In addition to knowing which areas prove troublesome for restaurant pest control, it’s also important to know what pests present problems for restaurants. The pests you’re likely to encounter vary by geography, type of foodservice operation, structural deficiencies in your building, and many other factors, but there are four pests that are far more common in restaurants than others.
- Rodents: Mice and rats can trigger intense feelings of fear and disgust for many patrons, and with good reason. They can spread diseases like Salmonella, Listeria, and E. Coli among many others, and let’s be honest—their beady little eyes are what nightmares are made of. They contaminate restaurants with feces and urine and use their teeth to chew through food packaging as well as electrical wiring and plumbing, so check out our selection of rodent control products to keep these pests at bay.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches–with their long antennae, hardened body, and hairy legs–will also trigger a very visceral reaction in a lot of customers. They spread many pathogens, like those that cause food poisoning, and contaminate restaurants with feces, regurgitated food, and shed exoskeletons. Cockroaches are particularly aggravating for restaurateurs because of their resiliency—you can cut them off from food and water, but many can live weeks without either (not to mention they can live weeks without their head). Our variety of crawling insect control products provides you with multiple ways to combat cockroach infestations.
- Flies: Flies are a flitting nuisance that may not make patrons’ stomachs churn like some other pests, but they can do as much if not more damage to the safety and cleanliness of your establishment. They can carry hundreds of diseases and are particularly drawn to liquid food, but they contaminate solid food and any other surface they land on by vomiting, sucking the vomit back into their system and, if needed, releasing fecal matter so they’re not too heavy to fly away. When you consider how mobile flies are and how many surfaces they can contaminate in such a short period of time, it’s easy to see why they are such a significant concern in restaurants and why flying insect control products are so important.
- Stored Product Pests: These pests include weevils, moths, beetles, mites, and other small insects that enter your restaurant hidden within flour, grain, nuts, and other packaged products or find refuge and sustenance in those products post-arrival. They breed, eat, and excrete within these products, creating bacteria that can not only alter flavor, but also cause allergic reactions or irritate your patrons’ digestive tract. Because stored product pests aren’t visibly prominent, great vigilance is required in closely examining incoming product as well as regularly rotating and inspecting existing stock for webbing, larvae, visible adult pests, or other signs of an infestation.