Running a restaurant is a lot of fun. From choosing the menu to getting to watch everyone enjoy the food, there are a lot of reasons that being part of the management doesn’t seem like a chore. But, of course, like any other job, it does come with its share of dirty work – and in the food industry, pest control is always a concern. There are health codes that need to be passed, after all; luckily, though, it shouldn’t be an issue if you take thorough preventative measures and stay on top of cleanliness with these few tips.
Stopping the Problem Before it Starts:
Before opening the restaurant, and prior to opening each day, do an inspection of the location. Take note if there are any indicators that pests may be present, such as small holes in otherwise new packaging or animal droppings. Then, put glue traps near any possible entrances where pests could be getting in to find out if that is the problem area. Sanitize the area properly – the less mess/smell/food debris, the less of a chance pests will be interested. Finally, block off any areas that could be letting pests in like window sills, baseboards, and doors using caulk, new fittings, or whatever may be necessary.
Practicing Fly Control:
The best way to keep flies out of your facility is to make sure that they don’t want to come in in the first place. This means keeping any trash cans and dumpsters out back closed and secured, while also keeping all surfaces inside clean and free of food. Disinfect regularly. Put fly baits in trash collection areas in order to catch any flies before they make it inside. Most importantly, keep all drains – both sink and floor – cleaned with drain gel, as these are major fly breeding grounds, especially when organic matter has been sitting inside for days or weeks.
Practicing Rodent Control:
Be aware that even the smallest crack or hole in the wall is basically a free ticket for rodents to come inside, which is why the first tip is so important. Again, make sure baseboards, windows, and doors are sealed and caulked where applicable. Putting rodent bait and ratdeterrents near dumpsters outdoors will prevent them from making it inside, but you should be sure to always implement bait stations as well to prevent children from touching the materials. Also, keep the area around the restaurant neatly landscaped so they have nowhere to hide. Avoid vegetation and having any tree branches touch the roof of the building. If there is still an issue, place rat traps near possible entrances and anywhere there is food or garbage.