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Six Signs of Rodents in Your Restaurant

Rodents: A Food Safety Hazard in Restaurants

Signs of Rodents in Restaurants

  • Damaged food packaging
  • Gnaw marks on restaurant furnishings & equipment
  • Droppings in pantries & other areas frequented by rodents
  • Grease markings on restaurant walls
  • Noises indicating rodent activity
  • The presence of indoor nests

Hotspots for Rat and Mouse Activity

  • Areas where food is kept in storage
  • Restaurant kitchens
  • Ovens & other kitchen equipment
  • Supply closets & storerooms
  • Delivery areas
  • Dumpsters & garbage cans in trash disposal areas

Risks Associated with an Infestation

  • Health threats to restaurant employees and diners
  • Failed inspections & possible legal repercussions
  • Reputation damage to the restaurant
  • Contaminated food
  • Damaged products & property
  • Economic loss

Exclusion Methods for Protecting Restaurants against Rodents

  • Seal cracks, holes & gaps
  • Close doors & other entry points
  • Keep waste disposal areas clean
  • Clean areas where food is stored
  • Regularly trim the grass & vegetation around the restaurant
  • Train restaurant employees to recognize signs of rodent infestation

Source: 6 Signs of Rodents in Your Restaurant

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