Cockroach Control Information — Advice, Presto-X Pest Control

Cockroach Control

Discovering cockroaches in your business facility, requires immediate action. A business cannot afford to waste time by trying to treat this resilient pest on their own.

Professional treatment is often the most effective course of action and the only approach that offers peace of mind that your business is protected from future roach problems.

Any industry can be at risk from cockroaches, although the nature of some businesses, especially those in the food processing industry, make them more susceptible to roach infestations.

Call Presto-X NOW at 800-759-1942 or contact us online for more advice or to schedule a Pest Inspection.

Need Help for Your Business?

Do not waste any time! If you have seen one roach in your facility, the chances are there are others present.

For an existing roach infestation, Presto-X has reliable, effective treatment materials to help bring any problem quickly under control to try and mitigate any long term negative effects on your business.

For prevention, we can also offer your business an Integrated Pest Management solution, which can also help with early detection.

Why Should You Be Worried about Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are prevalent throughout the United States, which means no matter where your facility is located, from Alabama to Nebraska to Texas, your business could be at risk.

The major species of roaches which commonly cause pest problem for businesses and homeowners, include the American, German, and Oriental Cockroach.

Certain conditions are more attractive to these roaches than others and knowing how to deter this insect from entering your facility is key to any control plan.

Health Risk from Roaches

Most people find the sight of a cockroach repulsive. Cockroaches, in general, are regarded as a dirty pest and this is quite true if you consider they feed in unsanitary areas, such as garbage cans, areas of food spillage and sewage systems.

From these dirty areas, they can find their way into your facility and contaminate your business, with any bacteria they may have picked up.

  • Potential for contamination of food products (cockroaches falling into product, fecal droppings in product, cockroaches walking through product)
  • Mechanical transfer of bacteria
  • Potential for damage of non-food items (paper materials, leather, clothing, etc)

Is Your Business at Risk?

All businesses are advised to take a proactive approach to pest management, including cockroach control, so that business owners can be in control of any pest issue that may arise, rather than letting the pest control the situation.

The time to act is now! A cockroach problem discovered on your property can lead to major problems for your business. Whether the discovery is made by a buildings inspector, a customer or business owner, the negative impact on the business is the same.

Some industries are far more prone to a cockroach infestation than others simply due to the very nature of their business.

Cockroaches rely on three major things for survival — water, food and shelter. Businesses and business premises which can provide all these necessities are potentially at greater risk.

Industries at Risk from Cockroaches

  • Bars and restaurants — the readily available food in kitchen and dining areas can be very appealing to roaches.
  • Hotels and Motels — food sources in both hotel kitchens and dining rooms can attract roaches. Restrooms and changing areas are also at risk. Laundry rooms in basements can also offer much loved warmth and moisture.
  • Hospitals — the thought of roaches in hospitals is repulsive to many people, but these institutional buildings can provide much needed warmth and shelter.
  • Multifamily Housing — the warmth generated by multiple families living in such close proximity can make multifamily housing very attractive to roaches.
  • Schools — kitchen and feeding areas in schools and on college campuses may be at a higher risk of cockroaches.

Consequences for Your Business

The potential harm from a cockroach problem discovered on your business premises can be far reaching:

  • Liability concerns, lawsuits — these costly lawsuits may be raised by any aggrieved (or ill) customer, who has been badly affected by the presence of roaches, while in your business premises.
  • Regulatory concerns, third party auditor requirements — Pest management is regulated for all industries, and failure to comply can, in the worst case, lead to a forced closure of a business. Presto-X can help in this area with our sanitation audit service.
  • Economic loss — in the case of businesses, which have an infested kitchen, a financial loss may have to be sustained due to contaminated food products (incorrectly stored food as well as fresh food), which will have to be discarded.
  • Loss of Sales — word of mouth is a powerful weapon and customers can be very quick to spread negative news about a business to others, which can easily deter customers from returning.

How To Protect Your Business from Cockroaches

Businesses have a number of options to both prevent a cockroach problem and to help manage and control an existing roach infestation.

