Bugs or pests in a restaurant can mean a loss of customers, health department violations and risk spreading a disease to workers and customers. Because it is a public place, and food is involved, the options for pest control is limited. Even when you opt to have a professional pest control company come and take care of the problem, there may be times between treatments you need to take care of the bugs yourself. Knowing what your options are is the first step to keeping your restaurant open and your customers coming back.
A general pesticide is one that covers a large area, it is used on walls, floors or ceilings. However, they can only be used in non-food areas, meaning it can only be used in hallways, a reception area, restrooms and non-food-supply areas. You can spray or pour the pesticide into floor drains as long as there will be no fumes coming back into the kitchen.
Barriers are usually pastes or dust that can be put across doorways and windows and around the perimeter of the building. Any pest that crosses it will carry the pesticide to the nest, killing the pests that are already inside the establishment.
Cracks and Crevices
Pastes and dust can also be used in cracks and crevices. However, these pesticides cannot be used on exposed surfaces.If you use a paste, not only will the pesticide kill anything that comes in contact with it, but can also fill an entry area, keeping more pests from getting inside. It is also possible to place bait or traps into cracks and crevices.
Fogging or Sprays
The use of foggers or sprays in a restaurant is possible, as long as they are labeled as non-residual and are used only when no food or utensils are present. This means it will only work at the time it is being used and will not continue to kill pests after the pesticide has dissipated or dried. You can spray the kitchen once all food, dishes, and utensils have been removed and the food prep tables are covered.
Professional pest control services know the laws and regulations for treating food service establishments. The best course of treatment is to have regular treatments of preventive measures. However, when the bugs insist on coming into your restaurant, you need to know how you can help get rid of them between the treatments.