Tips for keeping pests out of your restaurant

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We are seeing many complaints online of cockroach sightings and other pests from customers who patronize restaurants or take out, so we put together some guidelines.

A pest control problem can cause serious problems for any commercial restaurant. Even a single pest can contaminate your food storage and will be a deterrent for customers to return and dine or take out at your establishment. During the winter months, you can protect your restaurant from a cockroach or ant infestation by scheduling commercial pest control services.  Scorpion King Exterminating can provide you with eco-friendly pest control that is safe for a restaurant environment. If you are concerned about pest or rodent infestations during the upcoming winter season, here is a look at some tips for keeping pests or rodents away from your restaurant.

Create a Thorough Cleaning Plan

In order to keep pests or rodents away from your commercial kitchen, you will want to make sure that you do not attract them in the first place. Food scraps and other tempting items can entice pests or rodents indoors when they are not cleaned up properly. To help prevent a pest infestation, you will want to instruct every member of your staff on your pest-proof cleaning plan.

Use Proper Techniques For Food Storage

Pests can easily invade your food storage areas and ruin your bulk items if preventive measures are not taken. To make sure that your food storage does not become overrun by ants, cockroaches, or other unwelcome pests, you will want to make sure that you store all of your food items in tightly sealed containers. Keeping your food covered and sealed will go a long way toward discouraging insects.

Encourage Your Staff to Advise You if Pest or Rodent Sightings

If your restaurant does develop a pest or rodent problem, it is important to make sure that you take care of the issue right away. When you are training your staff, you can encourage your employees to come speak with you in the event that they notice a pest or rodent in your dining room or kitchen spaces. Catching your pest problems early will help you eliminate the problem quickly and discretely.

Drain Cleanliness

Keep your drains clean! Establish a dialogue with your staff not to pour grease and oils into the drains. Have a weekly plan to not only clean your kitchen sink on the surface but be sure to clean the drain interior as well. Food can attach to the drain and cause the perfect oasis for pests and all sorts of larvae to attach and cause problems. Scorpion King Exterminating offers drain treatments. We recommend you have a drain protocol in place.

Outside Garbage Recipticals

Be sure a daily sweep or wash down of any kind of garbage spilling liquids or debris is in place. Pests and rodents come in from the outside. Don’t give them a reason to be close to your restaurant if you can help it.