There is no room for pest activity when it comes to food safety. Are you starting to see pests in your restaurant? It is time to get a professional opinion. Professionals do more than just treat the exterior of your business to keep pests out. Your service specialist will evaluate conducive conditions, potential breeding sites, entry points, and other factors that need to be addressed or brought to your attention. Restaurant pest control should be a scientific process that works to get rid of flies, cockroaches, rodents, and other common restaurant pests with the least amount of control materials. It is a job best done by a trained and experienced professional.
We don't have to tell you that pests are bad for business or that they can cause you to fail a health inspection. But you may not know what your Monmouth County pest control provider brings to the table. Can you do it yourself? Sure, you can do some things. We recommend that you do. But, it is best to hire a licensed commercial service provider for the level of control you need. Join us as we look at what to do about Monmouth County pests, six tips to keep pests out, and how important it is to have commercial restaurant pest control.
What To Do About Pests In My Restaurant
There are many ways you can discover pest activity. If you're struggling with a pest problem right now, we're willing to bet it is one of the following pests.
Flies: What should you do when you find fruit flies, houseflies, bottle flies, phorid flies, or drain flies buzzing around in your kitchen? Some restaurant owners set their minds on how to catch flies, such as hanging up sticky traps. Can you catch flies with sticky traps? Sure. But this is not going to create a fly-free environment in your kitchen. Flies will still be allowed to land on food and surfaces. You need to target the conditions that bring flies into your business. These conditions vary depending on which flies are presenting a problem. Your service specialist may make suggestions, such as protecting garbage in covered receptacles, moving trash receptacles away from exterior doors, having drains cleaned, etc. These methods target the source of the problem rather than the symptom.
Cockroaches: What should you do when you find cockroach droppings on the floor or some other warning sign of a cockroach infestation? Some restaurant owners get traps. Can you stop cockroaches with traps or bait? If you select bait that your cockroaches will eat, you may be able to stop them, but different species have different food preferences, and some species are averse to bait from the moment they emerge. Along with this, bait alone is rarely enough. Your service specialist identifies the pest roaches, selects appropriate products, evaluates the success of the products, and uses a multi-pronged treatment strategy to get results.
Rodents: What should you do if you see a mouse or rat run along a wall, or you discover evidence of a rodent infestation? Some restaurant owners put down traps, just as they would for cockroaches. It makes sense. Traps are the best way to arrest a rodent infestation. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to trap mice and rats. They are clever animals with natural defensive behaviors to protect themselves from harm. Your service specialist uses field-tested methods to deploy traps and will evaluate the success of the trapping program. Your service specialist will also evaluate conditions responsible for your infestation, such as an open pipe in a crawl space. Rats come up through open pipes from the culvert system; it is essential to cap these pipes.
Stored Product Pests: What should you do when you discover insects in your food or tiny months in food storage? You can throw all the food out. But throwing food out might not solve your problem. Some pests don't just lay eggs in food; they lay eggs in gaps and cracks near food. Food storage areas need to be wiped down and treated. As you can probably guess, this should be done by a professional.
Is it always best to contact a professional? Yes. A professional uses well-established methods and trusted products to maintain the level of pest control required. Does this mean there is nothing you can do? No. There are many ways you can keep your restaurant pest-free. Let's take a look at six of them.
Six Tips To Keeping Your Restaurant Pest Free
When it comes to guarding your reputation and keeping your doors open, prevention is crucial. Let's look at six tips that could keep your restaurant pest-free.
- Sanitation is the key to success for all restaurant pests. It is essential to remove trash routinely and keep receptacles clean. You need to sweep and mop floors and disinfect counters. Clean the sides of ovens and use products to clean your drains. Your hard work will not be in vain. To put this in perspective: It only takes one tiny fly to start an infestation in your restaurant. Drain cleaning isn't just used to get rid of drain flies and other pests that reproduce in drains, it is proactive pest prevention against that tiny, little fly that finds its way inside.
- Screens are your first line of defense against flies. Inspect all of your exterior door and window screens and repair any holes you find. Patch the smallest of holes. Your goal is to keep out as many flies as you can.
- Pests are attracted to the strong scent of decaying food. Managing your food with a first-in, first-out strategy is essential. Put new products to the back and old products to the front. Mark all packages with due dates and throw out items past their due dates. Consider storing certain items in sealed contains to keep pests out (or in). Yes, in. If stored product pests have laid eggs in a product you've brought into your kitchen, they can hatch and spread to other items. Sealed containers keep those pests contained in one spot.
- Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around pipes, wire conduits, and other foundation penetrations. Using caulk, expanding foam, wire mesh, and other exclusion materials will block potential entry points.
- Remove clutter near the exterior of your restaurant. Mice and rats use clutter to hide in. When they hide near your business, there is a greater chance they will get inside.
- Clean your gutters and make repairs to your gutter system. Perimeter moisture can attract cockroaches and lead to an infestation. Addressing perimeter moisture and removing organic debris, such as leaves, sticks, and wood, can reduce your chances of cockroaches getting into your business.
These natural methods can significantly impact pests and make it unlikely that pests will get inside. You can stop insects and rodents naturally if no factors promote pest infestation. But, if factors exist, a commercial pest control service plan can provide the protection you need.
The Most Important Thing To Know About Commercial Pest Control
Your service provider gives you layers of protection and solves pest problems in a professional and trustworthy manner. You won't have to wonder if your business is ready for an audit or inspection, and you won't be up at night wondering if disgruntled customers are smearing your good name on social media.
At Alliance Pest Services, we provide a long list of services for our commercial customers. Here's what you can expect from a service visit.
- We will perform an inspection and seek your input as we do. You know your business better than anyone and can alert your service specialist to trouble areas that need focused attention. If you cannot join your service specialist during inspections, that's okay. We share our findings with you so that you are informed, and we make recommendations to help you exclude pests with natural methods.
- Inspections may reveal pest activity. If so, we use Integrated Pest Management and industry-leading solutions to target any pests found.
- We check traps and other monitoring devices, clean them, and maintain them.
- We inspect moisture points and other potential entry points and apply exclusion work to create long-lasting and sustainable physical barriers.
- On the outside of your business, a liquid application is applied that makes it hard for pests to live near your exterior walls or get into your restaurant. We work hard to keep all liquid applications on the exterior of your business to stop pests before they get inside.
- Around the perimeter of your business, we will apply a granular product to stop crawling pests from getting in. We use tamper-resistant traps to cull rodent populations and monitor rodent activity. We lay gel bait down to stop insects in their tracks. The products and methods we use are strictly monitored and evaluated to achieve the best results.
Every business in Monmouth County can benefit from a commercial pest control plan, but restaurants, in particular, need the highest level of pest control. How do you get the highest level of protection?
Commercial Pest Control In Monmouth County You Can Trust
Contact Alliance Pest Services for quality commercial pest control in Monmouth. We offer industry-leading commercial restaurant pest control and can customize your services to meet your specific needs. We'll prepare you for audits and inspections and help you guard your reputation from the harmful social media buzz that pests can drum up.