Negative Impact Cockroaches Have On Restaurants
October 16, 2017
It doesn’t take long for a few single cockroach sightings to destroy the good reputation of a local restaurant. Word can spread quickly since the internet has made it so easy for people to voice their opinions and criticisms. That one sighting can spread like wildfire and damage a restaurant's bottom line and good standing in a neighborhood.
Your reputation is not the only reason to avoid an infestation, as there are many health risks connected to the many varieties of cockroaches. Although there are thousands of species around the world, there are three species that are most common in Pennsylvania, they include the German cockroach, Oriental cockroach, and American cockroach.
The German cockroach will enter restaurants usually by hitching a ride in or on boxes, the Oriental roach enters from public sewer systems and the American roach will usually stay outdoors in areas with high temperatures and gather near hot pipes, sometimes leading them into your facility through gaps and cracks around those pipes.
All of these cockroaches are dangerous to the health of humans. Roaches pick up diseases on their bodies from sewers, garbage, and other decaying matter. They will then walk through kitchens and other food prep surfaces, spreading these areas with germs and bacteria. This cross-contamination is common and can happen anywhere. The contamination will happen sight unseen, and mostly at night because cockroaches are nocturnal. Diseases like dysentery, cholera, leprosy, typhoid fever, and salmonella are just a few health problems that can occur. They also can carry parasitic worm larvae on their bodies that can be left on counters or in food sources.Asthma and allergies are also a concern, especially for the very young and the elderly. Asthma and allergies can be triggered when roach feces and saliva particles make contact with the skin or when they are breathed in. Reactions could include skin rashes, coughing, wheezing, and even shortness of breath.
Prevention is the best course of action, to keep these diseases and allergens out of your restaurant in the first place. Keep all food stored in airtight containers, especially high-risk foods like dry grains, flour, and cereal. Roaches have been known to chew through paper or cardboard to reach the food they desire. Check under refrigerators, faucets, and drains for leaks or pools of water that will attract the roaches in their need for survival. Fill in all cracks and crevices around outside walls, windows and light fixtures that might be an entry point for the roaches.
Of course, for optimal prevention, you should call a professional pest control company, like Moyer Pest Control located in Telford, PA. We are trained to locate and treat problem areas starting with a thorough inspection. Taking the steps now to prevent an infestation is a good investment for any thriving restaurant. With a call to Moyer Pest Control, the good reputation of your restaurant will remain intact and those happy customers will return time and time again.