The loading dock is a major gateway for your company warehouse, where it’s a constant flow of products and materials. However, with out the proper precautions It also can be the gateway for infestation, contamination and other horrors! These uninvited intruders are always looking for ways into the warehouse and they hope you’re not being vigilant in your prevention.
– Starting with those innocent looking trailers backing into your dock door. It’s just like a Trojan horse, sneaking venom inside. Have your staff do a visual inspection of all trailers before unloading. Look for the usual signs of infestation like rodent droppings and bags chewed open as well as evidence of insects. If the trailer is a refer you should also check that the temperature inside is at the correct level for safe transport of that particular food product(s). Any bad odors should also be followed up with a closer look in the trailer. Then as you off load, check the pallets as well for any indications of contamination.
– Next, Check the dock doors and dock levelers. Can you see any daylight when they are closed? Believe it or not, a mouse can fit through that tiny crack. Have them sealed off with weather stripping or brushes to block any access. This also goes for any holes in the walls that would allow entry into the warehouse. Seal them good.
– Is the dock area kept clean? Any small amount of food remnants and trash will attack any hungry animal. You don’t want rodents having a midnight rave in your warehouse at your expense. Good idea to put that task on a sanitation schedule and make sure it gets done. Don’t let drivers sweep out their trailers at your dock.
– How’s the flora around your warehouse. Does it provide great camouflage for the vermin invaders? Have it cut back on a regular basis.
– Is there any construction going on near by? If there is you may want to keep an eye on your tin cats since the displaced critters will be looking for new digs and your warehouse looks nice and warm.
Tin cats are a great added level of defense and work like a charm. However you really should check them on a regular basis. You can also save some money if you have the pest control company come out only once a month to check the tin cats and bait traps and make sure there are no signs of infestation. You can fill in the other weeks with your own trained staff.
– If you’re in a hot area and need to keep doors open for ventilation, use screen doors to help keep out insects while letting the fresh air in. Propping open side doors or keeping open dock doors only defeats all your other efforts. You can also add a bug zapper in key areas to help void the flying insects.
Now that you have put your defenses in place, train the staff and remember to stay vigilant!