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

Regardless of the assortment of objects in this category, there is a common denominator regarding the need to overcome the above possible faults. Through the implementation of a thoroughly structured IPM system, Defon sets standards and shapes the strategy to be followed. Combined with continuous inspections, the theoretical and practical training of client’s staff ensures smooth operation of the premises.

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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"Better late than never!"

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 or reinforcement of good practice 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.

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, old and run-down drains, gaps around pipes, broken kitchen tiling, etc. enabling the entry and 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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"Prevention is always better than cure!"

With this principle in mind and taking into consideration that premises whilst under construction and under renovation are at a highly vulnerable state, the company’s scientists identify the "weak points".

At this stage, the need to protect the premises is of paramount importance and highlights the requirement to implement an IPM system. This will set standards and procedures that will extend beyond the construction work, into and through the operation of the usual scope of the business, providing the business is still functioning. Thus, Defon will train and audit staff across the whole work spectrum.

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 exposed. 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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