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Why Should Restaurant-Owners Make Pest Control Their Top Priority?

October 25, 2016

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In Southern Florida, the warm climate allows some pests to be a year-round problem; so local restaurant-owners must be constantly vigilant to keep their businesses pest-free.

The most common pests found in commercial food-handling businesses are houseflies, fruit flies, cockroaches, and ants.   House flies can contaminate every surface that they land on with any one of the hundreds of pathogenic microorganisms that they carry around with them.  Fruit flies are a sign of an unsanitary environment because they feed only on decaying matter such as rotting fruits and vegetables.  Cockroaches are attracted to warm temperatures making the kitchen an ideal place for them to settle in.  They are infamous for causing allergic reactions and outbreaks of disease, which is why it is imperative to keep them away from the food that you serve to customers.  Ants are notorious as nuisance pests in the United States, and they will thrive in your restaurant because they eat just about any kind of food available to them, but they do prefer sweets.  Although they can contaminate your food, people with ant infestation are more likely to complain about how bothersome and aesthetically distasteful they are to have in your home.

The main reasons to keep insects and other pests away from your business are because they are unsanitary and costly nuisances.  Food contamination and its potential for food poisoning is the biggest risk associated with pest infestations in the restaurant industry.  Another major concern for business-owners dealing with pest infestations is the loss of profits that inevitably follow a pest sighting in a restaurant because of the discounts expected by disgusted patrons, the loss of returning customers, and the unfavorable word-of-mouth that engenders bad press and a negative public image. 

The four main ways that you can protect your business from unwanted pests are through inspection, sanitation, prevention, and exclusion.  Inspection is the first step restaurant-owners should take when trying to protect their business in order to find out where pests may be getting in so that you will know where to focus your pest control efforts.  If you want to do it yourself some places to check for pests are around trash cans, drains, electrical outlets, and any other cracks or crevices that could be used as a point of entry; or you can contact Nozzle Nolen to schedule a free inspection, and we will do all that work for you.  Sanitation is key when it comes to pest control whether you are trying to prevent an infestation or trying to get rid of one.  Make sure to frequently clean floors, sinks, and any equipment that you use, even the trash bins.  Also, make sure to clean up extra thoroughly after closing before you leave for the night.  Unfortunately, cleaning is not always enough to keep the pests away, so your next step is prevention.  Prevention involves spraying insecticides and should be done regularly and cautiously, preferably when there are no patrons in the restaurants and when the structure of the building will have time to ventilate afterwards.  We recommend hiring a professional to do these treatments safely and effectively.  The last step you can do to protect from pests is exclusion, which involves sealing any cracks and crevices you find as well as insulating all the doors and windows.

If you have any questions about how to protect your South Florida business from pests or if you are interested in our commercial pest control services, please call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives at (800) 226-6536.  Serving South Florida from Sebastian to Deerfield Beach, our restaurant pest control is the ideal solution!

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