- Bed Bugs
- Pest Identification
- Careers at Schendel
- Contact Us
AIB Changes 2009 Inspection Standards
The American Institute of Baking International (AIB) has made significant changes to its 2009 standards for inspection. Schendel recently hosted a training seminar for our food grade clients with Al St. Cyr, AIB’s Head of Food Safety Education. St. Cyr did a great job outlining AIB changes related to pest management programs, and I thought it would be helpful to summarize some of his comments here. Since this is just a general overview, you should contact us directly if you have specific questions or concerns about the pest management program in your inspected facility. Also, more detailed information about the changes can be found at www.aibonline.org/2009standards .
Homeowners typically work to prevent smaller pests – notably rodents– from seeking shelter indoors during colder temperatures. Yet the unwelcome presence of other wildlife such as birds, bats, squirrels, skunks and raccoons often goes unaddressed despite the similar health and property risks these animals pose.
Birds frequently harbor diseases such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus and histoplasmosis, a respiratory disease spread through infected bird droppings. Bats, raccoons and skunks are frequent carriers of rabies, which is potentially fatal if left untreated. In fact, as many as 40,000 people each year in the United States are exposed to animals that might have rabies, and must seek treatment as a result.
Having a few birds nesting around a sign or on a window sill may not seem like a big deal, but pest birds can cause costly damage, or even be deadly to humans and other animals. Did you know that the nesting materials of birds--straw, twigs and grass--is highly flammable? If birds build their nests inside electrical signs or other machinery, the risk of fire is great. In fact, electric sign companies blame bird nests for most of their sign fires.
Pest birds can be found in many different areas of a structure. Their droppings may be scattered here and there, or may be heavily accumulated in protected areas. Nests and heavy droppings indicate a more serious problem, and the birds are often very committed to the site—their home—and can be difficult to remove. Below are areas of buildings where it is not uncommon to find birds, droppings or nesting materials.
|12/12||Meet Scout, Schendel's Newest Bed Bug Detecting Canine|
|12/12||Keep Your Holiday Decorations and Home Pest Free|
|11/12||Does Your Hotel Have a Bed Bug Response Plan Ready?|
|11/12||Be Aware Of Pantry Pests While Baking This Holiday Season|
|10/12||Find Out What Boxelder Bugs In Topeka Are Up To|