Why pest control is a must for the food industry?

 

The food industry is prevalent in the global market. Whether a restaurant is local or has branches all over, one of the common concerns all food premises have keeping pests under control and out of their establishments.

There are several ways pests can jeopardise your restaurant’s name.

When a customer spots a pest in the seating area or evidence of a pest in the food, they will begin to question the sanitation measures of your establishment.

A pest infestation can leave negative image about you as word spreads quickly and before you know it, it will be all over social media!

Rats, ants, cockroaches, are famous culprits for bringing down a reputation.

But did you know, these pests also happen to be the ones responsible for diseases that may be passed onto your patrons.

In addition, pests like beetles, birds, moths and other insects can also wreak havoc inside your food premises.

The war on an established pest infestation is not easy to win.

Moths, beetles, cockroaches, ants and rats are different from each other because the areas they strike in your restaurant and the food they choose to feed on is not entirely the same.

As their attack is different, their control is tougher because the treatment against the infestation needs to be targeted effectively and with precision.

Let’s take a look at each pest and differentiate them on the basis of their characteristics, diet, hideouts, and methods for treatment against an infestation.

 

Rats

Rats are perhaps the most noticeable from all the other pests. You wouldn’t want to see a rat in your kitchen at home nor in a restaurant you’re dining at.

It is safe to say that a rat infestation is an absolute no-no.

Rats breed quickly and before you know it you will have an infestation gone completely out of control.

Rats have sharp teeth, which continue to grow throughout their life, and by gnawing at food, plastic, electrical wiring, etc they file their teeth.

Restaurants and kitchens filled with ingredients, along with great hideouts happen to attract entire clans of rats.

Rats destroy food causing you to also deal with the cost of replacing food and equipment damaged by rats.

You must also consider the number of health issues rats could be transmitting in and around your kitchen and restaurant.

 

Mice

Often mistaken to be rats, mice are part of the same family, however they tend to prefer eating more of grains, wheat in particular.

Mice have a special fondness for places where food is stored and cooked.

 

Cockroaches

All commercial kitchens which contain food and water will definitely attract cockroaches. Also more importantly, there is always at least one entryway for cockroaches to find a way in.

Cockroaches roam in the filthiest of places they carry along with them various bacteria and organisms that can cause digestive and respiratory disorders.

Not only is this harmful to your customers but to your staff as well!

Do you really want to be known as a restaurant or name that has a questionable sanitation level?

 

Flies

Bottom line, Food attracts flies!

Did you know when a fly comes in contact with food they actually vomit on it?

More concerning is the fly vomit is not visible to the naked eye.

Flies rest on the dirty items such as rubbish, deceased animals and faeces, they then land on food, contaminating it.

It is a known fact that flies are symbolic of unhygienic conditions, & that they can cause a number of digestive problems and infections.

 

Ants

An ant is never alone but always accompanied by an army of fellow-ants.

Attracted to food in every form – prepared or unprepared, ants can do a significant amount of damage to your fresh or stored food products leading to monetary loss in the need to replace the ant infested items

If you have a pest issue in your food establishment do not delay in contacting a professional pest control company

Sydney’s Best Pest Control has over 20 years’ experience in successfully eradicating pests in Sydney food establishments

 

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