Cockroaches thrive in warm temperatures. A kitchen provides them with a perfect dwelling place, where they can live, feed, and build up huge populations quickly.
Needless to say, removing each and every roach hiding in the dark, moist places behind the refrigerator, stove, sink, drains and pipes is quite a daunting task.
And the situation might get even more disagreeable if such a kitchen sits in your restaurant. The sight of one dreary cockroach and you’ll find your once-settled-in customers making a run for the exit!
Worst still, a cockroach infestation could result in a temporary shutdown of your business with heavy fines imposed for health violation.
For this reason, as a business owner, it is essential that you keep your kitchen clean and free of pests, particularly cockroaches, and ensure that your customers leave your restaurant happy and well-fed.
Here are 5 tips on how to keep your commercial kitchen roach-free.
1. Keep Your Kitchen Area Clean.
Roaches are always looking for food. Your kitchen provides them just that. Make sure your staff stores food in air-tight containers and jars so that the roaches do not hop in.
Also, it’s important to ensure that there’s no leftover food on the counters and all the dirty dishes are washed as soon as they land in the sink.
Moreover, it’s a good habit to keep cleaning the counter and wiping up spills, as you cook. Ask your janitorial staff to sweep and mop the kitchen floor at least once a day every day, while making sure that the area of the floor under the refrigerators, kitchen cabinets and ovens is cleared of all the loose crumbs.
Regular cleaning of the inside of the cabinets also helps keep the roaches away. Throw away your garbage by day-end, and also during the day as required.
2. Keep Other Areas Tidy.
Your customers will be eating in the dining area, so it’s obvious that besides the kitchen area, the adjoining dining area should also be kept clean and tidy. The tables should be cleaned between dinners. Any food and drinks spilled during the meals must be wiped out as soon as the diners leave.
Bathrooms are another trouble spot for roaches. Be sure to keep them dry and clean.
3. Have Pest Control Regularly.
Cleanliness is imperative for running a successful food business. Contact a local pest exterminator to evaluate what pest management program you need and how often it should be done.
Regular pest control treatments work in conjunction with the afore-mentioned preventive measures, in order to prevent or eradicate any and all roach colonies in your restaurant and make it 100% pest-free.
Bear in mind that having a roach infestation can make or break your business. It’s necessary that you do everything you can to avoid one.