Pest control in any place of business is a responsibility that should not be overlooked. Pests can spread bacteria and diseases as they move throughout restaurants. Even a “minor” pest problem can be a major problem around food.

Safe Pest Control in Restaurants

The common pests that pose the greatest risk to restaurants are flies, rodents, and cockroaches. These pests all are drawn to commercial kitchens and dining areas because there’s so much food moving through these spaces.

When a technician inspects a restaurant to look for pest problems they will discuss the treatment options and answer any questions concerning food safety. The pest problems that tend to occur in food establishments can be treated safely, and are best controlled with a pest control service plan. Regular treatment and routine inspections are vital to spot any potential issues before they become a major infestation.

Preventing an Infestation in a Restaurant

The best way to control a pest infestation is to prevent it from happening. There are two main ways to prevent and control the presence of insects, rodents, and other pests:

  • Eliminating entry points: Taking this proactive step to deter pests will help keep them out of your establishment. This includes patching holes in walls and keeping doors closed as often as possible. In addition, inspecting food shipments for signs of pests and rodents can help keep pests out of your establishment.

  • Eliminate sources of food, water, and shelter: Pests are always on the hunt for food, water, and shelter. Eliminating those necessities will deter them from entering and infesting your restaurant. Some precautionary measures include storing food away from walls and at least six inches off the floor, keeping a sanitary work environment by cleaning and sanitizing preparation areas immediately after use, disposing of trash, and keeping containers secured.

Even with stringent cleaning it’s impossible to keep food service areas spotless. Fortunately there are safe products and services which can eliminate infestations.

After an inspection, the treatment options and ongoing service for prevention may include:

Pesticide Use

Fortunately many pesticides are safe to use even in restaurants. These products are very effective and with professional application they pose no risk for food contamination. A professional pest control company will know precisely what areas to target with the products and will have the proper tools to apply it safely

Bait and Traps

Traps baited with food are used to draw the pests away from the main dining and cooking areas. After the pests are trapped they will be removed from the restaurant. Sometimes live traps are used and the technician can check them and respond if restaurant personnel notice a pest has been caught before the next scheduled visit.

Even with prevention practices, a scheduled pest program and strict sanitary precautionary measures pests can show up looking for food. The key is to catch them before they multiply and cause infestations. Hiring a professional pest control company is important for any business, but especially for commercial kitchens. Customers will likely avoid frequenting restaurants where pests are seen

At Spence's Pest Control we know all establishments are unique and our treatment plans are customized to provide the most efficient plan for each client. Our commercial clients have come to count on reliable and effective services that protect their business and customers from pest problems. Contact us today at (804) 741-4100.