As the temperature outside drops, we cozy up inside our nice, warm houses. Unfortunately, so do insects and rodents.  Insects and other pests often will enter a home through an unsealed door, torn screen, crack in the foundation or walls. After entry the pest will inhabit a portion of your home and reproduce. After a pest has infested your home it can be very difficult to exterminate.
As the temperature outside drops, we cozy up inside our nice, warm houses. Unfortunately, so do insects and rodents. Insects and other pests often will enter a home through an unsealed door, torn screen, crack in the foundation or walls. After entry the pest will inhabit a portion of your home and reproduce. After a pest has infested your home it can be very difficult to exterminate.
Whether the invaders are as small as an ant or as big as a family of skunks, your best defense against pests is sealing off their entry points into your fortress. Sealing your house can solve many in home infestations.  To prevent these pest from entering your home specific measures can be taken to seal these entry points.
Whether the invaders are as small as an ant or as big as a family of skunks, your best defense against pests is sealing off their entry points into your fortress. Sealing your house can solve many in home infestations. To prevent these pest from entering your home specific measures can be taken to seal these entry points.
  • do

    • seal up cracks and crevices with sealant
    • screen entry points such as vents that open to exteriors
    • remove window air conditioning units
    • assess exterior lighting situation
    • apply insecticide outdoors around perimeter of building by mid-October
  • don't

    • wait to sweep or vacuum up insects
    • fog your entire home or building
    • fear that insects will reproduce indoors
    • worry about bringing outdoor potted plants indoors
    • forget to seal around external pipes leading into the home

Pest Control Services

1

Assess Inspection

We will conduct a thorough inspection of your property, bring in state-of-the-art equipment.

2

Implement Getting the Job Done

We will take care of identified problems and fill out a Pest Control Service Ticket.

3

Monitor A Year-Round Solution

We will check for new pests while monitoring the status of previous treatments.

BRCGS food safety

In August 2018, the leading brand and consumer protection organisation, BRCGS published Issue 8 of its internationally recognised Global Standard for Food Safety. This new update is of significant interest to food manufacturers who are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of safety for the benefit of their reputation, revenue and customers. BRCGS is […]

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BRCGS food safety

In August 2018, the leading brand and consumer protection organisation, BRCGS published Issue 8 of its internationally recognised Global Standard for Food Safety. This new update is of significant interest to food manufacturers who are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of safety for the benefit of their reputation, revenue and customers. BRCGS is […]

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BRCGS food safety

In August 2018, the leading brand and consumer protection organisation, BRCGS published Issue 8 of its internationally recognised Global Standard for Food Safety. This new update is of significant interest to food manufacturers who are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of safety for the benefit of their reputation, revenue and customers.

BRCGS is currently the largest GFSI approved food safety standards certification scheme. The Issue 8 update reflects the latest thinking in food safety, providing a strong and clear framework for those in the food and food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industry to assist them in managing product safety, integrity, legality and quality.

Food Safety

If you use the BRCGS for Food Safety or are thinking of implementing it, here’s a quick summary of the key things you need to know about the latest update.

BRCGS Global Standards for Food Safety: Key dates

September 2018

Training of BRCGS approved training partners on Issue 8 started. These trainers will soon be available to provide guidance and training on the updated standards to senior food manufacturer site managers and production staff.

October 2018

Training of auditors began.  Site managers will also be able to receive training from approved training partners from this date.

February 2019

BRCGS audits have started to apply the new Issue 8 standard from February. Anyone who wants to achieve the latest standard will need to be fully conversant with its requirements.

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What’s different from Issue 7 of the BRCGS Global Standards for Food Safety?

The development of Issue 8 has followed a wide consultation to understand international stakeholders’ requirements and a review of emerging issues in the food industry. The findings of the consultation have resulted in BRCGS stipulating the need for greater control in a number of key areas. These areas include:

Product safety culture

One of the biggest changes is that Issue 8 puts more focus on encouraging the development of product safety culture. From now on, senior management on food manufacturing sites will need to define and maintain a clear plan for the development and continuous improvement of food safety and quality culture.

Environmental monitoring

Environmental monitoring measures the overall effectiveness of sanitary design, personnel practices and operational methods against indicator organisms, spoilage organisms and pathogens. BRCGS says that environmental monitoring programmes now need to be based on risk relating to these areas. As a minimum, they must also include the establishment of a sampling protocol that covers identification of sample locations, the frequency of tests, target organism, test methods and recording and evaluation of results.

High-risk zones  

Issue 8 also adds greater clarity to the requirements for high risk, high care and ambient high care production risk zones. The new standards stipulate that compliance will depend on high-risk areas being clearly mapped out, for example. Where high-risk areas are part of the manufacturing site, there will also need to be physical segregation between these areas and others – taking into account product flow, nature of materials, equipment, personnel, waste, airflow, air quality and utilities provision.

Pest management

The pest management section was largely unchanged. Additional references were added for regulatory compliance and consideration of birds as a potential pest.

Alongside these changes, the new standards also continue to emphasise BRCGS’ longstanding support for the need for strong management commitment, strict adherence to HACCP plans and a supporting quality management system.

BRCGS and Rentokil Initial 

As part of our strategic alliance, Rentokil Initial has worked closely with BRCGS to review the Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 to produce the associated Pest Control Guidelines.

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