Keep Stored-product Pests Out of the Kitchen
By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | May 19, 2010
Unfortunately, this scenario goes awry when a guest has an unpleasant stay at your establishment - especially when a pest is involved and even more so if the problem happens in the heart of every hotel and home, the kitchen. You might not notice a pest problem here as easily as you would in a guest room, which your housekeeping staff cleans on a daily basis. Hotel kitchens attract pests because they contain four key elements necessary for their survival: food, water, shelter and warm temperatures. Who's one of the culprits for kitchen pest problems? Stored-product pests: guilty as charged.
If they sneak their way inside your establishment and into the kitchen, stored-product pests like Indian meal moths and cigarette beetles can quickly contaminate your food supply, potentially put your guests at risk for food-borne illness and harming your bottom line. That's why kitchen pest management should become one of your top priorities.
The best kitchen pest management programs follow an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. IPM programs emphasize proactive, environmentally conscious methods to prevent pest problems and rely upon accurate identification of pests for proper treatment selection. Be sure to talk with your pest management professional about how you can incorporate stored-product pest prevention into your overall pest management program and ensure your hotel kitchen passes its next health inspection with flying colors.
Know Your Enemy: Stored-product Pests
In the fight against stored-product pests, it's important to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Proper pest identification is essential for the selection of an appropriate and effective treatment strategy and long-term prevention methods. Stored-product pests are classified into four main groups based on their feeding habits: internal feeders, external feeders, scavengers and secondary feeders.
Internal feeder insects lay their eggs inside the kernels of whole grain, so the larvae can feed entirely within the grain kernels. Difficult to detect, the larvae don't emerge from the kernels until they mature to adults. Examples of internal feeders include the rice weevil, granary weevil, lesser grain borer, and the Angoumois grain moth.
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