Preventing Cockroaches in Your Business

Prevention is always better than cure and, better still, less expensive. At Presto-X, we encourage all business owners to take an active approach to pest control in general.

As part of a cockroach prevention service, Presto-X can offer businesses:

  • Thorough inspection of your property — this will help to identify any potential entry points in your building structure, which could allow roaches access into your property. The inspection of the interior of your property, may also highlight potential hotspots and areas that may appeal to roaches. Once identified, we can advise you of the best ways to seal entry points.
  • Review of sanitation procedures and program — businesses, which follow good sanitation practices can greatly help to protect themselves against roaches, by making their property less attractive to this insect. Presto-X offers sanitation audits to help review your current procedures and to ensure your business meets local, state, federal and third-party inspection requirements.
  • Integrated pest management — an integrated pest management plan can be vital to many businesses. The focus is on prevention and regular inspections of your facility can lead to early detection of any pest problem and a quicker, more efficient control plan.
  • Pest control training for your employees — a successful pest control program requires both customers and pest professionals to work together in a united way. As such, we offer client training services to help educate your employees on tips for pest prevention techniques.
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Dealing with a Cockroach Infestation

If you find your business facility has already been invaded by roaches, Presto-X can offer a fast service to bring the problem quickly under control. Cockroaches are very fond of areas where there are a lot of people because that means more garbage and more likelihood of finding food and hiding from predators. Urban areas such as Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and other larger cities are very prone to cockroach infestations.

Our cockroach control solution includes

  • Identification of species — correct identification of your particular cockroach problem, will help to determine the best solution methods for treatment.
  • Use of non-chemical control methods — sealing and removal of harborage areas
  • Application of appropriate pest management materials — including baiting, dust and liquid applications
  • Continuous monitoring — we continue to monitor your facility through regular inspections and use of monitoring materials, such as sticky traps. Sticky traps can help to identify the species, but also locate hot spots in your property.

Call Presto-X NOW at 800-759-1942 or contact us online for more advice on cockroach control for your business or to schedule a Pest Inspection.

Top 5 pests impacting supermarkets and grocery stores

Businesses in the food retail sector such as supermarkets and grocery stores face threats from pests from multiple sources. Large stores can stock tens of thousands of food products from multiple sources with complex supply chains, requiring efficient monitoring and control procedures for supplies brought onto the premises.

Food-handling activities range from preparing raw meat and fish, fresh dairy products, freshly-cooked foods, freshly-baked products, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as dealing with packaged goods too. It is important for businesses in the food retail sector of all sizes to maintain sanitation standards and actively prevent pest infestation in order to maintain a high standard of food safety as well as protect both staff, customers and reputation.

The top 5 pests found in supermarkets and grocery stores

The major pests affecting the food retail sector range from rodents such as rats and mice to crawling and flying insects such as flies and cockroaches, each bringing their own unique way to conflict with food safety and other legislative requirements.

1. Rodents

Rats and mice are attracted by food supplies but do not venture far from their shelter or nesting sites, so will nest close to food sources. They are capable of a rapid increase in population given an abundant food supply, shelter from predators and benign environmental conditions inside a building.

The threats from rodents in supermarkets

  • damage to buildings, fixtures, machinery and electrical equipment
  • damage to food containers and packaging;
  • eating food in storage and on display;
  • contamination to food, machinery and equipment with droppings, urine, filth;
  • transmission of diseases, including Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, Toxoplasmosis, Lyme disease, rat-bite fever;

The common signs of rodents

Rats and mice have distinct signatures which suggest their presence:

  • droppings
  • sightings of live or dead animals
  • squeaks, gnawing sounds, scurrying sounds
  • smudge marks along runs
  • gnawing of building materials, wiring, food and packaging
  • urine stains and pillars

How to control rodents in grocery stores

The control of rodents involves the elimination of harbourage in and around buildings and preventing access to food, water and shelter. There may be many points of entry to a building, such as cracks, vents, pipes, cabling, drains, doorways, windows, screens, where measures can be taken to prevent access.

