Owning a restaurant entails wearing many hats. It can be difficult to deal with everything from the electric company to busboys, from knowing the price of salmon to reviewing resumes for the open chef position. The need for continual pest control is often ignored. An infestation of one bug can destroy a firm. While there are numerous pests that can harm or destroy a restaurant, this one is arguably the most detrimental to the bottom line.
Why do restaurants frequently have roach infestations?
A roach infestation in a restaurant can occur for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, the majority of the issues are easily resolved. The following is a non-exhaustive list of factors that may attract cockroaches to your restaurant:
-Roach egg casings resemble small shells that are black, brown, or dark red in color.
-Cockroach droppings are small and resemble black pepper grains.
-Strong oily odors: This is frequently described as a musty, pungent odor that worsens as the infestation progresses.
Why is it critical for restaurants to act quickly?
Because roaches transport so many infections and diseases, they must be kept out. Cockroaches can also harm your restaurant’s reputation, causing long-term costs. A single egg case can contain 20-40 eggs that hatch in a month, so act immediately. The hatched eggs can reproduce in six weeks, causing an infestation.
The following are the most common areas in a kitchen where signs of cockroaches can be found:
-Bins for trash
-Drains on the floor
-Voids in the walls
-Hollow tubing on the legs of appliances, cracks, or crevices.
How do you keep cockroaches out of a restaurant?
-Obstruct entry points.
-To prevent roaches from entering the restaurant, patch holes in the walls and keep doors closed as much as possible.
-Make certain that employees inspect food shipments for roaches before leaving the shipment inside.
-Keep food away from walls and at least six inches off the floor to prevent roaches from crawling to it.
-Seal the equipment to the floor or elevate it at least six inches above the ground.
-Set and uphold sanitary standards; dispose of trash and keep dumpsters clean.
-Avoid leaving boxes on the floor. Bring the boxes in and unpack them; however, do not leave them there. Roaches, particularly German roaches, like to travel and lay eggs in cardboard boxes. This allows any live roaches to wander around the kitchen and lay more eggs, which will hatch and infest the kitchen. Take the boxes outside after the restaurant staff has finished unpacking them, break them down, and then place them in the appropriate dumpster.
Consult Your Local Pest Control Service
If cockroaches are an issue in your restaurant, then you have to call a pest control service. There is no getting around this, it needs to be done. If you let them get out of hand, things will go south very quickly for you and your business, so take the prevention route. At Vinx Pest Control, we will assist in the extermination of any and all roach infestations in your food establishment. Let us eliminate the cockroaches in your restaurant today!