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Skilled and Experienced IPM Specialists

Successful pest management depends directly upon the quality of the people implementing the service. ABC Home and Commercial educates and trains our IPM Specialists in the most advanced products and pest management techniques for the food industry. Our dedicated team of specialists has also undergone training in areas specific to the food industry so that our clients can rest assured that their pest control professional is knowledgeable on current food-safety and food-security requirements.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Overview

Preventing food-borne disease is at the core of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, shifting focus from reacting to foodborne illness to preventing it through the implementation of science-based hazard analysis and a program of preventive controls.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proactive program based on the strategies of prevention, monitoring, and control. By focusing on pest exclusion, sanitation, and habitat manipulation for the long term prevention of pests, the need for chemical control is greatly reduced, minimizing risks to human health and the environment. For this reason, IPM has become the industry standard for food manufacturing, processing, and distribution aligning wholly with the preventive food safety doctrines of FSMA 2011. ABC Home and Commercial proudly leverages IPM principles to provide our clients with strategic, food safety-centric solutions.

The 6 Principles of IPM

Monitoring

  • Regular site inspections and trapping to determine pest type and pressure

Record-Keeping

  • Cataloging pest captures to establish trends
  • Documentation of control measures

Action Levels

  • Establish practical action levels for each pest type

Prevention

  • Alert client to pest-conducive conditions
  • Educate the client about how to exclude and discourage pests

Tactics

  • Exclusion
  • Sanitation
  • Treatment

Evaluation

  • Regular re-evaluation of the IPM program in response to pest pressures, trends, and altering environments
Partners in Pest Management

We believe effective pest management requires a collaborative approach between the client and the service provider. Our IPM specialists build a relationship with their client based around open dialog and knowledge-sharing. Our IPM specialist will manage immediate pest issues whilst alerting and educating their client on resolving pest-conducive conditions. This leads to greater satisfaction and sustainable results by eliminating the causes of infestation.

Third-Party Compliance

In this climate of increased regulatory oversight, many food processors and distributors are looking to third-party auditing schemes as an endorsement that food safety standards are met. The extensive training and certification of our IPM specialists, alongside support from our dedicated quality department, ensure adherence to third-party audit standards. ABC Home and Commercial IPM programs for food facilities will meet standards set by the following audit schemes:

Commercial Food Processing in Dallas, TX
Full-Service Capabilities

ABC Home and Commercial offers a comprehensive range of services to meet the increasing demands of the food industry, including:

  • Bioremediation Services
  • Bird Management
  • Flying Insect Management
  • Fumigations
  • GMP Audits and Training
  • Insect Management
  • IPM Client Training
  • Pest Identification 
  • Pest Prevention/Exclusion Consultations
  • Pest Proofing
  • Pheromone Monitoring
  • Pre-Audit Inspections
  • Rodent Management
  • Sanitation Inspections and Consultations
  • Stored Product Pest Management 
Documentation and Communication

Documentation is a critical component of regulatory compliance and our ABC Home and Commercial Log Book will include the following documents:  

  • Service Specifications and Procedures
  • Service Reports
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Licenses and Certifications
  • Equipment Location Map
  • Pest Sighting Log
  • Material Usage Log
  • Approved Material List
  • Specimen Labels
  • SDS
  • Pest Activity
  • Trend Reports
  • Quality Assurance Reviews
  • Program Review Results

Service reports provided at the time of service will detail all aspects of the services performed:

  • Pest activity noted
  • Structural and sanitation conditions
  • Preventive recommendations
  • Corrective actions taken
  • Materials used
  • Target pests treated
  • Areas treated
  • Application location and technique(s)
  • Equipment serviced
  • Time in and time out

The cornerstone of great service is effective communication. Our IPM specialists are encouraged to develop respectful and honest relationships with their clients to promote the true spirit of cooperation. Every effort is made by our IPM specialists to review each service with stakeholders to provide consistent and valuable information to help craft informed decisions. The quality of the IPM program is further supported and regularly assessed with quarterly reviews by the ABC Home and Commercial Quality Assurance team, ensuring that every service leaves a facility ready for a scheduled or unscheduled audit.