As summer is upon us, businesses are back to normal as per usual. With doors being propped and windows being opened, pesky roaches are able to find their way inside. It is time to make sure you are controlling cockroaches. The last thing any establishment wants their reputation to be linked to cockroaches.
Risks of Roaches
The pesky problems not only create issues as a safety hazard but also tarnishes the business’s reputation. While things like poor service, bad food, and ambiance can be easy to improve upon with the right approach, pest control complaints are an issue a restaurant might not be able to bounce back from.
- A bad review which talks about cockroaches at a restaurant or even a report in the news on cockroach infestations appearing at a restaurant can kill your business, which is why it’s crucial to take cockroaches seriously and swiftly take action. As a business owner, the last issue you want to deal with is rodents.
- Mice and other rodents can carry diseases, putting employees and customers at risk. There are food service health codes placed as well to protect people’s health and safety. To combat annoying pests, it is vital to take precautionary measures to ensure your business runs smoothly.
- Most cockroaches produce an oily secretion that has a repulsive odor. This odor may also be imparted to dishes that are apparently clean. Ink-like excrement also contributes to this nauseating odor.
- Some people experience allergic reactions to cockroaches. The allergic response is caused by either ingesting contaminated food; or inhaling dried, airborne fecal particles or crushed insect parts.
Where Roaches Tend to Hide
Keeping your eye out for areas where cockroaches usually hide in can prevent future incidences. Monitoring suspected areas let you see the rodent you are dealing with and how to approach it.
- Inspect trash bins, sinks, floor drains, kitchen equipment, wall voids, electrical outlets, electrical boxes, any hollow tubing on appliance legs, and any other crack, crevice, or void where a rodent can live in.
- Dark, sheltered places attract roaches to stay in during the day and to feed at night.
- Kitchen sinks or drainboards, under counter plumbing, hot water heaters, cracks around or underneath cupboards and cabinets or inside them.
Things to do for Controlling Cockroaches
Combating the problem of roaches in your business is better done sooner than later. From repairing the restaurant to trapping the roaches, there are measures you can take to get the pests out in no time.
The use of roach traps is invaluable in monitoring cockroach infestations. While traps can be useful to reduce light infestations, they do not effectively control heavy cockroach infestations. Traps are most effective when placed in locations where cracks and crevices, or voids may harbor roaches. Place traps under sinks, in cabinets, near stoves or refrigerators, or near floor drains or floor sinks.
Repairs are necessary when harborage sites are located at deteriorated walls or around pipes entering walls. Make it difficult for roaches to enter your facility by filling all openings around pipes passing through floors or walls with patching plaster putty, or plastic wood, particularly if cockroaches are coming in from adjoining buildings or from outside. Keep doors and window screens in good repair and make sure that there are no cracks between them and the frames. Poorly constructed shelving or tables provide crevices or voids for harborage. These items should be caulked, repaired, or replaced if. Treating for pests outside may also stop them from invading indoors.
Cleaning will aid considerably in cockroach control. Store food in tight containers and avoid spilling flour, cereals and other dry goods in cupboards or on pantry shelves. Do not leave remnants of food on counters, tables, floors, or sinks overnight. Any one of these areas could potentially lead to a pest infestation if left unchecked. Sweep up any crumbs or bits of food from the floors throughout the facility. Put all food waste and other waste materials in tightly covered garbage containers.
Chemical control may be needed in combination with good sanitary practices. A professional pest control operator is needed for chemical applications as only certain pesticides are approved for use in food facilities.
Looking for a professional to help with controlling cockroaches?
At Boo’s Bug Stoppers one of the many issues we handle is cockroaches. To prevent the roaches from controlling your business summer, give us a call!