Any rodents present must be controlled using traps or poison according to acceptable practices and legislation related to food safety. Technology developed by Rentokil for use in zero-tolerance environments such as food and grocery retail companies can capture mice, eliminate them humanely without toxic chemicals, isolate them hygienically and wirelessly communicate with a secure online system to record the capture. The RADAR mouse capture unit and the PestConnect remote monitoring system enable 24/7 remote monitoring of a mouse infestation by the customer and Rentokil’s technicians.

2. Cockroaches

Cockroaches can cause particular problems in businesses that handle food because of their ability to hide in small places, their varied diet, rapid reproduction and the diseases they can carry.

Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, sheltering in the daytime and coming out at night to find food and other sites for shelter. They can shelter in shelving in food stores, dark places that provide the right temperature and humidity. These places are also hard to reach using normal cleaning and sanitation methods.

The risks from cockroaches in the food retail industry

  • Spread of diseases and allergens: cockroaches can carry a large number of disease-causing bacteria, including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Listeria and E. coli.
  • Droppings and bodily secretions stain and leave a foul odour that can permeate infestation areas, food and packaging;
  • Contamination of food items and equipment from saliva, droppings and bodily secretions.
  • Droppings and shed skins contain allergens, and heavy cockroach populations can trigger asthma attacks.

How to identify cockroaches

Although they can be difficult to spot due to being mostly nocturnal and their nesting habits, there are a handful of signs which could indicate an infestation in your supermarket:

  • A lingering unpleasant odour
  • Droppings which are brown/black in colour, cylindrical-shaped approx. 2mm long
  • Brown and irregularly shaped smear marks along horizontal surfaces.
  • Shed cockroach skins close to where they are sheltering.

How to manage cockroaches in a supermarket

Good sanitation practices will help prevent infestations and pick up the presence of cockroaches. These consist of cleaning up food and drink spillage, storing food in cockroach-proof containers, maintaining drains and removing food waste.

A number of treatments are available for the control of cockroaches in supermarkets, including sprays, aerosols, dusts and bait. In food handling premises the insecticides used must be permitted for use by the relevant authority and will require competent, trained personnel to apply them.

At Rentokil, we are developing a non-toxic pest control solution for cockroaches which uses fungal spores to effectively control and manage cockroach infestations within the food retail industry.

3. Stored product insects (SPIs)

Stored product insects (SPIs) is a generic term that covers beetles, weevils, moths and mites (which are arachnids) infesting food in storage anywhere in the food chain from the farm to the kitchen. Stored product pests are most likely to be in a food ingredient on delivery to the retail store or in a processed food product when stored for a long time.

The risks from SPIs in the food retail industry

SPIs will feed on food products which can lead to contamination — through physical damage, faeces, cocoons, etc and the introduction of microorganisms that cause further degradation, making food unfit or unacceptable for human consumption, introducing new expenditures in the form of replacement costs.

Additionally, research carried by Rentokil discovered that an infestation from stored product insects can cost the average business around $35,941 each year, double the costs of a typical infestation from other pests.

The common signs of stored product insects

  • damage to stored products, such as small holes in nuts or grain
  • live or dead insects (small beetles and moths), larvae, pupae or silken webbing on food storage bins
  • infestation, holes, larvae or webbing on the outside of packets or bags
  • larvae, pupae or silken webbing in food harbourages in cracks and crevices around shelves or on machinery
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Controlling SPIs in supermarkets

The most effective solution to control stored product insects in the food retail industry is through the use of an Integrated Pest management Programme (IPM). Rentokil’s IPM approach combines four core principles:

  • Exclusion: Eliminating the opportunities for entry
  • Restriction: Training staff in pest awareness to spot the early signs of infestations
  • Destruction: Utilizing innovative solutions to remove pests from the premises
  • Monitoring: Regular checks and monitoring devices to detect early warning signs of pest infestations

Each integrated pest management programmes are tailored to an individual company’s business needs. This will enable us to support compliance with food safety regulations, and help safeguard your reputation and profits.

