How to Inspect Stock For Signs Of Pests

Pests cause significant damage to businesses. This mostly happens through property damage, but also through the damage of stock. In fact, stock damage can be far more devastating. So what are the signs of pests in stock? Also, what can you do about this?

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Why you might get pests in your stock

Stock should be inspected as often as possible. Try to do this at least once a week (or daily). This is important because you do not want to give pests a chance to take hold. For example, if you store goods away for months, don’t be surprised if you return to find pests. Remember, vermin thrive in places where humans are absent and can squeeze through tiny holes, so check often.

Next, think about what you’re storing. Some items are more attractive than others. The biggest issue here is obviously food. Any food that is stored will eventually attract pests. This is especially true if you’re storing dry goods like grain, flour or pasta.

Also think about other items which are vulnerable. A good example is clothing and items made from natural fibres. These are especially attractive to moths. Finally, be careful with anything that is hard and can be gnawed by rodents.

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Look for these signs of pests in your stock

When inspecting stored food, one of the biggest signs of pests are holes in packets. Also look for droppings. Rats and mice who get into food will defecate nearby, so watch out for that. Along with this, you may detect the odour of urine.

Other signs of pests include dead insects, as well as well as larvae, pupae or shed skin. Something else you want to look out for is webbing. This webbing is made by meal moths, who weave webs over their foods sources. You may also see this webbing near to where food is stored i.e. on shelves.

With items made from natural fibres, the thing you’re looking for are holes. These are caused by moths. Finally, check for gnaw marks, which are caused by rats. These may appear on things like furniture.

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It’s all very well to spot the signs of pests, but what can you actually do about this? To start with, try to get stock out as fast as possible. Make sure you are keeping stock safe from contamination. Things like food should also be stored as securely as possible. Make sure that doors and windows seal tightly. Also check for entrance points like cracks in the walls.

What we also recommend is that you take out a pest control contract. With a pest contract, you get access to routine pest maintenance and discrete pest control. Our technicians will come around and inspect for pests. We will also carry out preventative measures. This way you do not have to worry about the problem, and pests are also kept at bay.

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