Pest Proofing and Protection | Restaurant Pest Control

What would happen to your food service establishment if it became known that you have rats, roaches, and other pests? Would your reputation suffer? Would you lose business? Of course, you would. A situation like this would definitely bring health inspectors into the picture as well. It could lead to costly closures until the pest infestation matters are rectified. That is why proper pest control measures are necessary and pest proofing and protecting your establishment is so important.

Word of mouth is the cornerstone of any restaurant’s reputation. Today, that includes promotion via social media. The flip side to that are sensationalised reports of pest problems at food establishments. Therefore, your restaurant will only be as successful as its reputation. Effective pest control is necessary to maintain that reputation. In today’s environment, everyone is being careful about where they eat out. Therefore, nothing will kill your reputation as fast as a cockroach in a meal or a rat scurrying about in your business.

Pests that Affect Restaurants

As a restaurant owner, you know that there are several pests that are prone to causing problems. These include:Pest Proofing and Pest Control. Say No to All Pests

  • Rats: will drive away customers and shut down your business
  • Cockroaches: carry and spread disease and are a sign of an unsanitary facility
  • Flies: contaminate food and are an annoyance
  • Termites: do serious structural damage as well as eat furniture
  • Ants: bites and stings are an annoyance plus contamination of food sources

Whether you operate a full service, quick service, fast casual restaurant or another type of food service operation such as those within a hospital/school, your employees, customers and building can be affected by pests. If left untreated, these pests can jeopardize your reputation and can lead to your business being shut down.

Maintaining food safety standards is an important aspect of operating a restaurant. A food establishment provides the ideal environment for pests to thrive. This is food, shelter, and water. It is important that effective pest control and prevention measures are in place.

Pest Prevention: Take a Proactive Approach

The Public Health (Food Handling) Regulations, 1998 requires that “food-handling establishments are free from pests and vermin”. You cannot be issued a licence to operate or you may have your facility closed if it is identified that you have pests. In addition, internationally accepted hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) standards requires a proactive approach in pest control and sanitation. It requires that pre-emptive measures are in place and that you have the necessary programmes to deal with an issue should it arise.

Basic HACCP principles include:

  • Regularly monitoring and inspecting your establishment for all signs of pests and any situation that may increase your risk of infestations
  • Acting immediately to control pests or remove/fix the potential source for a pest infestation
  • Keeping accurate records of any incident and the measures taken to prevent, monitor and control pests

These are also the requirements for our local Public Health Act and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Act.

Pest Proofing and Protection – The Critical Areas

The danger areas in your restaurant for pests include cooking appliances, food storage areas, trash cans, drains and your entrances. Some pro-active restaurant maintenance measures you should take are to:

  • Restrict access to your building as the best way to keep it pest free
  • Inspect your building for cracks and repair as quickly as possible to prevent access
  • Use covered trash receptacles
  • Empty and power-wash your skips and the surrounding area at least on a weekly basis
  • Keep the area free of rubbish
  • Use landscaping options that do not attract pests
  • Keep clean and sanitize
  • Develop a pest control and sanitation program to meet public health and HACCP standards 

Don’t Let Pests Ruin Your Reputation

Restaurant Pest ControlLearn to prevent pests from entering your establishment. There are some protection measures you can undertake on your own. Others, you must get a pest control operator to assist you.
You need a comprehensive program of pest control and protection. RYMO Pest Control offers the right solutions for keeping your restaurant pest free. As certified Integrated Pest Management practitioners, we help restaurants and other businesses maintain their reputations by ensuring the best possible pest management program.

RYMO are Pest Prevention and Protection Experts

With RYMO as your pest control partner, you are sure to:

  • Pass health and safety inspections and avoid expensive closures from public health officials
  • Improve your food and operational management
  • Enhance guest satisfaction through a clean, pest-free environment

You benefit from professional eradication and prevention of infestations. We provide information and educate on pests and pest control and offer an environmentally sound program.

With our targeted pest control services, we:

  • Inspect your property for signs of infestations, the nature of the pests, and identify the risk factors contributing to the problem
  • Implement the necessary pest control and prevention solution based on the type of pest
  • Monitor to ensure complete eradication and protection of your property from re-infestation.

Our solutions include:

  • Targeted bait applications for roaches and rodents
  • Focused termite treatment and barrier protection
  • Eradication options for flies and ants
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programmes that are eco-friendly and food safety compliant
  • Pest proofing and protection advice and resolutions for your unique problems

With RYMO Pest Control, you will enhance your restaurant’s image and protect your brand.

As they say, an ounce of protection is worth more than a pound of cure. Following these recommendations ensures that you are managing risks and not crises. No restaurant wants to reach crises stage.

Contact RYMO Pest Control. We can assist you in developing your IPM program for pest proofing and protecting your business today.

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Certified Pest Control Operators by the Pesticides Control Authority; Directors certified in Integrated Pest Management by the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID- a division of the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce)

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