How Do I Keep Pests Out Of My Restaurant?
The special of the day should not include pest issues. As a restaurant owner, you should not have to worry about that, nor should your customers. Pests can cause many problems in a restaurant. Let’s learn about why and what you can do to keep them out.
Pests carry diseases, bacteria and are simply a nuisance. Cockroaches can also trigger allergens in some people. They multiply quickly and get in through small cracks and crevices in walls. They like darkness, moisture, and food, so restaurants are a place they love to infest. Rodents come in through open doorways, small cracks, and holes. They can be an unpleasant sighting, to say the least to customers. Pests can cause a loss of business and give the restaurant a bad reputation. One bad review on social media can spread quite quickly.
Pests can chew through wood, drywall, and electrical wiring, causing many expensive repairs and, in severe cases, forcing restaurants close due to a pest infestation. Once the problem is taken care of, and the restaurant reopens, it can be challenging to gain customer loyalty again. The forcing restaurant to close for good. It does not have to get to this point. So what can you do to keep pests out of your restaurant?
1) Proper Disposal Of Trash And Garbage
Restaurants produce an abundance of extra scraps and garbage every day. It is essential to dispose of it properly. Remove food scraps quickly. Do not let them sit and rot. Emptying trash cans multiple times a day will help with this. Make sure that all lids are secured tightly to keep pests and rodents from getting in. Place outside trash cans and dumpsters away from the building, so you are not giving them an invitation inside through any cracks or crevices in the building structure.
2) Keep A Clean Kitchen
In a restaurant, you cannot help but have food and water present in the kitchen and dining areas. However, it is crucial to make sure all food and water are entirely secured when not being used for prepping and serving food. Be incredibly diligent with your cleaning practices in the kitchen and dining areas. Make sure that not only are the big surfaces cleaned regularly but also look for those things that may be left behind like breadcrumbs or scraps in small crevices, under tables, or near baseboards. Make sure to clean up all spills immediately, and surfaces are dry by the close of the business day. You do not want to create a situation for moisture to build up as this will attract those special unwanted guests.
3) Stay Organized
Rodents like to find a home near food, water, and shelter. Don’t give them that chance to breed and multiply. Boxes should be opened, emptied, and disposed of promptly to prevent unnecessary clutter. Organize and maintain storage areas and closets neatly. Dispose of the garbage immediately.
4) Curb Appeal
You want your restaurant to be inviting to your customers, not pests or rodents. Ensure that your landscaping is welcoming and well maintained. The cut your lawn regularly, often removing weeds and twigs. The area surrounding the building should be clean and groomed as well.
5) Schedule Service For Repairs
It is necessary to take care of repairs as soon as possible. Rodents and pests can slip in and out of the smallest holes and cracks. Make sure to seal all cracks and crevices on the interior and exterior of the building to prevent their entry. Pay special attention to doorways, pipes, drains, and near windows, which may allow for easy access. Fix any leak repairs immediately to prevent moisture build-up.
6) Call The Professionals
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