Restaurant Pest Control
Commercial Pest Management Services for the Food Service Industry
How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You
The restaurant industry employs more than 13 million workers in the United States, accounts for over $600 billion in revenue, and remains well-positioned for continued growth. As the restaurant industry flourishes, so does the need to prevent pest infestation throughout this growth.
From food storage spaces to outdoor dining areas, restaurants provide ideal environments (harborage with food and water) for a number of unwanted pests (rodents and insects). Since restaurants offer the survival trifecta of food, water, and shelter, owners and staff must remain vigilant to prevent unwanted pests from contaminating food supplies and endangering the health of clientele.
We offer a complete menu of pest management solutions for the food service industry. Whether you manage a local eatery or a chain of quick service restaurants, crawling insect, rodent, and fly control is an absolute necessity. We can meet all of your service and documentation needs as required by local and state regulatory agencies.
Our program will identify conducive conditions that contribute to infestations, and take a course of action that will help maintain a safe and healthy environment for your guests and employees. Request a free inspection or to locate your local Waltham Pest Services branch.
How Pests Affect Business
The presence of pests in food service establishments is detrimental to several aspects of business. The most apparent and common form of destruction is the contamination of food supplies.Contamination
Some pests (both rodents and insects) feed on stored food or storage containers, which effectively contaminates supplies and exposes products to the elements. Other nuisance pests burrow in grains and similar sources of food, which may affect the flavor and result in large-scale contamination of inventory. Consequently, restaurateurs may need to purge large amounts of food supply, which is ultimately an unnecessary expense.Damage
Restaurant owners must also worry about property damage caused by the gnawing, chewing, and burrowing of larger pests. The presence of such damage may require the replacement of essential pipes and vents/ceiling tiles.Disease
The risk of food-borne and airborne illness and disease is another major consequence of pest infestation. As the danger of illness directly affects restaurant patrons, owners and staff members of dining establishments should remain particularly mindful of signs indicating the presence of disease-carrying pests. The sight of pest organisms alone may adversely change the reputation of a restaurant, while the contraction of disease may prove enough to halt business altogether.
How Pest Control Professionals Can Help
Not only do pest control professionals possess the resources needed to eliminate infestations, they also work with restaurants to create an integrated pest management plan, or IPM plan, that minimizes the chance of pest resurgence. Restaurant pest control professionals offer insight and knowledge not available from other sources, understand proper follow up procedures, and provide information regarding initial signs of infestation. To truly keep restaurants up to code and safe for customers, restaurant owners benefit indefinitely from the assistance of professional pest control specialists.
Common Restaurant Pests
Cockroaches - With a rounded and flat body measuring nearly an inch in length, the most common New England restaurant pest is the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. Destructive and odorous, cockroaches are not particularly discreet. The stigma attached to the insects alone makes cockroach sightings especially detrimental to business.
Moreover, cockroaches pose several health risks. The combination of the excrement, abdominal scent gland secretions, and regurgitated food discharged from the pests produces a foul odor and stains surfaces the cockroaches contact.
As such, restaurants experiencing infestation problems risk losing dishes, utensils, and other valuable supplies to the pests. Additionally, cockroaches may cause asthma and carry various diseases, including the pathogens that cause dysentery, urinary tract infections, and food poisoning.
Flies - Several species of flies are found throughout the world. The most common fly in New England and the rest of the United States is Musca domestica, or the house fly. The main food sources for flies include:
- Decaying organic materials
- Food waste
As such, flies often swarm around dumpsters, vegetable waste, and food preparation stations in restaurants. Given the preferred food of flies, the pests serve as carriers of several human diseases and may transfer pathogens through saliva and feces when not in motion. Most commonly, flies cause diarrhea and also annoy restaurant guests.
Stored Product Pests - Categorized based on feeding habits, stored product pests consist of four main groups: internal feeders, external feeders, scavengers, and secondary pests. The nuisances that make up each category affect stored food supply uniquely, and restaurateurs should remain vigilant against all types.
Common internal feeders, which develop larvae inside kernels of grains and seeds, thus contaminating inventory, include granary weevils and bean weevils. External feeders, or pests that feed on whole and processed grains, include drugstore beetles, cigarette beetles, and Indian meal moths.
The lone types of scavengers found throughout New England are the saw-toothed grain and merchant grain beetle. Scavengers feed on the damaged grains left by other stored product pests. Additionally, pests such as mealworms and moths may damage food packages and cause mass spoiling.
Rodents - Various species of rats and mice enter restaurants from their unsanitary, disease-ridden homes (alleys and sewers). Aside from the fear rodents induce in many people, the presence of the pests in restaurants may cause significant food loss and result in illness to guests.
A population of 50 rats can consume approximately three pounds of grain in a single week, so major infestations often cost restaurant owners an overwhelming amount in losses. Additionally, rats and mice are known to spread disease causing pathogens and account for a staggering number of food poisoning cases each year in the United States.
Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work
Stored product pests alone prove so various and pervasive that restaurant pest control professionals frequently must employ various techniques to ensure the infested area remains sanitary and pest-free. Though restaurateurs may implement preventative measures without the help of a professional, dealing with an infestation of any size often seems nearly impossible.
Oftentimes, in-house pest control tactics lack the comprehensive effectiveness of commercial pest control services for restaurants. Moreover, restaurant owners and staff members typically lack the proper gear, materials, and certifications required to handle infestations.
With over 120 years of varied experience, Waltham Pest Services is committed to providing superior commercial pest management services for the food service industry.
- Pest control professionals collaborate with restaurants to create an integrated pest management plan (IPM) to minimize the chance of pest resurgence.
- Pest management resources and solutions work to protect against contamination of food supply, property damage, foodborne and airborne illnesses via unwanted pests.
- Commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your employees and clientele.