Who doesn’t like easy food? It is the reason people spend five dollars on a fast-food burger that they could make at home for a dollar fifty. Of course, when eating out, you are paying for the cost of labor along with the chef’s expertise. There are some individuals that are having their food made for them and paying nothing at all. We are not talking about human patrons, but rather dinner guests of the cockroach persuasion. If you’re a restaurant owner or manager, you need to be aware of these dirty little pests. Lucky for you, we have everything you need to know.
Why German Cockroaches Are Attracted To Restaurants
German cockroaches are attracted to both fresh and thrown away foods, both of which are abundant in the restaurant industry. The kicker is that even if your restaurant is spotless, cockroaches can still find something to eat. Their resourcefulness stems from their extremely strange eating habits which include consuming paper products, glue, fabrics, dried human skin, nail clippings, and even saliva.
German cockroaches are also attracted to moist, warm environments, which precisely describes an active kitchen. Your stoves, counter tops, and other appliances provide German roaches with the perfect places to hide, allowing them to stay out of sight when not scavenging for food.
All and all, your restaurant is like a 5-star hotel for German cockroaches and many other pests alike looking for a comfortable place to live. Once inside, they will never want to leave.
Problems German Cockroaches Cause For Restaurant Owners
Despite their small size, German cockroaches are truly as scary as they look. Able to carry over 33 unique kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic pests, German cockroaches are one of the most dangerous food industry pests around. When inside your restaurant establishment, these small pests carry these problems over the counters, tables, and oven tops they roam while scavenging for food. Even if you clean your kitchen spotless every night before going home, these pests can still leave behind microscopic remnants of their presence and put any one of your customers at risk of serious disease or sickness.
German cockroaches can also attribute to asthma attacks and allergic reactions. They do this through the skin they shed while developing into adulthood. These skin particulates travel like dust through the air and can be transferred throughout your whole establishment through ventilation.
Finally, if you have a German cockroach population, it will threaten you and your restaurant’s reputation. Studies show that 56% of diners that notice a pest during their visit take their experience to the internet in the form of a social media post, blog excerpt, or review. Furthermore, 81% will never return. We don’t have to tell you how fast this would affect business.
How Cockroaches Get Inside and How To Prevent Them
In spite of your best efforts to keep your restaurant clean and roach free, cockroaches may still find undetected avenues where they weasel their way inside of our establishment. They seek out gaps, cracks, or any other small entry point on the exterior of your commercial property.
To stop cockroaches from getting inside, use a caulking gun to seal up these openings. Common places you may find cockroach entry points include: along your restaurant’s foundation, around window and door frames, and around utility piping/ventilation.
How Termishield Can Help Keep Roaches Away
When it comes to your restaurant, you need only the best when it comes to roach control. Fortunately, we offer nothing but the highest quality and reliable pest control services here at Termishield. With our general commercial pest control at your back, you will find protection from German cockroaches and other pests that affect the reputation and well-being of your restaurant. Contact us today and speak with out of our knowledgeable representatives about how to make pests in your restaurant a problem of the past!