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Pest Files: Locating Ant Nests

A major key to dealing with ants at your facility is to know how to locate an ant's nest and to understand what attracted the ants in the first place.

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Ants: Complex, but Controllable Pest

With more than 12,400 species of ants in the world, controlling ants seems complex. By understanding ant behavior, you can easily eliminate them.

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Common Types of Ants

Ants can cause serious problems for your business. Use this guide to identify common types of ants so you can confidently maintain a pest-free facility.

Bed Bugs

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Commercial Bed Bug Elimination

Bed bug infestations are found throughout the world and show up even in the most exclusive hotels, resorts, long term care facilities, cruise ships and other places where people gather. These small, nocturnal, blood-feeding insects can damage your brand and reputation, resulting in costly inventory replacement, or worse. Trust the experts at Ecolab to inspect and treat your facilities for bed bugs.


Dangers of Cockroaches on Food

The Dangers of Cockroaches

Learn how cockroaches can affect food safety.

How cockroaches spread disease

Diseases Spread by Cockroaches

They are known transmitters of diseases and can easily contaminate food and food-handling surfaces.

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Common Pest Cockroaches

Learn about common species of cockroaches most commonly found in commercial kitchens and food handling facilities.

Large Flies

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Facts About Large Flies ("House Flies")

Large flies, also known as filth flies, include houseflies, bottle/blow flies and flesh flies. Understanding the biology and behavior of these common types of large flies can help with fly prevention in your facility. 
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Large Flies and Food Safety

Large flies including houseflies, bottle or blow flies and flesh flies are also called “filth flies” because they breed in filth such as manure, human excreta, dumpsters, garbage, and decaying vegetation, causing a food safety risk. 
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How to Prevent Large Fly Problems

To protect your business from the health risk posed by large flies such as houseflies and bottle/blow flies, there are steps you and your pest management provider can take to minimize food safety risks. 

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Benefit of Outside-In Approach

Implementing a comprehensive program utilizing an Outside-In Approach can greatly improve your efforts towards large fly prevention in your facility. 

Small Flies

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Facts About Small Flies

Depending on the types of flies that are present, different actions may be required for treatment and elimination. Understanding some of the more common types of small flies and their preferred breeding sites can help with fly prevention in your facility. 

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Fruit Flies and Food Safety

Although the fruit fly (also known as a small fly) has historically been considered a nuisance pest, recent research proves that small flies contaminate food with bacteria carried from unsanitary surfaces (such as trash, drains, mops, etc.). 

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Fly Control and Prevention

There are many simple actions that can make a big difference in avoiding a fruit fly infestation. 



A Winning Playbook for Rodent Defense and Food Safety

Rodents can be a major problem for food and beverage processing facilities any time of year, but the adverse conditions of winter can accelerate the problem.

The dangers of rodents have on Food Safety

Food Safety 101: Inspecting Winter Deliveries for Rodents 

Whether your food facility is located in the frigid north or hot south, winter months mean cooling weather which can significantly impact rodent behavior.
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Employees, Your First Defense Against Rodents

Because rodents are prolific breeders and rarely seen during the day or when operation is in full swing, an infestation can develop quickly and your employees need to know how to act quickly.

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