Find out about legal requirements for control of pests in catering business premises.
Requirements for Control of Pests
Food businesses are required to take all reasonable precautions to prevent food pests, namely rats, mice, cockroaches and flying insects gaining entry into food storage and preparation areas. This is to prevent the contamination of foodstuffs.
Any gaps and holes to external doors, windows, pipes, drains etc. must be filled or covered with a solid, durable material in order to minimise pest entry points into food preparation and storage areas.
You should regularly check for any evidence of pests and call in a reputable pest control company if any signs are seen.
You can search for a company on the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) website using the link from this page, or for rats and mice the council's pest control officer can visit for a charge:
If flying pests are likely to be a problem, windows will need to be fitted with insect proof screens which can be easily removed for cleaning. Electric insect killers should be situated in an area away from main light sources and food preparation surfaces.
Insecticidal aerosol sprays should not be used in food preparation areas because of the risk of chemical contamination to food. Manufacturers and suppliers advice should always be sought prior to using insecticides yourself.
Cockroaches in Food Premises
To control cockroaches, you need a regular pest control treatment programme organised with a private company. You can search for companies on the BPCA website using the link from this page.
For more advice about cockroaches you can download an information sheet in PDF format below produced by the council's Environmental Health Officers: