Pest Control In Restaurants – 5 Tips
Pest control in restaurants is vital and cannot be ignored. Any evidence of pest activity will decrease the sanitation of the restaurant and will force customers away. If you enter a restaurant and see cockroaches crawling up the walls, a rat or mouse running through the dining room don’t be surprised when your customers get up and leave, and most likely without paying!
The biggest advertising out there, and we all know it, is word of mouth and with social networking, at its peak, it won’t be long before your restaurant has a bad name.
It is not only your name however you should be worried about, loss of profits due to the replacement of food, building & electrical damage, stock damage that has been caused by pests that have been allowed to continue to live and breed in your restaurant.
If you own or manage a restaurant, there are steps you can take in conjunction with regular pest control treatments by a trusted company to assist in keeping your restaurant pest free.
1. Inspect For Entrance Points
Ensure that there are no openings, known as entrance points, on the exterior of the building. These entrance points could be anything from holes in windscreens, foundation issues, a small hole in the corner of the wall or even a door that does not seal correctly.
2. Inspect For Pest Invitations
Things like standing water, rubbish, discarded kitchen equipment, pallets, food waste can all be an invitation for cockroaches, ants, rodents & even termites. Ensure all discarded goods are done so correctly, by minimising external “junk” you are removing the pest invitation
This has to be one of the most important aspects of any pest control program, and by cleaning we don’t mean just surface cleaning. You need to have in place a regular full cleaning program which includes moving fridges, stoves, microwaves, freezers & cleaning behind, under and inside them! Never leave food scraps out, clean up any spills immediately& keep the floors clean of food!
You would be surprised by how much pest infestations could be reduced simply by proper cleaning!
4. Educate & Train Your Staff
All employees need to understand the importance of pest control in your restaurant, they need to be aware of what they can do to prevent pests becoming a problem. Have a pest sighting registrar & managers & owners should not ignore an employee when they have reported a problem. The longer you leave the pest control service the longer the pests have to continue to breed.
5. Pest Control Services
Don’t try DIY pest control treatments. Spraying a can of Mortein or Baygon around your shop when you close is not considered pest control. Use professional pest control technicians that are experienced in treating restaurants. Use a company that is going to work with you to not only solve any current pest infestations but to prevent future infestations.
If you own a restaurant and have any pest infestation issues or maybe you are just not happy with your current pest control provider, give us a call today on 1800 819 189.
We are so confident in our work that we say if we can’t solve your problem, then no one can. If your pest infestation is not under control after the 3rdvisit, then we will continue to treat your restaurant for free until it is!