Keeping Your Restaurant Pest Free
The legislation concerning pest control in restaurants demands that you take necessary measures to maintain a safe and hygienic environment. However, doing this successfully is a multi-faceted process which requires significant and ongoing care and attention.
In this blog, we will outline certain steps that you will need to take in order to ensure that you comply with governmental standards. To speak to us today about how we can help to ensure pests are kept under control, give us a call now on 0141 471 9255.
Three Methods of Controlling Pests in Restaurants and Kitchens
Although guaranteeing a hygienic environment requires comprehensive vigilance and a dedicated programme, three of the major things you will have to consider are:
- Keeping a clean environment.
- Staying on the lookout for pest species.
- Hiring a trustworthy pest control company.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Pest species require two things; food and shelter. Although all human habitations provide shelter and this is somewhat out of our control, making sure that there is no food available for them will mean they cannot afford to stick around.
Although cleaning the entire kitchen might appear to be overwhelming at first, breaking the process down into individual tasks can make the procedure much more accessible and, in turn, successful.
Firstly, make sure that all food is stored properly and is inaccessible for any scavenging pests. Pest species from rodents to cockroaches are very resourceful and will find any food that isn’t kept securely.
Make sure that all food is placed in cupboards which form a tight seal when closed. Additionally, transfer foods in loose or flimsy materials such as paper or cardboard into plastic and sealed containers which pest species cannot chew through.
Secondly, it is crucial that all food residue from your day-to-day operations is cleaned regularly. Spillages and splashes should be dealt with throughout the day and all surfaces will need to be wiped down at the end of the day.
Similarly, fats and greases which build up in extractor fans or on cooking utensils will need to be addressed as this is an ideal food source for roaches and other insects.
Keep an Eye out for Pest Activity
It is difficult to absolutely guarantee that no pest population will ever establish itself within your restaurant or café. The trick, however, is to make sure the problem is addressed immediately when an infestation does occur.
Pests can make their presence known in a number of ways:
- You might see the pest species themselves such as seeing a mouse scurrying along the floor or cockroach crawling past.
- You might spot droppings which come in various shapes and sizes.
- Rodents might gnaw on wooden surfaces or strip the rubber off of electrical wires.
- There may be evidence of feeding in food stores, including tampering with packaging.
- You or a member of staff may come across evidence of nesting, such as a collection of soft and warm materials in a secluded location.
If you do come across any of these giveaways, make sure to contact your pest control provider as soon as possible with as much information as you have.
Establish a Contract with a Qualified Pest Controller
Although you can make a significant impact on the likelihood of suffering from a pest infestation by remaining vigilant and maintaining a clean work environment, you can protect your business even further by establishing a contract with the Glasgow Pest Control Co.
By having us on retainer you can make sure that you always have access to experienced and well-trained technicians whenever a pest situation does arise.
We can carry out an initial inspection in order to highlight potential risks within your business in terms of attracting pests, as well as offering proofing work in order to minimise this danger.
Additionally, we will carry out regular inspections in order to make sure that your business is fully-protected from all pest species.
Investing in a contract with our company will make sure that you are in full compliance with all pest hygiene legislation, and our technicians can offer valuable and qualified advice on steps that you can take to ensure your business can operate smoothly without disruption or scandal.
Get in Touch
To speak to one of our sales representatives today about any of our pest control services, or about establishing a contract with our company, give us a call now on 0141 471 9255.
Alternatively, fill in our contact form and one of our personnel will give you a call as soon as possible about how we can protect your business from pest species.