Published: 20 March 2017 by Graeme Cushion
A recent mice infestation in a shopping centre has once again given me pause for thought in terms of the challenges which face operators of keeping their premises pest free.
This is particularly difficult in major cities and close to waterways where mice and rats are often prevalent.
The major construction works which are involved in the development of a shopping centre, for example, can often result in mice being displaced from their settled habitat. Not surprisingly, as they search for a new home they will undoubtedly be attracted to the sorts of food sources on offer in restaurants and bars and particularly where the cleaning regimes are not up to scratch.
Numerous regulations under Food Safety legislation apply, not least the specific requirement to have adequate pest control procedures in place.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of some basic steps to be taken to minimise the risk:
Prosecutions are expensive with fine levels being potentially high, not to mention the damage which can be done to a business as a result of any adverse publicity. It is therefore very worthwhile taking the time and effort to ensure that your business is properly protected.
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