If you own or manage a restaurant then you know the extensive amount of work it takes to keep everything running smoothly. Most likely, you are always considering the lengths that you take to keep things sanitized. But what about when it comes to pest control? Keep reading for some helpful tips.
1-Inside of Your Restaurant
Clean Dining and Food Prep Areas
Wiping down all seating and dining areas is important in order to maintain cleanliness. But it also can help to detract pests. The same is true for any areas where food is prepared. Cleaning up after preparing food is a necessity due to possible contamination, but it is also necessary in the effort to keep away insects or rodents looking for food. Waitressing stations should also be checked for spills or crumbs. Anywhere that food or beverages are placed or prepared should be cleaned on a regular basis.
All dry food should be stored in airtight containers that are kept at least six inches off of the ground and 12 inches away from walls. This way there is easy access to clean and inspect these areas. Regularly check your dry ingredients to make sure that they are still fresh and do not contain any critters.
Make sure that all trash cans have liners in them at all times, as this will keep them cleaner. You should also make sure that each trash can has a lid. If cans are not properly sealed there is a much higher chance of pests being attracted to them.
2-Outside of Your Restaurant
Many insects are drawn to the warmth produced from lighting fixtures. Some will use lighting fixtures to specifically attract and kill insects. Or, it may help you more strategically place your light fixtures. You may wish to place light fixtures instead away from the building and only have a minimum of lights affixed to doorways.
Like the trash cans inside need to be kept clean and tightly sealed, so too should the outside dumpsters. If they are not properly maintained it will begin to look and smell unpleasant. Piles of trash and/or pungent odors will attract unwanted pests. Make sure that your dumpsters are kept a safe distance from the building, are maintained, and the lids are always shut.
Obviously, you want to keep doors and windows closed but what about receiving areas or if you have a drive-thru window? Consider an air curtain which can help to keep away flying insects. You may also want to consider a door sweep that can keep a door’s gap completely sealed, protecting the threshold from moisture and preventing pests from coming in.
It is recommended that you have your restaurant regularly inspected to ensure that your building is protected from pests. If you find that your restaurant is experiencing a pest infestation, don’t hesitate to call the experts. Contact Premium Termite and Pest Control today!