Keeping Your Streator Restaurant Pest-Free

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The three most common pests to invade restaurants are rodents, cockroaches, and flies. These pests can not only cause damage to your restaurant but they can also scare people away, giving you less business. Knowing how to prevent infestations by these pests is an important step in securing your Streator restaurant.

What Draws Pests into your Restaurant?

All three of these types of pests are attracted to the environment that restaurants create. There’s plenty of food, warmth and humidity, and plenty of places to nest and hide. Rodents, cockroaches, and flies all carry different diseases that can get people very ill. Even one small cockroach on the floor can cause people to flock from your restaurant and can ruin its reputation permanently. You can also get your restaurant shut down by not keeping it up to safety and health standards by allowing these pests to continue to exist.

“What are the four main contributing factors to pests in a restaurant?” is a common question asked by owners. They are: uncleanliness, unsealed openings, poor structural integrity, and poor upkeep of the property in general.

How Can You Prevent the Worst Case Scenario?

There are many actions you can take in order to make sure that no rodent or insect can get into your restaurant. A great first step is to make sure the entire building is sealed. All cracks and crevices in the floor and walls should be filled immediately. You don’t want to give pests a single chance at getting in.

“How do restaurants get rid of flies?” you may be wondering. You can keep flies out by installing screens on your windows and making sure they are repaired at all times. Keeping doors that lead outside shut is important too as pests could be waiting, inches from a door, to dash inside the instant it opens. Any mess that is made should be cleaned up immediately. If you leave food to sit out even for a small amount of time, pests could be attracted to that and rush for it. Not only that, but no customer wants to walk into a restaurant and see unfinished food and dirty plates sitting at half the tables. It should go without saying, but you should also be making sure that your restaurant is as clean as possible, wiping down tables, floors, and other surfaces food may touch as often as possible. If you use a mop bucket, it is imperative that you do not let it sit out for a long time, as the build-up of food particles and bacteria in the water can cause your restaurant to be more attractive to these pests.

A question you might have after all of this is, “What is the best way to prevent pest infestations in a restaurant?” The best thing you can do in any situation to prevent an infestation in Streator is to contact the professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators.

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