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“Prevention is always better than cure!”

With this principle in mind and with Defon’s decades of expertise, premises under construction and under renovation can be organized better and secured against pests.

The company’s scientists identify “weak points” of such premises, therefore, conditions that are likely to encourage pest infestations can be foreseen and/or detected early and addressed. This may result in significant cost savings and avoidance of problems in the future.

The installation of a carefully structured IPM system will set the standards and format the strategy that has be followed. Continued audits, in conjunction with education and training of client’s staff by Defon, will safeguard the smooth operation of this system.

Consultation regarding new facilities is advised to start as early as at the drawing board stage of development. For example, to better avoid termite infestations, it is appropriate that treatments are applied prior to the construction of the concrete base.

Examples of potential pest hazards
  • Infestations initiating whilst work-in-progress

    Premises under construction or under renovation are at their most vulnerable. Pests can enter through openings (doors, windows, etc.), exposed insulation between walls, open ventilation voids, gaps around pipes, etc.

    Under these circumstances, many pests can be of concern. Amongst them, rodents are of a particular concern. Construction activity can disturb those who live in the surrounding area, causing them to seek harbourage within the premises and gnaw pipes or even wires, which amongst others, can create a fire hazard.

    Rodents may also get trapped and sealed inside voids and cavities (e.g. in false ceilings, between panels, under floors, etc.) where they will die and decompose, giving rise to bad odours and health hazards. Removing the carcasses, can be a very or extremely difficult and costly procedure.

  • Infestation as a result of the general untidiness whilst work-in-progress

    Disorderly stacked objects and tools, can often provide harborage to pests. In addition, waste (eg bags of cement, rubble etc.) can be utilised as a habitat.

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When installing equipment, machinery and fixtures, manufacturers often focus on ergonomics and aesthetics. Sometimes, the importance of proper design and accessibility, that would ease inspection and cleaning in "sensitive" areas, internally and around the exterior, is ignored. Defon’s scientists focus on this very issue and in cooperation with the manufacturers prevent these problems from arising or, if called later, they identify "sensitive" spots and propose solutions retrospectively.

Examples of infestation favored by poor accessibility and improper cleaning
  • Bar areas

    Because of the need for frequent renovation work, stylish but makeshift constructions, are usually observed. Poorly assembled, makeshift and badly positioned cupboards, workbenches and fitted appliances which are installed without proper planning, ovens and refrigerators without the ability to be moved, are just a few examples. The result of all these is the inability to correctly clean and inspect, so food and drink accumulate in "sensitive" spots, often favoring pest infestations such as cockroaches and species of the Genus Drosophila.

  • Bakery Ovens

    These sometimes offer no access for cleaning (e.g. within cavities or between attachments). Debris from food, etc. may accumulate in inaccessible places providing abundant food and ideal breeding environments for numerous pests, such as many Stored Product Insects.

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“It’s Never Too Late to Fix a Problem!”

Defon’s experienced scientists offer guidance, providing solutions to problems relating to the need for improved security against pests on operating premises.

With the challenge of aggravated cases related to “aged” premises and entrenched bad practices, clients are supported via real and feasible solutions. However difficult the case may be, the necessary interventions are suggested and best practices are recommended. Even in well organized facilities, there is always room for improvement to ensure they do not become susceptible to infestations. In each case, the installation of a tailor made IPM system, backed up with continuous auditing, education and training of client’s staff, by Defon, will set new standards and correct bad practices.

The combination of premise improvements with an effective system in place, along with the avoidance of infestations, ultimately leads to cost savings.

Examples of problems that occur due to the aging of premises and improper practices
  • Wrong hygiene practices

    Getting used to a situation leads to acceptance. Organic matter accumulation in hard to reach places over time constitutes a characteristic situation. Its removal is often not regarded imperative by the people in charge whilst it is considered as part of the overall "aging" of premises.

  • Degradation of premises and/or inappropriate facilities

    Older premises "suffer" from "'injuries caused over time, such as damaged walls, rotten and old drains, gaps around pipes, broken kitchen tiling, etc. enabling the establishment of pests. Health regulated establishments which operate in facilities that were not designed for such use, often present major problems that become established without the appropriate modifications.

  • Improper storage

    With the mindset to gain usable space, pallets and other items are often stored improperly favoring pest infestations and blocking access for inspection and cleaning. Similar problems are observed were there is an accumulation of useless objects.

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