If you work in the food service business, you know how important pest control is. It can be what makes or breaks your business. If customers feel like their food is contaminated by pests, it can do irreparable damage to your business. A-Tex Pest Management is here to talk about some common pests food service & handling facilities need to worry about and how to avoid infestations.
Common Bugs & Pests Found in Commercial Kitchens & Restaurants
There are several pests that are a concern in the food service business. Each of them can have adverse effects to any food service facility.
1. Crawling Pests – Beetles, cockroaches, and ants fall into this category. Baits and other insecticides are often a successful way to eliminate crawling pests.
2. Flying Pests – Fruit flies, drain flies, and even bees are a concern for any food service facility. Ensuring drains are working properly and treated to eliminate any reproducing takes place within them, as well as insecticides are used to treat these pests.
3. Rodents – Mice and rats are an unwelcome guest at any food service facility. Proper sanitation is key in avoiding an infestation.
Proper Garbage Management Contribute to Effective Pest Control
Almost all pests are attracted to trash and rotten food. Taking care of the trash in your facility in a sanitary way is going to help you keep pests out of your establishment. If there is any trace of waste left behind, you can almost guarantee that pests will find it.
Sealing Cracks & Holes for Pest Control
If there are any holes or openings on the exterior of the building, they need to be repaired. A mouse can fit through a hole as small as a dime, and a rat only needs an opening the size of a quarter to gain access into the building. Do a thorough check for any possible entry points.
Sanitation Method is a Part of Pest Management
When cleaning the kitchen in your food service facility, upmost care should be taken. The kitchen doesn’t only need to be cleaned, but it should be sanitized. Any traces of food left behind will attract pests of all kinds. Dirty floor drains should be cleaned and sanitized as well to deter the fly population. When you sanitize an area you are doing more than removing visible dirt and debris, you are actually removing bacteria and microorganisms from surfaces.
Pest Inspections & Maintenance Requirements
In order to keep your food service facility pest free, you will need an integrated pest management program to ensure you are staying on top of any potential problems. A-Tex Pest Management offers pest inspections and customized pest management programs that fit your specific pest issues. Frequent inspections and maintenance are required to keep your facility clean and suitable for your customers.
Pest Inspections, Control, Removal & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
Pests found in food service facilities contaminate food and spread many diseases which will put your customers at risk. Don’t hesitate to call today to formulate a pest management program that will best fit your business.