PEST CONTROL FOR RESTAURANTS
You are trying to catch a 5 PM deadline in the office, but you look at your watch and it says 11:45 AM. It is almost lunch break.
“So that is why I am feeling very hungry,’” you said to yourself.
You have been working hard all morning, so you thought maybe you should give yourself a break this lunchtime and go to your favorite restaurant which is just a few hundred steps away. You like their spiced butternut squash soup, and your mouth begins to water at the thought of it.
“I will have that, then a nice juicy steak!”
So off you went.
You were a bit early, so you got a table once you got there. You ordered the soup and steak. A few minutes later, the waiter comes back with your soup.
As you were ready to dig in, you spotted something black, an unusual ingredient that you have never seen before on your favorite soup. Upon close inspection, you were horrified at what you discovered.
A dead fly!
You asked for the manager, but nothing that he could say would be able to appease you. They have lost you as a customer.
Pests are a restaurant owner’s worst nightmare. The presence of pests is unacceptable, and once a restaurant has been found out to have pests, the possibility of them getting close is not a far fetched idea. If a pest is present within the restaurant’s premises, then there is a sanitation problem, and all its customers would be risking their health just by eating there.
That is why here in Greensboro, the local government puts in a lot of effort to make sure business establishments adhere to its policy of giving its residents quality establishments that not only exist to earn profit but also to look after the welfare of the people of Greensboro. This includes restaurants that are free of pests. In this city, if the pest infestation is the problem, then there are best companies to help me get rid of mice that are ready to spring into action if needed.
If you are a restaurant owner who is having pest infestation problems and is looking for some help, you would naturally want only the best people to come to you.
Let Go-Forth Pest Control, the best pest control company in Greensboro, help you out.
Why restaurants are a pest magnet
Pests are insects or animals that negatively affect human activities and properties. While it is a common misconception that all insects are pests, this is farther than the truth. The majority of insects are in fact beneficial to the ecosystem. We would not be able to survive without their help.
Insects only become pests whenever they approach human dwellings. The same can be said with animals. Where there are humans, pests would soon follow.
Restaurants are a favorite place of shelter for pests. After all, there is plenty of food to go around with. And unlike humans who are paying customers, pests do not pay for what they eat. Well, that is why they are called pests because they steal food.
Restaurants have an environment that is highly favorable to perhaps all kinds of pests. Cockroaches will thrive in restaurants because of the many food wastes that are collected every day. These food wastes, if not disposed of, would surely be feasted on by cockroaches. They also eat what is on the kitchen tables as the cooks work in the kitchen. Rats and mice are the same.
No matter what kind of environment the pests like, restaurants have them. This is why it is important for restaurants to step up their game on defense, or else risk being shut down by the authorities.
What are the common restaurant pests?
Unless there are employees who are staying in the restaurants, you can be sure that bed bugs are not one of these pests. The reason for that is that it would be very difficult for them to feed on a host’s blood with all of the activities going on inside the restaurant.
Like we mentioned earlier, cockroaches, rats, and mice would all love to get inside a restaurant because of all the food that would be available to them. Fresh vegetables and meats are there, but they also have rotting meats and vegetables too. Cockroaches thrive on filth and are not choosy when it comes to food. They can eat whatever is available. Rats and mice also eat garbage and thrive in dirty places too. Due to their filthy habits, these pests are disease vectors.
Roaches transmit deadly diseases like salmonellosis, cholera, diarrhea, and can cause food poisoning. They are able to transmit these diseases through their droppings, urine, vomit, and saliva. They also carry with them bacteria and viruses on their legs, so eating food that has been crawled on by cockroaches can also make us sick.
The good sanitary practice is the key to making them disappear, like throwing away garbage regularly, keeping the trash cans and garbage bins sealed, washing the dishes, and regular sweeping and mopping of floors. Also, cracks and crevices should be sealed by caulking.
Rats and mice can transmit leptospirosis, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, and many others. They are able to transmit diseases through ingesting food that was contaminated with their feces, urine, and saliva. Food served in a restaurant that was contaminated by rats or mice would be life-threatening indeed.
Good housekeeping, sealing off cracks, crevices, and holes no matter how small, and putting food tucked away safely from rats and mice should keep them out. Mousetraps can also help diminish their population.
Restaurants are not immune to pantry moths. Since restaurants store a lot of dry food like rice, sugar, flour, cereals, pasta, and grains, pantry moths can be a big problem economically. Food that was destroyed by pantry moths should be thrown away.
So how do pantry moths get inside these restaurants?
Usually, they get in through the dry stored foods that were purchased from the grocery or delivered to them by suppliers. One way a restaurant owner or crew can do to protect their territory from moths is to check for the presence of these moths inside the packages. Food should also be placed in sealed containers and not inboxes. Cleaning cabinets and cupboards with soap and water will help too.
Another pest that can make restaurant owners go nuts is the weevil. Weevils are small insects that feed on dry stored food like rice, grains, pasta, sugar, cereals, and flour, just like pantry moths. Once these weevils attack dried stored food, it could be as good as gone. Restaurants cannot serve weevil infested food. Weevils are able to infest restaurants through the food packages that were either bought from the store or delivered to them by suppliers.
To prevent an infestation in restaurants and even in homes, check for the presence of weevils inside the packages. If you spot weevils, reject and inform the store’s management about the weevils. If in case you discovered them only after you get home, return the food package to the store and ask for a replacement or a refund. Make sure that the package would be thrown away so as not to be taken again by another shopper, thus preventing the spread of weevils.
Restaurants have plenty of standing water. They have many old items hanging around that can hold standing water for a long time. Because of this, they also attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are one of the most important creatures on the planet, having killed more people than all the wars in history combined. Due to this reputation, they are considered the most dangerous creatures on the planet, even though they look so tiny and very fragile. They transmit several deadly diseases, like dengue fever, malaria, West Nile fever, and encephalitis.
To prevent their spread, all old items that can hold standing water should be thrown away if not needed anymore. These items include old cans, old gutters, old tires, abandoned birdbaths, and other similar items. At first signs of the presence of mosquitoes, employees should use mosquito repellent, particularly one with the active ingredient DEET for added protection.
These pest control methods will certainly help beat these pests in restaurants. However, if the pest infestation becomes heavy, business owners can always count on the best pest control experts in Greensboro, Go-Forth Pest Control.
Why Go-Forth Pest Control?
Go-Forth Pest Control is a family-owned company that excels in the control of all kinds of pests. We have a team of expert professionals who can handle pests like mosquitoes, roaches, rats, mice, poisonous spiders, bed bugs, moths, flies, weevils, and many other pests. They use the latest and most advanced equipment in the business.
We have been in this business for more than 60 years, earning the trust of locals and businesses in North Carolina along the way.
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