"Let the fresh air in and keep the pests out!"
Keep Mosquitoes Out
Unless you live in Antarctica or Greenland, mosquitoes are a problem. The scientific name for the mosquito is Culicidae, which seems far too fancy for these annoying blood suckers; in Spanish, "mosquito" more or less translates to "little fly," which is at least more accurate. No matter what you want to call them, mosquitoes are a menace. They don't just pester humans and suck our blood—mosquitoes can also harm farm animals and transmit diseases amongst various species, including humans. Diseases transmitted via mosquito bite are, unfortunately, becoming more and more common.
Mosquitoes & the Zika Virus
You may have heard about the Zika virus in the news lately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests numerous preventative measures that can be taken to avoid contracting the Zika virus. The information the CDC provides includes:
- Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites
- Mosquitoes carriying the Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime
- Mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus may also carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses
- Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
Did you know that mosquitoes can also carry and transmit malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and the West Nile virus?
Defense Against Mosquitoes
While it is only the female of the species that bites, there are now over 176 different species of mosquito recognized in the United States, so there are still plenty to go around, even with only half the population to worry about. Doing away with mosquitoes completely using pesticides is, unfortunately, not an environmentally friendly solution, as they are a major food source for birds, bats, fish, frogs, and other animals. Mosquitoes are an essential part of the ecosystem.
Since we can't wipe them out, we'll have to settle for keeping them out. Bug Blocker doors can help prevent mosquitoes from entering your facility, and are a natural, "green" method of pest control.
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA)
The 2016 FMSA makes numerous mentions of pest control requirements, including the following (italic emphases are ours):
- Title 21, Chapter I, Subchapter B, Part 111, Subpart C, § 111.20: (h) Use adequate screening or other protection against pests, where necessary.
- Title 21, Chapter I, Subchapter E, Part 507, Subpart B, § 507.17: Checking on a regular basis for pests, pest infestation, and product conditions related to safety.
- (3) Provide adequate ventilation (mechanical or natural) where necessary.
- Title 21, Chapter I, Subchapter B, Part 111, Subpart C, § 111.15: (d) Pest control (1) You must not allow animals or pests in any area of your physical plant. (2) You must take effective measures to exclude pests from the physical plant and to protect against contamination of foods, components, dietary supplements, and contact surfaces on the premises by pests.
Bug Blocker doors can be an easy-to-implement part of your current good manufacturing practices, hazard analyses, and risk-based preventative controls for human and animal food facilities. The average mosquito is between 3mm (.1181") and 6mm (.23622") which is larger in size than our screen openings. We can help you to keep mosquitos out of your facilities. We offer two stainless steel mesh sizes that can provide ventilation and effective pest prevention against mosquitoes and other bothersome insects.
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Request more information, or contact Rasco Industries today. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about our award-winning stainless steel mesh Bug Blocker doors.