When your restaurant is infested by unwanted pests, it could put your business in jeopardy.
There is quite possibly nothing more destructive to a restaurant’s reputation than rodents being spotted – or being shut down or someone getting sick due to a rodent infestation. Rodents aren’t just annoying because they get into everything; they also carry disease and can expose your clientele to illnesses that can ruin your rapport with the community, cause you to be fined by the health inspector, or cause an outbreak that can completely ruin your business.
The worst part about a rodent infestation is that you have very few resources to fight against them. When running a restaurant, your establishment presents a “kid in the candy store” scenario for rats and mice. But unlike other pests, there aren’t many options to stop an infestation once it’s started. Besides putting out bait or trapping them, there aren’t any chemicals that really work to curb a rodent problem that don’t come with their own set of problems.
Stopping a Rodent Infestation
The best way to stop rodents from invading your inventory and your restaurant is to use prevention methods. Here are some of the ways to stop rodents before they make themselves at home in your restaurant:
- Keep both the interior and the exterior of your establishment clean. Any type of extra food or trash both inside and out is just a temptation that will call rodents to find their way indoors. Since rodents are mostly guided by odor, keep your food locked uptight and don’t leave open containers of any kind either sitting in trash cans next to your eatery or open in the kitchen. Make sure to have your staff constantly cleaning surfaces and disinfecting them to keep mice and rats out and away.
- Don’t allow any type of moisture or water to sit in your restaurant. A little-known fact is that rats need water to survive. So if you leave standing water, it can attract rats to find their way indoors. If you have a water issue, not only are you risking a mold problem, but you are supplying rats with enough water to make them comfortable enough to settle in.
- Seal and shut any entryways to keep rodents out. You would be surprised at how little space rodents need to squeeze through. Have a professional commercial pest control management company find all the vulnerabilities in your establishment and seal them up tight so that outdoor creatures don’t make their way in.
- Make sure that your staff knows how to spot the signs that there are rodents about. Train your staff to be diligent about finding mice and rat droppings or how to recognize when they have gnawed something. If you have everyone on board, you can spot the signs of a problem before it really becomes a problem.
The best way to control a rodent problem is to prevent it before it becomes one. Hiring a professional commercial pest control management company to spot the signs, sealing up the entryways, and keeping your restaurant clean and rodent-free are all ways to protect your reputation and your livelihood.
Commercial Pest Control
When your commercial building is infested by unwanted pests, it could put your business in jeopardy. So, getting the pests removed properly is crucial for your business. While many business owners prefer taking the DIY route to save some money, the efforts are often futile, because commercial spaces are huge and the pests can find many different places to hide. These pests can easily hide in small cracks, into electrical sockets, and even behind baseboards.’