Protecting Your Las Vegas Restaurant From Pest Threats Is A Must
In Las Vegas, we have many pests that can get into restaurant kitchens and dining areas. The top three are flies, cockroaches, and rodents. Today, we're going to take a moment to discuss each of these pests and what threats they can present.
There are many flying pests that can get into kitchens. Even if your exterior walls are completely sealed, they can still get in. They come right in through your doors when employees and customers enter. This can make them very difficult to keep out.
Once flies get into a restaurant, they can find many locations to lay their eggs and reproduce, such as a drain, a dirty mop or some splattered grease.
How do restaurants get rid of flies? It depends on the restaurant. Sometimes, a good sanitation program and the training of staff can get rid of flies and keep them out. Sometimes more control is needed, such as bioremediation or insect light traps positioned near doors and windows.
When flies get into a kitchen, they can be a catalyst for illness. The common housefly is known to transmit 65 diseases and filth flies, in general, are responsible for a wide range of illnesses including cholera, Salmonellosis, dysentery, conjunctivitis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis and many more.
The most common pest cockroach is the German cockroach. These little tan cockroaches are incredibly difficult to get rid of. They can find many breeding locations inside a commercial kitchen environment and reproduce quickly.
Cockroaches are linked to the spread of more than 33 kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and at least 6 parasitic worms. If these insects get into your restaurant, they can make your employees sick, your customers sick and lead to a failed health inspection. Even if cockroaches were not considered a health threat, their presence in your dining areas can drive customers away and lead to bad reviews on social media.
Mice and rats are common pests for restaurants in Las Vegas. Unlike the other two pests listed above, these pests don't need an entry point to get into your business; they can make one. When they do, the holes they chew can be used by a wide range of other pests. This is the first of many problems they can present.
Inside a restaurant, mice and rats can cause many different problems, including:
They pick up harmful bacteria from dirty locations, such as trash bins, and spread them to sensitive locations. How do you prevent this? Good sanitation is key.
They leave their droppings in many places that could lead to food contamination. Quickly cleaning up droppings can help reduce the risk.
Their shed hairs can be a source of contamination. A rat that comes into your business after being inside a sewer culvert or a dumpster can be a serious threat.
They chew holes in food packaging in food-storage areas. We're often asked, "What is the best way to keep rodents out of food rooms?" The solution is rodent control around the exterior of your business. It is always best to stop rodents "before" they get in.
Mice and rats sometimes make an appearance in kitchens and dining areas, which makes employees uneasy and drives customers away.
What is the best way to prevent pest infestations in a restaurant?
The best way to protect your Las Vegas restaurant is by having one of the commercial pest control experts here at Red Rock Pest Control help you establish a pest control plan. This may include staff training, bioremediation, exterior pest control, routine interior inspections, and ongoing monitoring and documentation. Let our team support your team by managing pest threats using modern Integrated Pest Management methods and EPA approved pest control products. For more information, set up a consultation today. No Las Vegas restaurant should ever be without an effective commercial pest control plan. There are just too many risks. Get your protection in place today!