Starting a new restaurant takes a lot of time, effort, and money. If you've researched your location well, staffed your restaurant with people who provide exceptional customer service and have a menu that keeps your customers coming back again and again, you'll start to turn a profit after a year or two of hard work. But what happens if a customer spots a cockroach walking across the table or floor? All of your hard work can disappear quickly if that customer causes a scene or reviews your restaurant negatively on social media, and before you know it, your reputation could be ruined.
Restaurant Cockroach Prevention
There are three basic steps to preventing a cockroach infestation in your restaurant:
Step One: Maintain Proper Sanitation
Avoiding cockroaches and other pests in your restaurant starts with sanitation. Create schedules for the crew for daily cleaning of trash bins, floors, sinks, and kitchen equipment. A very thorough cleaning should be completed when the restaurant closes each night.
Step Two: Inspection
Inspecting your restaurant regularly will give you an idea where pests could be harboring and help you decide if you need to use insecticide applications and where to use them. Look closely at any area that could be a hiding spot for pests. Rodents, cockroaches, and flies will generally leave behind evidence that they've been in a certain area – such as feces, egg cases, or skins. Inspect trash bins, floor drains, sinks, and all kitchen equipment and tubing on appliances where rodents or insects could hide. If you suspect an infestation of cockroaches or any other pest, place glue boards near the suspected area so you can see what type of pest you have and select the appropriate treatment.
Step Three: Exclusion
Check that your restaurant has tight weather seals around every window and door. Use caulk to close any openings. Treating the perimeter of the exterior of your restaurant can also help prevent pests from coming indoors. Commercial pest control solutions and a preventative program from American Pest can save your restaurant from the embarrassment of a cockroach (or other pest) infestation.
Commercial Pest Control Solutions
While you can take the above steps on your own to reduce your risks for cockroach and other pest infestations, your restaurant will greatly benefit from relying on professional commercial pest control from American Pest. You've put your blood, sweat, and tears into starting and running your restaurant – don't put it all at risk over a potential cockroach sighting! Our certified pest control professionals will survey and target treatments to the unique needs of your restaurant and will take corrective action as needed. While we recommend a preventative program for the best results, we also offer emergency pest control solutions and a 24/7 staffed customer care center to meet the needs of our commercial customers. Give us a call today to see how we can help you keep your restaurant up and running smoothly without the threat of pests.