Tips for sticky stored product pest situations


November 2, 2021

Dr. Janis Reed, BCE

Dr. Janis Reed, BCE, Technical Services Director, Control Solutions Inc.

Several years ago, when testing for my Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) accreditation, I realized how little I really knew about stored product pests (SPP). I could identify the pests, and I knew basic biological differences. My experience in pest control helped me understand how to manage them in a limited source situation. However, I was lacking real-world, practical experience in situations where SPP must be managed, like food processing, manufacturing and storage.

Here are a few tips I’ve since picked up along the way that can help pest management professionals (PMPs) in sticky SPP situations:

  • Never underestimate the value of facility sanitation.
  • Learn the function of each piece of equipment at an account.
  • Identify equipment not being used or in disrepair.
  • Pheromone lures are very useful as monitoring tools.
  • Identification of a pest only gets you so far.
  • A thorough inspection will bring the win every time.

A final tip is to avoid criticism and blame of different people or departments in the facility. By being a partner, and providing a clear plan of attack, you can provide quality service with many benefits to your clients.

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Dr. Janis Reed, BCE, Technical Services Manager, Control Solutions Inc.

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