Most restaurant managers know that the sight of a single fly or bug is a deal-breaker for customers. Today, one bad review can turn away hundreds of potential customers.
While the entire restaurant should be kept clean and bug-free, there are some problem areas where pests are most likely to infest—the kitchen being one of them. That’s why, in this piece, we’re focusing specifically on tips that you can use to keep your kitchen pest-free.
1. Ensure Proper Sanitation
There are a couple of steps you should take to ensure proper sanitation.
- Clean up regularly: Crumbs or drips will inevitably fall on the floor—but you need to keep up regular cleaning to ensure they don’t stay there too long.
- Sealed garbage cans: Get garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent rodents from accessing the garbage easily.
- Wash towels and cleaning cloths frequently: Fresh cleaning cloths allow you to keep countertops and other surfaces sanitary.
2. Closed Exits and Entrances
Any exits and entrances into your kitchen need to have swing doors that shut on their own. This prevents flies and other creepy crawlers from entering the kitchen.
Additionally, if there are any vents or windows in the kitchen, you’ll need to cover them up with fly proofing.
3. Keep Storage Safe
The storage area or pantry is a great spot for pests to thrive unnoticed. Keep dry food in sealed containers—not just plastic bags because they can be chewed open. Your food should be stored a foot from the ground, and the shelves should be placed away from the walls to ensure easy inspection.
Inventory should be managed using the First-In-First-Out method to avoid items from staying in the pantry for too long. Pay attention to slow-moving items during inspections.
4. Schedule Regular Inspections
While you should conduct internal routine cleanliness checks, it’s also a good idea to schedule regular inspections by a professional pest controller.
If you operate in a crowded city, get an inspection scheduled every quarter as a precautionary measure.
Regular inspections might seem like a waste of money, but it’s an investment that ensures the health of your food business and that of your customers. Restaurants with unchecked rodent infestations have been shut down by health and safety officials in the past—sometimes permanently.
If you’re looking to get professional pest inspection and treatment done for your restaurant, Xterminator Pest Control can help. We offer restaurant pest control programs to various commercial clients in Pickerington, Zanesville, and Columbus, Ohio.
To schedule an inspection, call us today at (614) 935-3973 or 1-800-948-7378.