Cockroaches in Restaurants: Exclusion and Prevention
The Dirt on Cockroaches
For cockroaches, restaurants hold all the keys to survival: food, water and shelter. For restaurant owners and managers like you, a cockroach sighting can stop business dead in its tracks.
Thankfully there’s The Orkin Man®.
Where are cockroaches spotted in restaurants most often?
Cockroaches like moist, warm areas where food is nearby. While you might not realize it, your kitchen provides these same conditions behind refrigerators, in sinks, stoves and waste disposals, and under floor drains. So, cockroaches are naturally attracted to these areas. They can also be found in dining areas, especially when leftover food and beverages are not removed promptly.
Why are cockroaches a threat to restaurant diners and employees?
Cockroaches can threaten your reputation and bottom line, as well as the health of your customers and employees. These pests are a petri dish for more than 30 kinds of bacteria – including Salmonella and E. coli – and can cause food poisoning, diarrhea and pneumonia. Their saliva, droppings and dead bodies – in addition to the “gross factor” – can also aggravate allergies and trigger asthma attacks for elderly and highly sensitive people.
How do cockroaches find their way inside restaurants, and how can I prevent them?
Cockroaches can use many different entry points to enter your restaurant, including exterior cracks and crevices, air vents, sewer and drain pipes, crevices around doorways and windows, and even in incoming supply shipments. To help prevent cockroaches from finding their way into your establishment, consider the following:
- Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.
- Clean up food and beverage spills quickly.
- Fix ice and beverage machine leaks right away.
- Regularly flush drains with water and an organic cleaner.
- Clean kitchen appliances thoroughly and regularly to eliminate food sources.
- Tightly cover and line all trashcans, emptying them frequently.
- Use caulking and/or metal mesh to close cracks and crevices in the exterior walls and foundation.
- Ensure air vents are properly screened.
Get a Leg (Or Six) Up On Cockroaches
At Orkin, we work proactively to help you make your restaurant less appealing to cockroaches. After assessing and inspecting your property, we’ll put to work a variety of exclusion services – comprehensive and customized just for your business – to help prevent cockroaches. Such tactics might include:
- Door Sweeps: If you don’t have them on all exterior doors, this is an important first step to keep cockroaches out. They can significantly reduce access by blocking the light, heat and odors that attract cockroaches.
- Weather-resistant Sealants: Caulking and metal mesh can be used to seal any cracks or crevices that cockroaches may fit through.
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