The Challenge: One of the critical challenges facing a food handling business is dealing with the ever-changing compliance requirements. Maintaining a pest control plan and preparing for a food safety audit can be a time consuming and frustrating task.
The Solution: Progressive Pest Control has developed a four-point pest management plan. This incorporates education, inspection, application and documentation procedures, which are, based on government and food safety audit requirements. Much of the criteria in our pest management plan is derived from principles in The U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act; Good Manufacturing Practices,CFR Title 21,Part 110 ; and the U.S. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
Our Commitment: We recognize that a pest management plan is only as good as the technician implementing it. All of our service technicians are licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and attend regular continuing educational workshops. This includes a series of in-house and outside training sessions such as the Purdue University Pest Management Correspondence Course Program. By making these investments, Progressive Pest Control personnel stay current on the latest prevention methods and best practices.
The cornerstone of are pest management plan is inspection. Our inspections are broken down into three parts, sampling, identifying and monitoring of pests. By sampling and identifying we determine what pest we are dealing with. Monitoring helps us obtain an estimate of the pests population level and the source of infestation. This information will guide us in what control measures we will implement.
The application of pest management procedures is broken down into non-chemical and chemical pest management. The use of insect and rodent traps, insectrocutors and exclusion are forms of non-chemical methods. Chemical procedures may include low impact liquid and aerosol sprays, exterior rodent bait stations and Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging.
Documentation shall cover all necessary information about liability insurance, license, services and materials to be used in accordance with government regulations. Accurate and complete service records describing current levels of pest activity and corrective actions taken will be completed and signed by the service technician.