4. Birds

Buildings such as food retail facilities, provide safe areas for birds to roost around the structure and in spaces such as under roofs. Food stores and waste storage areas may also provide a food supply that attracts the birds. Wild birds and their nests are protected by legislation and only birds regarded as pests can be controlled. The most common bird pests are pigeons, house sparrows, several gull species and starlings.

The damage caused by birds in supermarkets

Birds can cause physical damage by dislodging roof tiles, particularly the larger birds, and blocking guttering with nests and feathers. They produce substantial amounts of droppings which foul buildings, vehicles, paved areas and building entrances where there are deliveries and staff and the public walk, park vehicles and enter the premises.

Inside buildings, bird droppings, nesting material and feathers can contaminate surfaces, food products on display and in food preparation areas, equipment. Apart from being unsightly, bird droppings can also transmit many human pathogens including Salmonella, and E.coli.

The common signs of bird pests

  • Birds settling on roofs and ledges
  • Droppings concentrated in areas where birds nest
  • Debris from nests and feathers
  • Continuous bird cries

How the food retail industry can control birds

Bird control consists of preventing access to food, water and shelter. Basic practices to prevent access to food and water are:

  • keep doors closed when not in use;
  • remove spillages quickly;
  • keep garbage storage areas clean and containers shut;
  • garbage containers should be bird proof;
  • remove any standing water where possible;
  • regularly check food storage and delivery areas for potential bird access points.

Denying shelter includes eliminating nesting and feeding sites on buildings and in the vicinity of the facility. This should start with the design of the facility and include measures to prevent access to flat roofs, balconies, ledges, chimney stacks, guttering and culverts, which are favourite areas for nesting.

5. Flies

A number of fly species are attracted to food odours present in grocery stores, including fruit flies, drain flies and house flies. Flies are known to be able to carry over 100 pathogens that can cause disease in humans, including Salmonella and E. coli.

The risk from flies in food and grocery retail

One of the most common risks from flies in supermarkets is their ability to contaminate food products with pathogens which can cause illness customers. 64% of businesses worry about compensation claims resulting from an outbreak of food-borne diseases, which flies can be responsible for.

Additionally, research carried out by Rentokil discovered that flies were the leading cause of staff illnesses, creating a big disruption to productivity. Around an average of 9 working days are lost each year following a fly infestation.

The common signs of a fly infestation

The most common sign of fly infestations is the siting of both live flies and maggots. In supermarkets, flies can be found in multiple areas which provide prime locations to both feed and reproduce from. This include, but are not limited to:

  • Garbage and other refuse areas
  • Food storage areas
  • Drains and sinks

How to prevent flies in supermarkets

The application of standard hygiene practices is particularly important for controlling flies to reduce the attractive odours, feeding material and breeding sites. These can include regular inspection of supplies, cleaning food preparation areas and disposing of garbage regularly.

In addition, using screens on windows and vents as well as ensuring proper air circulation and proper building maintenance can also help prevent flies from entering a food retail facility.

Lumnia is an innovative commercial fly control trap designed to hygienically attract and encapsulate flies and other insects. The use of LED technology attracts flies at a greater distance compared to traditional electric fly killers whilst also providing an energy saving of 61%.

Pest management for the food retail industry

Rentokil offers a wide range of innovative pest management solutions to support the food retail industry in proactively managing and controlling pest infestations, helping ensure food safety compliance is delivered to the highest standards.

Steps being taken by Residential Communities to fight COVID-19

With Schools closed, Malls shuttered, and most offices declaring Work-From-Home, everyone is at home! This means the onus on Apartment Communities is greater to keep everyone safe and contain the spread of CoronaVirus or COVID-19.

Below are the steps communities are taking to fight against COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Please adapt the same as relevant to your community.

This Blog is being updated in Real Time, as and when we get more inputs from Communities. If your Community has put in measures, please do share text / pictures which can help others implement. Send your info to Twitter & Facebook .

