Food Safety & Pest Control


Can you trust those who sell us our food?

It is now so easy for you to get on social media and crucify restaurants and cafes for not meeting your expectations. Whether it is their service, their product or the cleanliness of the establishment, the food supplier should endeavour to provide their absolute best, before needing Gordon Ramsey.

Now how many times have you walked into a shop and noticed flies buzzing around the food?

Or Ants marching across the footpath outside a shop?

Maybe you’ve not even been able to read the name of the shop past the cobwebs on the signage.

Have you seen those YouTube videos of rats or mice in stores, feeding away like they own the place? Or Cockroaches covering the food preparation areas of the kitchens.


So interesting to note – retail food suppliers are governed by their local council’s own inspector(s).

Unfortunately for a lot of local councils the budget handed down to pay for these inspectors and support staff is minimal. Therefore the food supplier is left to decide how important and what level of pest control they think is warranted, within their establishment, often leaving a store completely unprotected until the problem is to big.

Food establishments should be using guidelines set by the State government for food health standards. Noting things like:

  • Maximum times for food storage;
  • Temperatures of fridges, bain mares, pie warmers etc.
  • Wash hand basins and toilet facilities for staff cleanliness.
  • Cleaning of food preparation surfaces, utensils, floors, drains etc.
  • Is the premises free from pests?

Basically the food safety code recommends,

  • “pests should be prevented in food establishments”.  Not very informative.

Sovereign Pest Control provides professional services to the pro-active food retailers in the Ballarat region. These pro-active retailers understand that baits and chemicals are just like their food, and have a certain life expectancy of freshness, making it important to have a regular pest control program in place to stop infestation from happing. So when you see a Sovereign pest control vehicle or technician in your favorite shop, please don’t panic, instead remember that this is what makes the store one of your favorite’s, because you can feel assured that pests are being prevented and your food is safe.

Prevention is the best practice of pest control for all food outlets. Reacting to pests that are already in the shop is far from ideal and often too late.

Surprisingly many retailers of the food industry don’t know a great deal about pest control, and what control really means. You see some retailers struggle with the difference between prevention and reaction, and by struggling with this leaving the Control of pest’s until the last minute, but as we know all too well for every pest you do see many more are present and remaining in hiding.

Part of the food safety guidelines covers pest control, but a very small mention in the overall scope, which is worrying to us at Sovereign Pest Control.

Feel free to share this with your friends, colleagues, employers and employees. The more establishments we look after the safer our food will be.

There are a number of Food Safety Services within Australia who provide guidelines to food establishments based on ‘Food Standards Australia and New Zealand’. This code is a key tool on food safety for all Food Outlets. We have listed some links below for further reading.

Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety and General Requirements. (Division 6 Section 24 relates to Pest control)

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand link – Appendix 7 Pest Management

Spiders of Ballarat and Victoria

Common Spiders of Victoria

There are many types of spiders in Australia, all of which thrive in different conditions. Spider types that are commonly found inside your homes have adapted to the conditions indoors so they can live in a less humid atmosphere and with less food consistently available to them, some can even survive for months on end without food or water! Spiders that live outdoors prefer a warm and damp surrounding, in which their preferred source of food is insects. Below is just a few of the spiders you would expect to see in and around your home.

Red-Back Spider:

Female up to 14mm, Male up to 3mm.

This spider has a pea-shaped abdomen with a characteristic red to orange stripe. Red-Backs build webs in and around your home throughout rubbish, around pot plants, outdoor furniture and logs.


White Tail Spider:

Female up to 20mm, Male up to 12mm.

A dull, dark grey with a characteristic white spot on the end of the abdomen. Usually encountered inside houses sheltering from the weather or introduced on clothing brought in from the clothes line. Bites are very common due to the habits of this spider.


Black House Spider:

Female up to 18mm. Male up to 9mm.

A dark brown to grey/black robust spider with some body markings. They build webs in the cavities of your home or in dark corners of windows, verandas, sheds or fences.


Huntsman Spider:

Female up to 2 cm body, Male up to 1.6 cm Body Leg span: up to 15 cm

The Huntsman is mostly grey to brown with large long legs. They are often found around homes and gardens in search of prey.


Wolf Spider:

Females up to 35mm. Males up to 20mm.

Wolf spiders have a mottled grey and brown body, and harbour under leaf litter in the garden or burrows in the ground around your home.


Melbourne Trapdoor Spider:

Female up to 35mm Male up to 25mm.

Due to its size, colour and large fangs, these spiders are often thought to be Sydney funnel-web spiders. The Melbourne trap-door spider is a common ground-dwelling spider often encountered by the weekend gardener when digging soil or moving rocks. Both males and females dig silk-lined burrows up to 40 cm deep in soft earth. Despite the reference in the common name, the entrance of the spider’s burrow does not have a ‘trap-door’. The spiders feed at night, waiting at the entrance of the burrow to ambush passing insects. Males leave the burrow when mature and roam in search of a mate. This roaming usually occurs in autumn or early winter and may take the spider into odd places such as inside houses, swimming pools, etc.


Orb-weaving Spider:

Female up to 30mm. Male up to 20mm.

A reddish brown to grey spider with a leaf shaped pattern on their abdomen. They build suspended, sticky, wheeled shaped orb webs between trees and shrubs where insects are likely to fly.


Ways to help prevent spiders

It is good practise not to leave clothes on the floor, if you do pick up your clothes of the ground make sure you shake them thoroughly before putting them on. Other ways to avoid unpleasant surprises are to check your bedding before going to bed, vacuum regularly, remove noticeable webs, fill in gaps in walls and under doors to prevent entry and reduce harborage areas around the home by relocating firewood away from the home.

Call us today on 0490 081 132 to speak with one of our team members who can answer any questions you may have and arrange the treatment suited to your situation.

Why use Sovereign Pest Control

  • Quick same day/ Next day service
  • We Provide Safe, Family Friendly Spider Control.
  • Knowledgeable & Licensed Technicians.

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