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Ready For The Cockroach Infestation Spike?

October 17, 2016

cockroach in a commercial kitchen sink

This is a very important question to answer, but first, you need to understand a little bit about this elusive and dangerous insect.
One of the biggest threats that commercial kitchens face is an infestation of pests and one of the most dreaded is the cockroach. These tiny little insects not only contaminate food, but they also spread pathogens that can make people sick, sometimes very sick. Besides this, roaches are also extremely elusive and typically only come out into the open when all is dark and quiet. Because of this, it can take some time to realize that you have an infestation at all.

Typically, the first sign of a cockroach presence is their droppings, but this is not as easy of a sign as you would think since their droppings resemble those of the mouse. However, it won’t be long before you figure out that roaches are the real culprit behind that mess.

Why exactly are cockroaches so dangerous? Well, that’s an easy question to answer. Roaches are not known to inhabit sanitary places, In fact, they prefer places that are warm, moist, and that have decaying organic matter galore. This is why they can be found in dumps, drain pipes, sewers, basements, sub pumps, etc. Once they crawl through these places and find their way inside your commercial facility, they head straight to the kitchen in search of food sources; and let’s face it - there are plenty of those in a commercial kitchen. All of those viruses, bacteria, and other harmful pathogens that they were wading through earlier are now being dragged across your kitchen counters, through your silverware holders, through your neatly stacked piles of dinner plates, and into your coffee mugs and water glasses. There is no place that is off limits to these little presumptuous pests. As they travel, those germs that are stuck to their tiny legs and the underside of their bodies then have the opportunity to attach themselves to these items in your kitchen, and before you know it, you have reports coming in of customer’s becoming ill from what they refer to as ‘food poisoning’. Not exactly the P.R. boost you were looking for, but it surely does seem to make all the headlines – and in a hurry!

So is there really a spike in cockroach populations or is this just an illusion, or do they really increase their attack in October and November? It’s really quite simple. Cockroaches love heat. They are most comfortable and most active when the temperatures are warm and there is plenty of humidity. During the fall months when winter fast approaches, the temperatures drop and so do the humidity levels. This signals these roaches to search for harborage where their three most important needs can be met; food, moisture, and heat. Your commercial kitchen meets their requirements and is, in fact, a virtual “Taj Mahal”! Roaches are pampered in your commercial facility with the high moisture levels and the endless supply of crumbs from which to feast and warmth! Why would they ever choose to leave?

Well, the sad truth is that they wouldn’t. They will not only spend the winter in comfort, but they will choose that over returning to the wild next spring to face the predators that threaten to swoop down on them and the endless scrounging for a food source. No, cockroaches will never go willingly which is why you should turn to a professional pest control expert when they rear their ugly little heads in your commercial facility.

If you live in Pennsylvania, your choice in pest control is simple – Moyer Pest Control. We have more than 140 years of pest control experience here in Pennsylvania, and we match that with the latest technologies, materials, and protocols to ensure that any pest issues, including cockroach infestations, are quickly and discreetly eliminated. Our commercial cockroach specialists are knowledgeable and know the specific requirements for pests and pest control in the commercial food industry. We will make sure that all of the protocols and forms are in place to help you avoid an audit or to pass one (well the unwanted pest part anyway) if it occurs. There is nothing more nerve racking than a visit from the health department. We can eliminate that stress with year-round pest protection and the required documentation that meets or exceeds your industry standards.

Don’t wait until you receive bad press from a roach infestation, or any other infestation for that matter when your pest protection is only a call away. Moyer Pest Control, the name that thousands of your friends, neighbors, and colleagues trust for their Pennsylvania commercial pest control needs.

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