Rat problem can be anywhere; it could be in your home or in your business premises such as restaurant business.
Kitchen plays an important role in food & beverage business. The kitchen is command central of any restaurant in regard of delivering quality and tasty food, as well as ensuring the food is safe to be consumed by customers.
A spot with busy traffic and large volume of activities dealing with raw food ingredients and preparation, what happens if the kitchen and the restaurant possess with severe rat problem!
With diners patronizing the restaurant daily at every hour, the impact of food poisoning caused among these customers could be detrimental, not only to the image but potential repeat business in the future.
There are various ways in controlling rat entries, presence and infestation. The key of rat control methods has to start with 1st line of defense: Setting up rat traps which are strategically placed locations and corners.
Follow these 5 ways to help keeps rats out of your restaurant.
1. Detecting the presence of rat
Holes and burrows are two signs of rat infestation. Check the outside and inside in your restaurant, especially when the kitchen located on the ground floor and only separated by a wall from outside the area.
If there is a suspicious hole, the hole can be a rodent burro whole. Immediately fix and close the hole to prevent rat entry of nesting. Rat droppings, unpleasant odors can also be a sign of the presence, in addition consider whether there are footprints and traces of fat rats (smear).
2. Manage your garbage properly
Do not leave trash scattered in the area of your restaurant. Always ensure that your trash bins are properly closed, also if necessary clean it regularly. Create a schedule for garbage disposal, do not let garbage pile up in your restaurant for too long.
3. Clean your restaurant kitchen
Your kitchen has to be spotless. Clean the floor regularly, both in the kitchen and dining room visitors. But do not forget to clean the equipment after cooking and discard leftovers. Keep leftovers out of rat reach.
4. Close the entrance
Rat loopholes contained in the cavity under the door, especially the access for loading raw material of food, cable entry slits on the wall, window cutouts, or pipe slits.
Rats not only persistent in finding a way to enter your kitchen, yet rats are agile pest which can pass through a 1 cm hole armed with a flexible spine, so do not wait too long to check and close potential loopholes contained in your restaurant or hotel area.
5. Clean up your kitchen stuff
Arrange your stuff, especially in your kitchen. The clutter conditions usually can found in the warehouse used to store raw materials of food or beverage cans, such conditions can attract rats breeding.
Minimize the hiding space for rats by not stacking goods attached to the walls – thus making it easier to monitor their movements.
Professional rat control for restaurants
Preventing rat infestation in a restaurant is difficult in many cases. Contact the experts at Rentokil today to get rid of rats with professional services using safe, targeted treatments to offer a long term solution to problems in your restaurant.