Sitting down to a beautiful dinner on a date night you’ve been waiting for weeks to enjoy, the last thing you want to see is a cockroach scuttling across the wall to ruin the ambiance. While this is a more obvious sign of unwanted guests at the restaurant you’re dining in, there is a more sinister side to Gold Coast pest control for commercial kitchens.
Contamination of food from foraging pests can cause serious damage to property and illness to diners.
A pest’s paradise
Commercial kitchens in restaurants and hotels provide the ideal environment for pests to thrive. With access to food stores, water, humid temperatures, and nesting materials, once pests get in they won’t want to leave their breeding paradise unless you call a professional Gold Coast pest removal service.
The biggest issues for restaurants are rodents, cockroaches, spiders, flies and ants because of the damage they can do. Hundreds of dollars’ worth of food, table linens and fittings can be ruined by a pest infestation in a commercial kitchen.
The risk of financial loss
Once word gets around, your business reputation may be irreparably damaged because pests are a public health risk. Not only can they cause damage to food products and furnishings, but they can also carry pest-borne diseases and the droppings or laying of eggs will result in food contamination.
It’s a horrible thought as restaurant owners often pride themselves on exceptional dining experiences for their customers. The loss of business that would result from some negative reviews and the monetary loss from having to throw away bad food is certainly worth organising pest control from your local Gold Coast exterminator. Plus, nobody wants to receive a fine for breaches in health and hygiene compliance.
Hotels and restaurants have a responsibility to their clientele to protect them from public health risks. Rodents in particular – because they can increase rapidly in numbers if they’re near a substantial food supply – need to be addressed immediately. Rodents will contaminate food with their urine, droppings and filth picked up during their daily wanderings. Rats carry many toxic diseases, as well as lice and ticks, which can create further issues.
How to avoid pests in your commercial kitchen
You can help reduce the risk of nasties in your commercial kitchen, by following our Gold Coast pest control team’s expert advice:
- Store food off the floor to reduce the risk of contamination
- Seal holes and cracks in skirting boards, door and window frames
- Install proper insect screens
- Dispose of waste, especially food waste, correctly
- Contact a licensed pest controller on the Gold Coast to regularly check for nasties
For more information on how to safeguard your business and protect your clientele, contact Bug Squad Pest Management on 0433 070 243 today!
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