A Food Auditors Top Tips to Help You Achieve a Food Hygiene Rating of Five

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Here at Area Pest Control, we would like every food outlet to achieve a 5-star hygiene rating, that’s why we have created a series dedicated to supporting every restaurant, takeaway, public house, and all businesses that require a food hygiene rating.

Here are 5 top tips from a Food Hygiene Auditor

  • Top Tip One: Highlighted Environmental Issues
    Make sure you fix previous issues highlighted by the environmental health officer.
    These will be on the report issued to you by the officer on their last visit and will be high on their list to check on the following visit
  • Top Tip Two: Staff Training
    Staff training is key when storing, preparing, cooking, reheating and serving food.
    There is a section within the Safer Food Better Business For Caterers folder on staff training,
    The officer will go through your folder during a site visit to check staff are properly trained for their role.
  • Top Tip Three: Effective Pest Control
    Pest Control features across many of the sections in the Safer Food Better Business For Caterers folder. A reputable pest control company will protect your reputation, provide you with professional advice and recommendations on preventive measures, where pests can cause cross-contamination and support you with compliance.
  • Top Tip Four: Cleaning
    Cleaning should be high on your list for food hygiene safety, prioritise a cleaning schedule with staff allocated to specific tasks. Maintain a high standard of cleanliness at all times. Manage food and recycling waste, this will reduce feeding and sheltering areas for rodents, both rats and mice.
  • Top Tip Five: Food Handling Practices
    This is the number one cause of cross-contamination, key points here are:
    Storage of raw food – Chopping Boards – Worksurfaces – Preparation Areas.
    Pests play a large part when it comes to cross-contamination, insects pose the biggest risks as they can often come and go unnoticed, Cockroaches and Flies being the main pests.


Contact Area Pest Control today for advice, service and a solution to your pest problem.

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How quickly will you respond to my problem and how soon can it be treated?

It is our priority to take emergency pest control calls as they come in. We endeavour to speak to you and reply to emails on the same day during our working hours.

Treatment response times can vary depending on the pest, this can often be the same day, whatever the pest problem we are here and ready to help. Call us now.

What does a visit to my premises involve?

Our pest control technician will first survey your premises in an attempt to ascertain pest entry points and the best location to start the treatment,

they will talk you through the process answering any questions you may have.

On completion of the visit, the technician will advise you on preventative measures and recommend proofing works to help prevent a recurrence where possible.

What pests do you treat?

We treat a wide variety of pests from rodents to insects to birds, the more common pests we incur daily are Rats, Mice, Pigeons, Bed bugs and Cockroaches.

Seasonal pests include Squirrels, Glis glis (Edible dormouse) Starlings, Wasps, Cluster Flies, Moths, Spiders, Carpet beetle, Ants and Fleas, this is not an exhaustive list so please call to discuss any pest concerns you have.

We also have a specialist pest control team for removing pests from under solar panels and prevent them from re-entering.

This includes removing Birds, Pigeons, Jackdaws and Squirrels that are nesting under solar panels.

How much are your services?

 The costs vary from pest to pest and location, to give some examples:

Wasp treatments from *£49.99

Rat and Mouse treatments from *£50.00

Ant treatment from *£60.00

For more information on our service and costs call now. 

*All prices are per visit and plus VAT

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