Pest Control

  • Norman G. Marriott
  • M. Wes Schilling
  • Robert B. Gravani
Part of the Food Science Text Series book series (FSTS)


Pests of major significance to the food industry include the German cockroach, American cockroach, Oriental cockroach, housefly, fruit fly, Norway rat, house mouse, pigeon, sparrow, and starling. Control of pests can be most effective through prevention of entry into food establishments and the elimination of shelter areas and food sources for subsistence and reproduction. If pests become established, pesticides, traps, and other control techniques are essential. These eradication devices should be considered a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, effective sanitation practices. Because pesticides are toxic, these compounds should be selected and handled carefully. Precautions during use, storage, and disposal are essential. Although a trained employee can handle pesticides, a professional exterminator should be employed for complex and hazardous applications.


Integrated pest management Dirty 22 Pesticides Sanitation Cockroach Housefly Norway rat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman G. Marriott
    • 1
  • M. Wes Schilling
    • 2
  • Robert B. Gravani
    • 3
  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Food ScienceMississippi State UniversityMississippiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Food ScienceCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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