3 Biggest Pest Threats for Restaurants
Why Pest Control is worth every penny in preventing these invaders
If you have ever experienced hearing from a friend that a restaurant has roaches or rats, then you know how instantaneously that one fact can stop you from patronizing that restaurant. Here at Platinum Pest Solutions, we know how common and detrimental these issues are, especially in the metropolitan areas that we service for pest control issues. We want to be sure that your restaurant never has to shut its doors due to the threat of a pest sighting or infestation.
Keep on reading to learn how Platinum Pest Solutions’ Platinum Restaurant Excellence Program, known as P.R.E.P., can come in to help you develop an appropriate Integrated Pest Management Program (I.P.M.P) that works for your business, and more importantly an I.P.M.P. that will keep your staff, guests, and budget healthy!
FLIES: Although small, flies are among the filthiest of all pests and carry diseases such as salmonella, cholera, and typhoid. Their typical feeding habits consist of garbage, feces, carcasses, and food waste, so flies spend most of their time in extremely unsanitary areas. When they make a quick stop on a plate of food of utensils, they deposit thousands of bacteria from their recent meal in just seconds. This transmission of bacteria can result in food poisoning, diarrhea, and bloodstream infections.
Surprisingly, 61% of patrons in a recent survey releases reported that they would continue to eat a meal after a fly lands on it. Even though diners may not be aware of the threat flies pose, they are likely to associate the food they ate at your restaurant with any potential illness they may have following their meal. Flies breed incredibly rapid, so it’s important to be proactive in treatment and always maintain a thorough pest management program. Interested in learning more about some of the awesome fly control products we use and more about preventative fly control?
COCKROACHES: Cockroaches are one of the most highly adaptive and resilient pests, having been around for thousands of years. Unfortunately, their adaptability means they are resistant to some pest control treatments, particularly the over-the-counter kind. With over 70 types of cockroaches in the United States, it’s likely you will find them in a restaurant at some point. Restaurants provide everything that roaches need to thrive with an abundant supply of food, water, and shelter.
In addition to being highly adaptive, cockroaches are also excellent at hiding in dark cracks and crevices. When you spot one crawling across the floor during the day, it can be a sign that there may be many more hiding behind the scenes. If cockroaches reach the dining room area, they can contaminate the food and spread diseases to patrons, such as E. coli and Salmonella. Keeping these pests out in the first place is the best way to ensure diners don’t see them.
For everyone pest sighting in a restaurant, 8-12 people will be told about it by the person who spotted the pest, and with today’s social media following, a sighting can bring bad rating and reviews. It doesn’t take many poor reviews or a negative word of mouth to tarnish a restaurant’s reputation, and thus, their ability to flourish financially. This is why preventative cockroach treatment is so important.
RODENTS: The presence of rats and mice in a restaurant can be a sign of unsanitary conditions and can lead to a number of issues including food contamination, poor food safety audit scores, and serious reputation damage. Rodents are known carriers of many diseases that can be directly transmitted to humans like deadly neurological and respiratory diseases like lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Ticks, mites, and fleas can feed on infected rodents and transmit diseases like pox, plague, and typhus indirectly to humans—putting not only the employees in the restaurant at risk, but also customers. Since rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter and mice a hole the size of a dime, it is not difficult for them to make themselves at home in a Restaurant. Once inside, they have no reason to leave as restaurants have an abundance of food, water, and warm shelter available. Rodents also reproduce rapidly, so what seems like a small problem can quickly become a full-blown infestation.