In the food and beverage industry, getting rid of pests like rodents, rats and mice is of critical importance. It can make or break your business. When customers find a rodent in your premises, regardless if it’s dead or alive, it can be disastrous for your F&B business’s reputation. The appearance of rats problem can be a reflection of a restaurant’s poor hygiene practises and food safety. Under these premises, here are tips on rodent control for a f&b outlet.
Thorough cleaning doesn’t only mean sweeping and mopping the floor regularly. It includes taking time to cart off the smallest crumbs and scrapings of food as well as spills from your floors and counters, which are basically food sources that attract rodents and cockroaches. It is simple logic. If pests cannot find any unattended and unkept food, then they will not go or stay in your restaurant.
The best place for rodents to find leftover food is in the garbage. Thus, it is important that your garbage should be properly sealed. This can be achieved by securing all trash containers and dumpster covers. Piling of garbage should also be avoided by ensuring that trash cans are emptied regularly. Under an integrated pest management program, your pest control company will ensure that this is highlighted during each pest control service.
The storage for your food supplies and other ingredients should be kept secured. Food storage and cabinets should be effectively sealed to keep away rodents from entering., thus reducing any pest issue that you might have. Moreover spills including water in these areas should be kept dry every day.
Prevent items from piling up which potentially become harbourage areas for rodents and pests. Remove unnecessary items from your storage to prevent overcrowding and maintain tidiness. Clutter in your place, which is more than you can handle become potential nesting and breeding grounds for pests. To have an effective rodent control in place, ensure that this is done.
Rodents can enter your restaurant through small cracks and holes. Thus, it is important for you to ensure that any gaps or fissures in your wall and pipes to be immediately repaired to prevent rodents from entering your place. This prevents any pest problem.
Rodent control in Singapore is important. The National Environment Agency ( NEA ) conduct random check in the food industry to maintain the high hygiene standards in Singapore. Any pest infestation found can lead to demerit points, fines or even suspension. Following the tips mentioned above can help you attain the hygiene standards and comply with the pertinent policies that you should maintain and follow to be successful in the foodservice industry. Learn more about the different treatment methods in our rodent control page.
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