Restaurant owners and managers may feel hesitant to hire a pest control professional even if they have seen a few bugs running around. They may be trying to save money, or fear what people will think, but regardless of the reasoning, maintaining a healthy and clean environment is essential for a restaurant to continue operating while maintaining its reputation.
Inspections are a regular part of restaurant ownership and they will look for any signs of pest intrusion in your restaurant. Trying to simply clean prior to these inspections is not going to be enough to hide evidence that pests have made their way in. Allowing a pest control professional to treat the property and maintain it is the best way to ensure that you don’t get poor results from an inspection.
Along with pesticides a pest control professional will help you eliminate entry points for these pests so that they don’t find their way into your restaurant in the first place. They can also identify areas that an inspector may find evidence of pests so that you can clean these thoroughly after any infestation has been removed.
There are three main pests that affect restaurants. Flies, cockroaches, and rodents. All of these carry diseases that can make people sick and can even be fatal.
Flies are one of the most common pests that restaurants deal with. Many people will continue to eat food even if they see a fly land on it not realizing how sick they can become. If this happens to one of your guests, they may attribute any symptoms to your food rather than the fly that was in your restaurant. Proactive treatment is the best way to keep flies out of your restaurant and prevent anyone from getting sick.
Cockroaches are one of the most resilient pests around. This means that they develop resistance to pesticides quickly and most over the counter pesticides are not effective for this reason. They are excellent hiders and huge infestations can go unnoticed for a long time. With over 70 different types of cockroaches, it’s best to have a pest control professional evaluate your restaurant, identify what pests are currently affecting it, and use the appropriate pesticides necessary to deal with any infestations.
Rodents are also a common problem for restaurants as the food, shelter, and water that they provide creates an appealing home. Rodents can carry neurological and respiratory diseases that can prove fatal to humans. They can find their way into your restaurant through a hole the size of a dime and quickly make themselves at home. If you find any signs of rodents inside your restaurant, you need to take immediate action to remove these harmful pests.
DIY Pest Control
DIY pest control is not as effective as professional service, yet many restaurant owners think that spraying store-bought chemicals around their restaurants is sufficient to eliminate any pest intrusion. However, this is rarely true. Pest control professionals use the best pesticides available and know what is effective for different pests and what pesticides are acceptable for use in a commercial kitchen. By allowing a professional to come through and treat with the necessary pesticides they can eliminate any current infestations and prevent future ones with continued service.
Any fear of customers thinking that you have an infestation is likely unwarranted. Most customers will appreciate that you have your restaurant treated regularly and will be grateful that they don’t see a cockroach running across the floor as they’re trying to enjoy their dinner. Investing in your restaurant is important and investing in keeping it clean, protecting its reputation, and keeping people coming back is easier when you hire a professional pest control professional to do the job right.