Unless you’re running an exotic eatery where creepy crawlers are part of the menu, there is absolutely no room for bugs in a restaurant, let alone a restaurant kitchen! They are not only a nuisance, but they are also a threat to health. Most of these bugs can transmit diseases and parasites. Yikes!
As far as restaurant sanitation goes, one bug is one bug too many and are an indication of a lapse in your system. When you start seeing one or two pests, you are already looking at an infestation problem.
Here’s how you can stop that from happening:
Prevention is Key
You do not want to remove bugs from your kitchen; you want to keep them from coming in the first place. One of the most important things to remember about kitchens and bugs is that pests are attracted to food. It can be fresh produce or rotting ones in the bin, food that’s left on an open pot or an accumulation of spills by the exit, bits and pieces of bone and trimmed fat, etc. The best way to deter these pests is to keep food off-limits to them.
Here are some tips:
- Conduct precautionary routine inspections with pest control professionals.
This can be done once every quarter or more frequently if you live in a crowded city area where infestations are common.
- Keep food containers sealed.
Bugs leave when they have no access to food, so make sure to reinforce food containers. Get vacuum-lined container lids – saran wraps and aluminum foils are never fool-proof, and don’t leave anything off-shift.
- Seal garbage and disposal bins.
Poorly managed garbage disposals are some of the biggest attractants for all kinds of bugs. Be conscientious in disposal schedules and always use bins with secure lids.
- Wash towels and linens thoroughly.
Even the slightest trace of leftover food on restaurant linens and towels can attract bugs. Make sure to store your used linens and towels in a sealed container and use a reliable, high-level restaurant laundry service to ensure a thorough clean every time.
- Maintain the highest level of cleanliness in your restaurant.
Bug infestations in the commercial kitchen and restaurants in general is a matter of sanitation. Leave no surface uncleaned, especially where food has been prepared. Bugs can find even the smallest crumbs and tiniest spills. so keeping everything from the counters to the floors to shelves dry and free from food traces. Invest in good mops and cleaning towels for better cleaning results.
- Keep everything organized.
Disarray creates added nooks where bugs can hide and build colonies. Maintain an organized kitchen so the first signs of bugs are easy to detect.
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