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"Food Safety Begins With Pest Management ..... 
Food Safety Begins with the U-Trap-It Pest Management System"

Examples of companies not taking proper precautions to prevent pest issues are routinely found in the news an example is the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) event that killed 9 people and sickened thousands more. The company responsible for the contamination caused the largest recall in U.S. history. PCA's product caused the contamination of thousands of products made by other companies which resulted in the recall of all their products made with the adulterated and contaminated ingredient from PCA. PCA went into bankruptcy leaving the cost of the event to its customers. The result of this event beyond the deaths and illnesses it caused is the impact of the reputation of all companies involved and the impact of severely tainted reputation of the entire food industry. It may be the prime stimulus for the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Pest Management is the most basic of requirements for producing quality products but is often taken for granted. Events such as the one mentioned prove the importance of pest prevention and use of the U-Trap-It Pest Management System. The U-Trap-It System methodically engages the pest technician in a management process which results in the highest level of service being performed.

With over twenty years of use internationally, the easy-to-use U-Trap-It* Pest Management System provides a very efficient method to collect information and manage a Pest Management Plan with Intelligence. One of the most important benefits of using the U-Trap-It System is that it takes Integrated Pest Management to the next level. That level is Intelligence Pest Prevention (IPP) which is stopping pest invasions before they occur. To achieve that level a higher understanding of the pest environment is required. The U-Trap-It System provides that information.




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Proactive (Intelligent Pest Prevention) vs Reactive (Integrated Pest Management)  

The inspection information that the U-Trap-It System gathers and analyzes during normal servicing helps the user proactively approach pest management. This gives the user the advantage in providing the utmost protection for food processing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, distribution, lodging facilities, or any other pest-sensitive environment. Without this detailed information the user would be left to reacting to issues after they have already become a problem. Reactionary pest management greatly increases the risk of harm, damage, contamination, and disease. Reacting to pests also requires an increased use of pesticides and causes an increase in overall costs and man hours to correct.

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Prevention is also impacted by supply chain product integrity. Product integrity can be better assured by having the U-Trap-It System in place at supplier locations too. Their use of the U-Trap-It System clearly demonstrates that they take pest prevention seriously.

Facility Assessments

The first step in accomplishing IPP is to conduct a Pest Risk Assessment of your facility to evaluate the entire facility for issues that could affect pest management.  A thorough and easy-to-use method of conducting Facility Assessments is provided in our Assessment Pro*. It is also used to perform periodic assessment and tracks the progress of the facility's improvement.

Eases Compliance

Not only does the U-Trap-It System help the user achieve a higher level of service but by using the U-Trap-It System it also greatly simplifies record keeping and eases compliance with regulations and audits. What would take many hours to accomplish if attempted with antiquated punch card records, is done in seconds with the U-Trap-It System, and far more accurately. The System helps the user simplify compliance with FSMA, GFSI, BRC, FDA, AIB, SQF, ISO 22000 and other regulatory or QA requirements. It makes your facility audit ready 24/7.

Tracks Factors Affecting Pest Efforts

No other system even closely compares to what the U-Trap-It System accomplishes. The U-Trap-It System is far more than a mere monitoring system used to record the date of pest control device inspections. To start, it gives the user the ability to capture far greater detail than would be possible with written records.  An important example is that the System also captures environmental deficiencies while inspecting pest management service locations. These are issues that could be jeopardizing pest management efforts.  The System then tracks the status of these issues to assure that corrective actions are taken for them to be properly resolved. The System also now includes user customizable Alerts which will provide notice to the user if an adverse condition exceeds a threshold or a condition is met that requires action.

Communication - A Key to Pest Management Plan Success

In industrial pest management there are a multitude of complex issues which can contribute to pest problems. Many are beyond the control of the service provider such as sanitation and maintenance issues which require corrective actions to be taken by the facility's personnel. U-Trap-It builds a team approach between the service provider and facility personnel to conquer tough industrial pest management issues by providing a communication channel. Communication is the key ingredient in creating synergy to successfully establish a pest free environment.   

Worldwide Use in All Settings

With U-Trap-It, no job is too big or too small. The System can easily handle tens of thousands of devices deployed in a city or in a plant facility, or the System can track services and inspections of thousands of rooms in a hotel or dormitory. It is in use at companies large and small, from Fortune 100 food facilities to local restaurants.

Examples of companies not taking proper precautions to prevent pest issues are routinely found in the news with one of the most extreme to date being the PCA event which killed 9 people and sickened thousands more. The company responsible for the contamination caused the largest recall in U.S. history. Just one company caused the contamination of thousands of products made by other companies which resulted in the recall of their products.  The multi-state company that was negligent went bankrupt leaving the cost of the event to those who used the company's products but it also impacted the reputation of all companies involved and severely tainted the reputation of the entire food industry. Pest Management is the most basic requirement for quality products but is often taken for granted. Events such as these prove the importance of pest prevention and use of the U-Trap-It Pest Management System.

With over fifteen years of international use, the easy-to-use U-Trap-It* Pest Management System provides a very efficient method to collect information and manage a Pest Management Plan with Strategic Intelligence using Pest Environmental Data. One of the most important benefits of using the U-Trap-It System is that it takes Integrated Pest Management to the next level. That level is Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP) which is stopping pest invasions before they occur. To achieve that level a higher understanding of the pest environment is required. The U-Trap-It System provides that information.

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The U-Trap-It* System provides these core capabilities:

Inspect All types of pest management devices, areas, and buildings.
Verify The System verifies that all pest management devices, areas, and buildings are inspected before leaving the serviced area. Inoperable or missing devices can easily be replaced.
Record The System records the Pest Environmental Data from the inspection of each pest management device, area, or building in greater detail than by any other means and stores the information in a useable form for later use.
Track U-Trap-It tracks the Pest Environmental Data from the inspection of each pest management device, area, and building including the status of sanitation and maintenance issues along with the status of any corrective actions. It also manages and tracks the use and change over of non-toxic bait usage.
Analyze The System can analyze the collected information for any time period. Incoming data is automatically analyzed for items that exceed thresholds and the user is notified of these issues.
Report The System generates feedback in the form of an extensive variety of reports, graphs, floor plans, and site plans(industrial version)/street mapping(municipal version) to fit the user's needs.

The U-Trap-It System ensures Pest Management Plan success. It is an essential management tool for

"When and Where Pest Management Matters"

From the Field to the Marketplace