Restaurants offer, in large abundance, everything a pest could want: shelter, food, and water. Due to this fact, sanitation is critically important when it comes to a restaurant’s resistance against pests and the preservation of the business’ reputation.
“When it comes to restaurant pest control, the most important step is keeping everything clean. Making sure everything is sealed, so that nothing gets in, is another major aspect, as well,” explains Felicia Gogol, Western’s Branch Manager for Monmouth County and Princeton offices.
Basic Cleanliness Steps:
- Pests, such as flies, are attracted to fermenting alcohol so it is important to clean spills at the end of the night.
- Filth, including leftover food and moisture, can easily accumulate underneath a bar. Be sure to wash and clean this area diligently.
- Avoid leaving empty bottles or glasses lying around. Dispose of these before a fruit fly has the opportunity to lay eggs inside containers.
- Improperly cleaned drains are a major source of flies. Don’t just pour bleach down the drain – this does very little good – but, clean the drain with a biodegradable cleaner that will eat the grease and other slime inside the drain.
- Drain flies and cockroaches accumulate near accrued moisture in the kitchen. Be sure to dry things off after cleaning.
- Proper food storage is essential to pest prevention in restaurants. Pests will hunt for sustenance with a purpose, and if given the opportunity, will not hesitate to make your food their own.
- When cleaning floors, do not just sweep debris under equipment. Get down and remove all debris; don’t just re-locate it.
These simple steps will work to improve the aesthetic of a restaurant in addition to the building’s defense against pests.