a lot can happen in a few months, including changes in weather, pest cycles, etc., Clark prefers to assess the program quarterly. The more you evaluate the trends in pest activity and assess the program, the more changes you can make to improve the program. It also validates our treatments, changes, and IPM program/service.
What’s Involved in the Process?
A risk assessment is an interactive process that includes a close examination of the entire property and existing documentation. It is also a shared responsibility of both the client and pest services provider.
Risk assessments are only one component of a successful integrated pest management plan, which also includes proper implementation, management, and communication. Elements of a risk assessment can include, but may not be limited to, the following:
• Audit preparation
• Control measures
• Corrective actions
A risk assessment answers the following important question: Does the current IPM program help prevent pests from harming the product and public?
The risk assessment is meant to be used as a tool to assist in analyzing, creating, and maintaining a successful plan in commercial facilities. The facility assessment does not provide an exhaustive list of potential pest problems, but merely is a starting point. Additionally, each facility is unique, which may present entirely different considerations and potential pest problems.
The risk assessment process will include inspection of the following interior and exterior areas of a facility:
Interior Storage Areas
Interior Receiving and Shipping Areas
If you are looking for a pest management partner that understands your business and can help you design and deliver an effective pest management program, give Clark Pest Control a call at (800) 936-3339.
Clark Pest Control understands how quickly business can grind to a halt when an unwanted rodent, bird, bat, insect or other unsavory creature invades your space. We act quickly to get your business back on track.