A food processing plant.

Left unchecked, pests can cause millions of dollars worth of damage to your commercial facility. They’re capable of destroying your product, compromising your delicate equipment, and ruining your reputation. Pests are particularly problematic in the food prep and distribution industry. Food processing facilities are a pest paradise. They offer everything a pest wants: shelter, warmth, seclusion, and most importantly, unlimited food. Rice, flour, grain, and cereal are very common food processing products. They’re also the preferred snack of pantry pests.

Preventing pantry pest infestations in your food processing facility should be one of your top priorities. We’re here to help you get started. Here’s what you should know about pantry pests in commercial facilities, and how to keep them out of yours.

Which pantry pests commonly infest food processing plants?

First, we’ll explain what a pantry pest is. “Pantry pest” is a common term for basically any pest that commonly infests dried food. You’ll find them anywhere that stores things like cereal, spices, chocolate, candy, and grain. The most troubling characteristic of pantry pests is the fact that they reproduce in their stored food habitats. They reproduce very quickly, too, which means infestations grow in a very short period of time. Some of the most common pantry pests are:

How do pantry pests get inside your facility?

Pantry pests can get inside your facility in a number of different ways. Watch out for them infiltrating by:

What are the best steps to take when it comes to prevention?

We’ve told you about the different types of common pantry pests and how they get into your facility. Now, here are some easy-to-implement best practices to help you prevent those pests from getting inside.

If you do your best and still find that pantry pests have invaded your plant, don’t worry. The team of trained technicians at Assured Environments are standing by to clear them out and keep them out in the future.