16. Salary for Domestic Help

Update on 01-Apr-2020

It is time to pay salaries to Domestic Staff. Many Residential Communities in India had stopped the entry of Domestic Staff starting from middle of March, and the lockdown have stopped Domestic Staff altogether from attending to work.

However, they need their wages for running their household.

Many residents are continuing to pay full wages to their domestic help, some are paying a couple of months in advance. It is time we help those who help us everyday round the year.

2 methods being adopted for payment:

  1. UPI. Being contact-less payment, this is the best option currently. If your domestic help is not introduced to UPI yet, this is the best opportunity to set them up on it. Please check this link for instructions:
  2. Some communities are asking Domestic helpers to report at the gate where the resident can meet them and pay cash. Necessary arrangement for social distancing is maintained. The Resident as well as Domestic helpers must have their face covered, in case there are multiple helpers at a time, then position markers are drawn to ensure there is no crowding.

15. Advisory For Owners

Update on 31-March-2020

In light of the eviction of doctors, nurses and medical personnel from their rented homes, the Delhi Government has issued a circular preventing such evictions, terming it as illegal and a punishable offence. More details of the circular can be read here.

14. Ready List of Doctors in your community

Update on 26-March-2020

Having a ready list of Doctors and Healthworkers in your community can be very handy – to build a Emergency Response Team, or for confused Residents to have a chat with them on phone.

You can do this very easily if you have ADDA

Just ask all Residents to update the “Occupation” field on their Profile on ADDA app.

Then search in the Directory on ADDA app!

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13. Designated Apartments for Home Quarantine

Update on 26-March-2020

We hope this never has to come in use but now is the time to prepare for this contingency.

In few Communities, Owners of multiple properties are offering their vacant flats/units for effective Home Quarantine.

The Association keeps a list of these flats and facilitates the usage / rent Collection / vacating.

The resident who has to Home Quarantine can rent such a Flat for half/full month. This makes it easy for them to live separate from his/her family, at the same time one person from the family can visit to supply food and other essentials.

This makes sure the Quarantined person is comfortable with more space than a single room, and the Family and Community are avoiding infection.

Since many such vacant flats are owned by Non Resident Owners outside India, Association can collect the rent from the Quarantining family and provide a credit note to the Owner to reimburse the rent.

12. Security and Sanitation workers – hosting inhouse

Update on 26-March-2012

During lockdown period food and commute becomes an issue for the Security and sanitation personnel of the Community.

Multiple communities are hosting these personnel in makeshift setup in the Community Hall and other such facilities. While some communities are supplying them food cooked by Residents, many others are setting up Kitchen arrangements so these workers can cook their own food.

Essential Community Staff. PC: Oasis Breeze

11. Lockdown of the Apartment Complex upon detection of COVID-19 Infection

Update on 19-March-2020

If you are wondering what happens when someone is infected in the Community, please find an actual lockdown that happened on 18-March-2020 in Bangalore:

Our favorite part from the above article:

For all members of the community who do not have a live-in cook, and are unable to cook themselves, we are arranging for meals internally. These will be prepared by volunteers who have kindly offered to help during this period. Please reach out to us should you require assistance on this.

That’s community spirit!

10.Check-Points at the Entrance

Check vendors, helpers, and visitors at the main gate and tower entry points. Anyone found to have fever, cold and cough should be politely told that they cannot be allowed inside the premises.

Use non-contact thermometers such as infra-red thermometers to measure body temperature. If temperature is greater than 38 degree celcius (100.4 degree Fahrenheit) the person may not be allowed inside.

Temperature check at Gate. PC: Park West InfraRed Thermometer. PC: Park West

9. Collect Deliveries At Gate

To reduce the number of outsiders who enter the Apartment Community, deliveries are being kept at the Gate and the Residents are informed.

Residents walk to the Gate and collect their parcel. A bit of inconvenience but if it can save lives, it is our duty!

