The best way to keep pests out of your commercial kitchen is to take measures that keep them from entering in the first place. Establishing a comprehensive, continual pest control program goes a long way towards keeping your business pest-free and in compliance. In the event that you or your staff do identify a pest problem, addressing it immediately and working with a professional pest control provider to become more proactive to avoid recurrence is vital.
To mitigate the risk of a potentially damaging pest problem in your commercial kitchen, try these preventive measures:
- Isolate trash and other waste. One of the easiest ways to keep pests out of your kitchen is to properly manage your garbage. Always isolate garbage from food storage and preparation areas, and properly dispose of it in an exterior dumpster that is a least 10 feet from the premises.
- Focus on sanitation. If you have a messy kitchen, you’re attracting pests. Spilled food and liquids that aren’t promptly cleaned are easy food sources for many pests. Ensure all drains are clear of organic waste and build-up as well as mopping floors and wiping down counters regularly.
- Get your facility on a regular treatment schedule. When it comes to the public and foodservice, having your facility on a regular program cycle is a necessity and allows you to be proactive rather than reactive. Treatment of a major pest problem is more damaging to your bottom line versus an ongoing protection plan.
- Practice integrated pest management. Adopt an environmentally sensitive approach to pest management with a program built on a combination of common-sense practices. Integrated pest management (IPM) helps businesses and facilities solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment, and focuses on long-term pest prevention by creating an environment that is unfavorable for the pest.
JP Pest Services is dedicated to solving commercial pest problems. Our service professionals understand the specific regulations and requirements of the numerous different types of commercial industries we provide service for. We offer free staff training for anyone looking to give their employees the resources and knowledge needed to help not only lessen the effects of pest issues, but also to prevent them all together. Request your free consultation today for a thorough examination of your business location and a pest control program tailored to your specific needs.