When choosing a restaurant to dine at, one of the most important factors to consider is hygiene. Aesthetics, ambiance, and food quality are all secondary.

Seeing pests on your dining table is more than a letdown; it poses a threat to your health.

As a restaurant owner, bugs will cost you the reputation of your restaurant, leading to loss of sales and, worse, even closure.

In this post, we will talk about common pests that infest restaurants—and what you can do to get rid of them:

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are naturally drawn to kitchens, because of the abundance of water and food there. Bread crumbs lying on the floor, unwashed dishes in the sink, and leftover food in plates are all common breeding grounds for cockroaches. Unfortunately, cockroaches are a persistent problem, and often take weeks to get rid of.

Cockroaches

To get rid of these scavengers, eliminate all exposed food from your kitchen. Make sure everything is well-secured in airtight jars. Moreover, rinse out cans before throwing them in the bin and never leave leftovers on the table or on the kitchen counter.

Ants

Ants love munching on foods that are greasy, sugary, and sticky. If your kitchen is home to a lot of desserts, the scent will lure these pests in. Other than that, they also feed on excess dampness and moisture. The best way to avoid an ant infestation is to clean up spills and wipe counters frequently.

Ants are also often found in areas that are not easy to reach. These are spaces inside cabinets, in trashcans, and under appliances. Ants also love garbage. You’re likely to have your kitchen flooded with ants if you don’t remove trash frequently or leave it lying around.

When food remains in a trash can for more than a day, it emits a strong odor which then attracts ants.

Make sure the bin is emptied twice a day and is placed far away from the kitchen and the dining area.

Rodents

A rodent’s most destructive weapon is its droppings. These are also telltale signs that a family of rodents is infesting your kitchen. Rodent droppings are shiny black in color, and are small in size, with pointed edges. You need to be extra careful with them because of the health hazard they pose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, direct contact with rodent droppings can lead to the transmission of the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. This is a respiratory disease that can be fatal, if it remains untreated. This virus can also be transmitted if you breathe in dust that has been contaminated by rodent excretion.

Xterminator is an affordable and reliable pest control service in Columbus that will help you stamp out these pesky creatures from your restaurant kitchen. To learn more about their residential and commercial services, drop them a message online. You can also call up 1-800-948-7378.