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New Castle Restaurant Owner's Handbook To Cockroach Prevention

February 24, 2020

 

When it comes to cockroach prevention, restaurants in New Castle have their work cut out for them. Roaches love restaurants, and they are uniquely equipped to get in. As you're probably aware, cockroaches can scale walls and run across ceilings at full speed. This gives them quick and easy access to entry points you don't even know you have. A cockroach also has the ability to compress its exoskeleton. This allows it to squeeze into thin cracks. To make matters worse, they are inclined to get into tight spaces. Cockroaches are thigmotactic. They prefer to be squished into tight spaces because it makes them feel safe. All of this works against you when you're trying to keep cockroaches from infesting your business and ruining your reputation. Here's what you need to know about cockroach prevention in New Castle.

Exclusion

It is important to let cockroaches know your closed for business before your business is closed to everyone. If you own the structure your business is in, use the following tips to keep cockroaches out.

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  • Inspect for cracks in your foundation wall.

  • Inspect around pipes and wire conduits.

  • Check doors and window frames.

  • Fill in all cracks and gaps you find.

  • Repair window screens.

  • Repair or replace damaged weatherstripping or door sweeps.

  • Fill in holes created by wood-damaging pests.

Prevent Hitchhikers

Keep in mind that cockroaches may get into your restaurant by hitching a ride. Be sure to check incoming supplies carefully. Roaches aren't just a plague for restaurants; they're frustrating pests for businesses that grow, store, and transport food as well. If you ever find cockroaches in a shipment, take note of where the shipment came from. It might be a good idea to change vendors.

Moisture Control

Cockroaches are drawn to damp, shaded areas. If you have conditions around your business that promote cockroach activity, it will increase your chances of an infestation. If you own the structure your business is in, use these tips to reduce moisture, and the pests that love moisture.

  • Fix damaged gutters and downspouts.

  • Clear obstructed spots in your gutter system.

  • Fix plumbing leaks.

  • Move objects away from your exterior.

  • Rake leaves and debris away from your exterior.

  • Water landscaping in the morning so the sun has time to dry the topsoil.

Exterior Food Sources

Your trash receptacles or dumpster will be a target for cockroaches. Make sure that trash is routinely removed from the property and that receptacles and dumpsters are routinely cleaned.

Interior Food Sources

  • Keep surfaces and floors clean. Cockroaches can get a drink, or a bite to eat, from spills. Clean spills quickly to reduce food options.

  • Do routine deep cleaning. Since cockroaches are drawn to tight spaces, they'll get into hard-to-clean areas of your kitchen. It is vital to deep clean hidden areas. It is a pain, but it is essential if you want to resist cockroaches.

  • Keep drains cleaned and protected. This is a prime breeding spot for cockroaches.

  • Remove trash daily.

  • Refrain from storing anything in cardboard boxes. Paper absorbs the pheromone scent that cockroaches leave. This can be a strong attractant and quickly increase your problem. It is best to store items in plastic bins if you're able.

Commercial Pest Control

No restaurant should be without a commercial pest control plan. If you don't have a plan in place, or the plan you have isn't giving you the results you're looking for, reach out to Moyer Pest Control.

  • We provide the highest level of commercial pest control for businesses in New Castle.

  • Our service team uses Integrated Pest Management to provide eco-friendly and long-lasting pest control solutions.

  • We provide comprehensive reporting and centralized online scheduling.

  • We offer competitive pricing.

  • We leverage more than 140 years of experience.

Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to assisting you with this vital protection for your New Castle business.

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