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How To Keep Diners In – And Pests Out – This Summer

By Hope Bowman

The days are longer, the weather is warmer and the waiting list for your restaurant’s outdoor patio is growing. Summer has arrived, and it’s not just the busiest season for the foodservice industry – it’s also the busiest season for pests.

From spiders that enter through cracked windows to mosquitoes that gather around air conditioning units, your restaurant is at an increased risk of pest threats this summer. And summer pests can lead to yearlong problems, damaging both your business reputation and your bottom line.

To mitigate these threats, restaurants should implement an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy. Effective IPM programs take a preventative approach to pest control, anticipating and eliminating threats through continuous assessment and monitoring. A critical component of any IPM strategy is stringent sanitation standards – particularly in the summer.

Take a tour around your restaurant and note the areas most susceptible to sanitation issues and pests. Then, learn the proper sanitation practices to implement in and around your building. From the kitchen to the dumpster, keep these locations on your watch list:

Your staff can stay ahead of the risks if they:

Don’t let pests ruin your busiest season. By implementing these simple sanitation techniques as part of a larger IPM strategy, you’ll be able to keep the summer pests out – and your diners coming in – all summer long.

Hope Bowman is a Technical Specialist and Board-Certified Entomologist with Western Pest Services, a New Jersey-based pest management company serving businesses and homeowners in major Northeastern markets.