What Every Frisco Restaurant Owner Should Know About German Cockroaches
February 2, 2020
At first, everything is going smoothly. The kitchen staff is working brilliantly. The servers are cheerful and efficient. And the cuisine looks wonderful and tastes divine. But then it happens. A cockroach darts out from beneath a customer's table and races up the wall at full speed. Several people see it. One woman shrieks.
Nothing can ruin a restaurant's reputation faster than a cockroach infestation. The most common type of cockroaches to invade Frisco restaurants are German cockroaches. These roaches multiply quickly, grow to be around 5/8th of an inch in length, and are tan or light brown in color. Like most roaches, German roaches prefer dark, warm, humid areas that are close to food sources.
Why Are Roaches Attracted To Restaurants?
Restaurants have everything a little cockroach's heart desires. First, there is the food, oh so much food! If it isn't something dropped on the kitchen floor, it is something stuck to the sides of a stove or sink, or perhaps food left in an open trash can. The second thing is water. Restaurants provide a constant flow of water. Third, there is shelter. Roaches love to get into tight spaces, and restaurant kitchens usually provide plenty of these. Finally, cockroaches love warm, moist air. A restaurant kitchen is like paradise to a cockroach!
The Dangers Of A Cockroach Infestation
The obvious danger of having cockroaches in a restaurant is the bad publicity they can bring, especially in today's world of instant online review sites. But even if they stay hidden and only come out at night when the coast is clear, cockroaches can still cause many problems in restaurants. Here are just some of the issues that come with a German cockroach infestation:
- German roaches spread sickness. When roaches crawl through unsanitary areas (and they do this a lot) they pick up bacteria that they can then transfer to food-prep areas. They also spread pathogens by leaving their droppings everywhere they go. A few of the conditions roaches are known to spread are food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, Salmonella, and E. coli. Furthermore, their dried exoskeletons and feces can irritate asthma symptoms.
- German roaches reduce employee morale. If there are roaches in the building that are not being dealt with, the likelihood of employees looking for other work increases. Also, if employees are getting sick because of bacteria being deposited by roaches, managers will be dealing with increased scheduling problems.
- German roaches scare away customers. As mentioned, word spreads fast in today's world of instant reviews.
- German roaches can cause failed inspections. Nothing can close down a restaurant faster than a roach infestation that is not quickly and effectively dealt with.
German Cockroach Prevention Tips
If you have not yet been invaded by cockroaches, and you'd like to keep things that way, here are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of cockroaches targeting your establishment.
- Seal up all gaps and cracks. Inspect the outside of your building and fill in any holes you find, using wire mesh, a caulking gun, mortar or some other material.
- Make sure all screens are intact and in good working order.
- Don't leave back doors propped open for pests to get in.
- Clean spills as quickly as possible.
- Keep the kitchen and other areas clean, paying close attention to areas that tend to get neglected, areas such as behind, next to, or beneath stoves, sinks, and other appliances.
How Adams Can Help
If you need help getting rid of a German cockroach infestation (or any other pest) reach out to the pest experts here at Adams Exterminating Company. We have the tools, the know-how, and the experience to get rid of roaches completely and to make them stay gone.