Evidence of pests is one of the worst things that could happen to a food business. If pests are able to enter the premises they could quickly damage property, contaminate work surfaces and poison food.
In addition, if pests are discovered it could jeopardise a restaurant’s reputation, with the potential of prosecution and the closure of the restaurant.
Common restaurant pests
Pests such as rodents, flies and cockroaches are attracted to food preparation and storage areas.
- Cockroaches carry food poisoning organisms and can contaminate all areas of a restaurant if an infestation occurs.
- Rats are often attracted by food waste and carry many diseases.
- Flies can rapidly spread bacteria including salmonella, typhoid and cholera.
Proactive pest control for restaurants
A regular pest control contract can help ensure your restaurant never attracts pests. Through regular visits, we identify possible entry points, and make recommendations for changes to stop any pests from thriving.
Pest control procedures are a requirement of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme set up by the Food Standards Agency. In order to get a good Food Hygiene rating, restaurants must demonstrate that pest control procedures are in place.
Tips for keeping restaurants pest free
- Clean all surfaces and spillages
- Regularly remove all food debris
- Keep food and food waste in sealed containers
- Remove food waste regularly and keep bins away from premises if possible
For advice on pest control in your restaurant, or to find out more about setting up a proactive contract, please get in touch.