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PEST CONTROL
"Egg producers are taking this issue seriously," he
said. "Biosecurity procedures have been put in place that
keep even consultants like me from visiting complexes.
Pest control programs that follow these new procedures
have been very successful."

Issues before the implementation of the rule
Before the implementation of the rule, some operations
treated pest management as a rather simple approach of
attempting to control rats, mice, flies and insects, while
other farms had sophisticated, proactive programs in place.
Despite the additional investment incurred with
costs of pest programs and record-keeping, operations
have seen a financial benefit from lower feed waste, less
damage and reduced maintenance of facilities and fewer
fly nuisance issues.
According to Rowland, companies that had already taken
steps to implement a more proactive approach have probably
seen fewer savings or, perhaps, even higher costs due to additional requirements of documentation and compliance.
He feels that the entire industry has benefited from
the rule as pest control and biosecurity requirements are
essential to reduce risks of pests or humans transmitting Salmonella or other diseases such as avian influenza.
Rowland said fly control is different
in cage-free housing than conventional
systems. In cage-free systems, fly
populations may spread throughout a
house rather than be concentrated in
the manure pit. Also, as birds help control
flies, the population may be slightly lower. He stressed
that consistent monitoring is important to keep the fly
population successfully controlled.

Pest management plan
Chelle Hartzer, technical services manager at Orkin, said:
"Pest management sounds easy. You see a pest, kill it and
move on. However, an integrated pest management plan
requires a much more detailed approach to solving pest problems and, more importantly, preventing infestations. How
did the pest get into the facility? We need to identify the food

Each pest station, such as this fly light, should
be monitored, with pest activity recorded on a
scheduled basis. Courtesy Orkin
source of the pest. Are environmental conditions right for the
pest to become established? Where might they establish?"
Hartzer outlines steps required in an integrated pest
management plan for an egg operation that meets the
requirements of the FDA's Salmonella Guidance.
■ Identify potential threats
■ Establish preventive controls
■ Monitor for effectiveness
■ Make corrective actions as necessary
■ Verify solutions are appropriate
■ Keep good documentation

People are the key to rodent control on
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articles/35319
There are many threats that need to be evaluated to
identify existing or potential problems. Look for evidence
of and/or conditions that could lead to pest infestation.
Hartzer likes to use a risk-based assessment model to
move from a reactive mode of treating when problems are
observed and shifts to a preventive mode. This change is
accomplished by defining what is the risk, where is the
risk and what is the potential impact.
After risks are documented from a thorough review,
controls can be put in place. For example, in an egg
production building, this must include baiting for rats,
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Egg Industry - September 2019
Pest control 10 years after FDA’s Egg Safety Rule
Iowa Cage Free delivering on hen welfare promise
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