If you are using ADDA GateKeeper at the Gate, then the Resident can choose the “leave at gate” option. Or the Guard can call the Resident right from his GateKeeper mobile phone to inform of the Delivery to be collected.

Update on 17-March-2020:

ADDA has just launched the new feature “Collect-Delivery-At-Gate”. Just enable the setting in your ADDA GateKeeper configuration. Details here.

8. Encourage Residents to stay at Home

Public gatherings are paused until things get normal. Avoid conducting festivals, meetings, get-togethers inside the apartment community. Private functions are discouraged. Party hall booking cancellations to be refunded without any deductions.

Play areas are also closed and Children are discouraged to play outside / mingle. As they say “A bored child is better than a sick child!”

If there are Homes that require assisted Quarantine, now there’s a service on your ADDA app, powered by healthcare leader Portea!

This is currently available in Bangalore only.

7. Sanitize the Common Areas

Management team will ensure that elevators, handrails, and equipment in the children’s play area and gym are sanitized on a 2-hourly basis. Close down the swimming pool, gym, and other common amenities for a few weeks until there is no infection threat.

Elevators are the most used by outsiders as well as residents equally. Strict routine to sanitise the Elevators is a must.

Utilise Disinfectant that is Virucide, with high alcohol content.

Use the below Ready-to-Print checklist for each elevator.

Lift Sanitising Checklist. PC: ADDA

6. Install Handwash at Entrance

Hand Wash Facility or sanitizers to be placed at the main gate and the reception area. All the residents, domestic staff, helpers and visitors must be advised on hand hygiene to avoid any infections.

Quick Setup for Handwash at Gate. PC: Keerthi Flora

5. Consistently spread Awareness

Hold sensitization program for all staff working inside the premises. Announcements should be circulated among the residents and also be posted in common areas like elevators, reception, etc. to remind everyone twice to follow the safety measures.

Remember, FREQUENT awareness is needed for Staff, specially at the gate. They may become relaxed unless the impending danger is reminded to them frequently.

Here is an easy to remember poster for #DabtoSneeze #DabtoCough.

Poster for Sneeze/Cough hygiene to keep safe from Covid-19. PC: ADDA

Do not assume your security staff, housekeeping staff or helpers are aware of the right way to wash their hands or maintain distance. Provide explicit instructions and clarify questions.

Awareness Session for Guards and Housekeeping Staff. PC: Oasis Breeze

Posters to be printed and put around the common areas, specially at the entrance.

Posters from Ministry of Health – India

Click to download printable poster Click to download printable poster

Posters from Ministry of Health – Singapore (multiple)

Click to download printable posters (multiple)

4. Self-Quarantine

Residents who have recently travelled abroad are requested to declare the same to the Association office and self-quarantine themselves for 2 weeks and get themselves checked in case of symptoms of COVID-19.

3. Medical Help

Circulate notices that have the address and contact number of the Medical Centres in your city where COVID-19 testing is done and isolation beds are available. Form an emergency response team with residents who are Doctors and Paramedic staff in case anybody needs medical help.

Covid-19 HelpLine numbers – Central and State

2. Proactive Help to Senior Citizens

Check if there are Homes where Senior Citizens live by themselves. Since they are in COVID-19 high risk group, they may not be venturing outside. See if a volunteer group can be created to purchase essentials for them.

Below is the screenshot of a social media post where an apartment resident has taken an initiative to help the senior citizens in their society in this hour of need.

You can also arrange for vegetables / essentials van to visit the community at regular intervals so senior citizens can purchase without having to step out.

Vegetable Van brought into Community. PC: Park West

1. Keep Residents informed on an Official platform

Consider an Official platform like ADDA with verified Owners and Tenants to share Official information. Avoid the clutter of whatsapp groups or wechat groups for such important information.

Also utilise the features of Email Broadcast / App Notification / SMS Notification where needed.

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Also read Guest Article by Prasanna Krishnamurthy on Covid19 precautions for Apartment/Villa Communities

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