No matter where you are, you never want to see a pest. This is especially true if you are somewhere in which food is served. There are three main pests that find their way into areas that serve food. It is important that custodians understand which pests make their way into these areas and what the best way to deal with an infestation is.
The first type is cockroaches. These critters are not only annoying but are also a hazard to health. Because of this, they should be dealt with in a timely manner. Cockroaches have the ability to not only spread but bring in bacteria. They can cause a number of different issues to occur. These critters are attracted to anywhere that food is readily available to them. This means that cleaning crews need to constantly check areas in which food is served. Kitchens provide a moist environment, which is the perfect place for them to make their home. If you see cockroaches, do not wait in order to have them removed. They can starve themselves for weeks and come in through very tiny cracks. You should address the issue immediately.
Rodents are the next kind. These critters are always looking for a source of food and trying to find shelter. This makes any facility that serves food the perfect place for them to end up. When people are in your building, they tend to get extremely upset if they see a rodent. This means that your business can decline if you have an infestation. Mice and rats are extremely quick, can climb through tiny spaces, and are carriers of disease. If this is not bad enough, they can also cause physical damage that can result in a fire. Staff should constantly keep their eyes open for any signs that these pests have found their way into your building. This could include nesting areas, insulation that is out of place, or even droppings. You should call an exterminator immediately if you suspect that you have a rodent infestation before the problem becomes dangerous.
The third type of critter that finds its ways around food are flies. Flies tend to show up as the weather warms up. If they are not prevented they can cause a number of issues to food service places. Flies are more than just a nuisance. They also transmit pathogens. They do this by landing on food and contaminating it. They have been known to cause a number of different issues. Salmonella, shingles, E. coli, and tuberculosis are just a few of the many things they have been known to cause. If flies have made their way into your facility, you should realize they are particularly attracted to certain foods. Beans, flour, and cereal are some examples.
No matter how clean your facility is, if it serves food you are susceptible to an infestation. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you are keeping an eye out. Noticing a problem immediately can prevent it from becoming a critical concern. You should check outside the building, around and in the trash, in the kitchen, and in the dining areas. Should also do your best to ensure no food finds its way to these areas.