Ahead of the Takeaway show this September, Julia Pittman from BPCA member, Beaver Pest Control, shares her 5 top tips takeaways and restaurants can do to be proactive about their pest control.
The exhibition, held at London’s Excel arena claims to be ‘Europe’s leading event for takeaway and restaurant owners’.Takeaway Expo 2016 features over 150 expert speakers, 300 exhibitors and for the first time, BPCA.
The Association will use it’s attendance at the event to highlight the impact pests can have on fast food establishments, present the benefits of proactive pest control, and showcase it’s membership to over 5,000 attendees.
Julia Pittman, Head of Sales, leads Beaver’s Sales and Marketing function and became a partner in the firm early 2014.
When asked about what Takeaway shops, and other food outlets can do to be forward thinking about their pest control, Julia said,
“When you pay for a service from your pest controller you have to think about what’s the best way to make sure you get the most for your money?”
Julia went on to outline the following activities;
Proofing – make sure your pest controller looks for areas which need proofing and provides you with recommendations. Some companies also do a small amount of proofing during their visit. Ask if yours does.
Cleaning – your pest controller should show you areas which may be missed during your cleaning routine. These are normally behind fridges, ovens, etc. Unless your kitchen is jet washed every day there will be areas which are likely to benefit from extra cleaning.
Monitoring – your pest controller is there to actively monitor the risks of pest activity. Make sure they are doing a thorough job and not just ticking boxes in the report folder.
Recording – you should receive a report every visit specifying what your pest controller has found during the visit and what they recommend.
Listen to your professional pest controller – they are the experts. They look at kitchens with pest problems day in and day out. They know where to look and what causes risks. If your pest controller recommends that you take action to prevent pests, then you probably should.
“You pay the money, make sure you get a pro-active service. The most effective pest control contracts are a partnership.”