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Did you spot a cockroach inside a restaurant? While it may be very shocking to see for yourself, cockroaches are unfortunately very common in restaurants. These pests are attracted to any place that offers food and shelter, regardless of how good the food is or how clean the restaurant may be. Cockroaches are highly mobile and adaptable creatures that are very difficult to get rid of. If you suspect a cockroach infestation in your home or place of work, reach out to Cockroach Control Toronto now.
Cockroaches are some of the most common pests in the world. These creatures are omnivorous scavengers that move from place to place in search of warmth and moisture. The German cockroach is the most common species found in restaurants because it is particularly attracted to kitchens. This bug measures between 12 and 16mm in length, is shiny and brown in colour, and has two horizontal black stripes on its back. The German cockroach is nocturnal, so it hides during the day in all the dark nooks and crannies of the kitchen. The gaps within and between cabinets, appliances, and sinks are common hiding spots.
Restaurants get cockroaches for a variety of reasons. First of all, many restaurants are in densely populated areas where it is easy for the bugs to move around. Cockroaches can travel very easily from one building to the next by crawling through adjacent walls and plumbing. Produce deliveries also risk bringing pests with them as cockroaches like to hide in boxes. Customers and staff risk bringing cockroaches with them in their bags, as well. Restaurants can also get cockroaches simply by leaving the door open. Once they have made their way inside, cockroaches will very quickly make themselves at home and reproduce.
While cockroaches are not uncommon, there are some things restaurants can do to reduce their risk of getting them. Restaurants should primarily adopt rigorous cleaning and maintenance procedures. Food should be stored securely in tightly sealed containers and no waste should be left out. There should be no clutter anywhere in the kitchen or storeroom. Kitchen counters and appliances can also be lifted a couple inches off the floor to facilitate cleaning. Cracks and leakages should be sealed appropriately to restrict entry points. Door sweeps can also be installed to help stop any cockroaches from crawling in. Finally, all staff members should be trained on the signs of cockroach infestations in the restaurant and be encouraged to inform management of any sightings.
The best way to manage cockroaches is to hire a pest control company. A professional technician will be able to identify hiding spots, structural flaws, and entry points. Only a certified technician will have the pesticides required to eliminate the cockroaches and prevent an infestation from reoccurring. Over-the-counter pesticides cannot reach and eliminate the cockroaches as effectively. The Exterminators Inc.’s ongoing maintenance programs offer regular inspection and treatment services that are safe for restaurants and their customers. Call The Exterminators Inc. to get started.