“One time, I went there and found a roach in my drink.”
“I don’t eat there. The flies are everywhere!”
The worst thing that can happen to a restaurant is for word to get out that someone found a bug in their food or saw a mouse scurry under a table. This kind of publicity is bad for business and can hurt a restaurant’s reputation quickly. What do you do when pests and rodents have taken over your commercial kitchen?
Check out these tips to keep pests from becoming regulars at your restaurant.
COMMON BUGS FOUND IN COMMERCIAL KITCHENS
In order to get rid of bugs and rodents in your restaurant, you need to know what’s crawling in the shadows. Depending on where you live, there are quite a few different pest and rodents that may visit or try to visit your kitchen on a regular basis. Here is a small list of the most common bugs found in commercial kitchens and restaurants.
Flies - Flies are one of the most annoying insects. While they don’t make any noises or cause itchy rashes or bites, flies love to be around when you are trying to eat and enjoy the outdoors. They get even more annoying when you have to share your food with them INSIDE of a restaurant. Flies can also pose a health risk to humans due to the fact that flies love to chow down on decaying organic waste. When they land on your skin or on your food, they can transfer diseases and other pathogens from their feet.
Roaches - Many restaurant owners and kitchen staff may not realize that they have a roach problem until it turns into an infestation. Many species of cockroaches like to stay hidden and most tend to come out at night. Like flies, roaches don’t necessarily bite or sting. However, they do pose a health threat to humans due to the fact that they carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces that can contaminate food and be transferred to humans.
Rodents - Rodents such as mice and rats can become a big problem quickly. In addition to carrying diseases, mice and rats can also cause a lot of damage to your restaurant and kitchen as they burrow or try to navigate through the space. They can also contaminate your food supply with urine and droppings, causing thousands of dollars in food replacement.
Water is the main item that draws in pests and rodents to your kitchen. Check around kitchen sink pipes for leaks. You also want to check dishwashers, ice machines, drains, mats, and ice makers. Although water is needed to clean your kitchen and prepare dishes, it is strongly suggested to make sure that you are keeping your kitchen as dry as possible. Don’t let things air dry or assume that they will dry on their own.
ELIMINATE PLACES TO HIDE AND LIVE
It can take a lot of food and other supplies to operate a restaurant. This often means there are a lot of boxes and not a lot of storage. To keep rodents and other pests from hiding, make sure you get rid of any unused boxed. It’s also a good idea to keep boxes and other supplies away from any drains, pipes, or areas where they could get wet.
KEEP YOUR KITCHEN SPOTLESS AND SANITARY
There are a few simple sanitation tasks that can make a big difference in whether or not bugs are a regular visitor. Start out by wiping down counters where you prepare foods and removing any waste. Don’t just wait until the end of a shift or the end of the night. Wipe surfaces down on a regular basis. When putting food away, make sure it is in a solid and strong container. Roaches and rodents can eat through cardboard. You can also deter bugs and rodents by dumping trash regularly and away from the building. It’s also a good idea to clean out trash bins with soap and water on a regular basis.
KEEP THINGS CLOSED
Most restaurants experience a lot of foot traffic on a daily basis. While it is not easy, it is important to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. If there is a back entrance or loading area, make sure employees know to keep the door closed at all times. Adding items such as screens to windows and a fan can also help keep out pests such as flies.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST TO HELP RID YOUR RESTAURANT OF RODENTS AND PESTS
Protect your reputation and your business by calling in the professionals today. At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc, you are getting more than your average pest control company. Our technicians are highly trained to provide effective solutions for both residential and commercial properties. In fact, we are the only company in the Mountain Home area and one of only a few in northwest Arkansas to be an NPMA QualityPro certified company.
Every restaurant and foodservice provider is different. Give us a call today to set up your FREE PEST EVALUATION. Let’s figure out your pest problems and come up with a solution that works for you and your business.
When you don’t have the right tools and services, pests can become an unfortunate factor in everyday life. It’s one thing to have to take care of these issues in a home setting. However, it can become a whole new ball game when it comes to your business.
In addition to the physical damage that termites and other bugs can cause, the infestation can put your company’s reputation on the line. What client is going to give you repeat business with rodents scurrying across the floor as if they own the place? From an infestation of silverfish and earwigs to the dreaded cockroach and rodent-sized critters, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. are your go-to commercial pest control in Arkansas. We are experts at thoroughly resolving these in-office issues.
Hopper Offers Commercial Pest Treatment Plans
The thing with pests is that once you see two or three; you can be almost certain that there’s an infestation lurking behind your walls. The licensed personnel at Hopper are the best in all of Central and Northwest Arkansas; we have the track record and list of clientele to prove it.
When you call Hopper, we will set up a customized Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program specifically for your business. To begin the program, we start with a thorough inspection of not only your building but also an examination of your staff’s cultural habits. This initial inspection takes into account structural considerations, as well as minimizing our imprint on the day-to-day activities of your business. Once a plan is designed, it is time to move on and get the IPM program started.
Throughout the program, you, the business owner, will be apprised of everything you need to do to keep the infestation away once we eradicate it thoroughly. This can include regularly scheduled maintenance – to avoid a major future recurrence. Our team will discover the points of access for pests, and identify problem areas that have a high probability of ushering in new critters. Even after the pest populations drop, we will continue to monitor, evaluate, and review the program as it progresses.
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With decades of experience in public facility pest management, we have intimate knowledge of the propensity of spots such as break rooms and harborage points that often serve as breeding grounds for pests. Our control methods eliminate these comfort zones for them, where the darkness and the dampness are otherwise capable of giving rise to untold numbers.
If you have a business in Central Arkansas or Northwest Arkansas, rest assured; Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. is the best at what we do. Pest Control is our specialty, and we depend on word-of-mouth to spread our services – so you can depend on the highest, most accommodating quality.
For more information regarding treatment, pricing, or to set up an appointment for service, call Hopper in Mountain Home or Springdale, Arkansas at 888-863-0206 or visit us online at CallHopper.com.