With so many retailers in the one place, pest control in shopping centres is best left to the experts. Butchers, grocers, cafes and other food-service venues are all tightly placed together, making for a great breeding ground for introduced pests.
To compound the problem, shopping centres have multiple entrance points and complex supply chains, making it very easy to bring in pests from outside.
At Statewide Pest Control, we have extensive knowledge of pest management in shopping centres, and we time our visits to be discrete so as not to interrupt shoppers.
Well-equipped pest management solutions
Statewide Pest Control technicians are highly knowledgeable about managing pests in retail spaces and shopping centres. As a subsidiary of Orkin Australia, we are part of one of Australia’s biggest pest management businesses, which gives us the capability to quickly deploy resources across Victoria or the rest of the country.
We are 100% committed to each of our clients – we provide you with a dedicated account manager and pest technician team who will look after all your pest management strategy, monitoring and service.
Experienced with everything from small retail outlets to major shopping centres, we design a pest management strategy specific to your requirements. We also meet the requirements of any necessary compliance standard, including HACCP and ISO, and all our pesticides are licensed by APVMA.
Comprehensive pest management process
Shopping centres and retail spaces are complex places, but their pest management has to be done right. We have a tried and tested process for successfully managing pests across all types of shopping centres.
Step 1. We conduct a thorough audit of your premises
It’s important we understand the details of every business we work with, so we can assess your risk of harbouring pests. We:
- Inspect the premises and storage areas to find pest entry points and hiding areas
- Inspect vehicles transporting goods and the loading docks where they arrive
- Assess your existing pest reports
- Inspect the surrounding environment
Step 2. We assign you your own pest control team
We are committed and dedicated to keeping our clients’ retail spaces free of pests. To succeed in this, we give you a personal account manager and team of pest control technicians, who develop a thorough understanding of your business and keep a close eye on it through our PesTrak monitoring system.
Step 3. We plan out your customised pest management program
Once we thoroughly understand your premises, operations and associated risks, we design an integrated pest management program specific to your business. It is always based around three main focus areas: inspect, identify and treat.
This can include:
- Warehouse maintenance and exclusion practices
- Advice on good housekeeping and hygiene
- Pest management inspections and monitoring
- Physical control methods
- Chemical control methods
- Managing the surrounding environment
Step 4. We use PesTrak to keep you up to date on your progress
Our proprietary PesTrak system is a bait station monitoring tool that shows you all your baiting activities in real-time and allows us to keep a close eye on your facilities. If you call us or we get an automatic alert about activity in a baiting station, we can remotely check your facility and take action if required.
If you are audited for your pest control, all your compliance-related documents are kept together on the PesTrak platform where you can access them anytime 24/7, 365 days a year.
Legislation, compliance and standards
We are across all required safety standards related to commercial pest control. We use the PesTrak system to allow you to keep your records of all pesticide applications (as required by law), and all of our pesticides are registered with APVMA.
We are also compliant with the following standards:
If you need ISO compliance, we can adopt ISO standard pest management services within your premises to meet both internal and external requests. Our pest control strategies are compliant with your ISO accreditation.
For shops that serve food, we are certified to apply pest management that meets HACCP standards for these areas.
Other certified standards
For any other standards you need, we can roll out a pest management solution that meets both your internal and external pest management requirements.
Pests commonly found in shopping centres
Stored product pests
Stored product pests are beetles, moths and weevils found in foods that have been processed in some way, such as pasta, flour, biscuits, cereals and processed meats Given their ability to enter minuscule holes in packaging made of cardboard, plastic and foil, they can infest food anywhere along the supply chain and are difficult to control.
Stored product pests can cause huge financial for retailers unable to sell the goods, so it’s important to have experts to keep them under control.
Ants are attracted to any areas with food, such as cafes and food service areas, or food being shipped into the shopping centre. They can carry diseases, but their most common impact to deter customers and make you lose your reputation. Ants are quite difficult to control, but we have proven, effective solutions for eradicating them in many different retail centres.
Cockroaches are attracted to any areas with food, such as commercial kitchens and food courts. They spread diseases and can contaminate any stored food.
They are also very fast breeders. The common rule is that for every cockroach you see, there are ten more hidden out of sight, so it’s essential you get professional pest control in as soon as you spot one.
Protect your retail premises with safe, effective pest control
We know how important it is to keep shops and shopping centres pest-free without the use of harmful chemicals. Statewide Pest Control has a well-resourced and experienced team that will go above and beyond to administer the highest standard of pest management for your business. Call us for a free audit.
CALL 1300 467 546