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Bed Bugs Pest Control Services

Category : Pest Control

These tiny brown insects feed on humans and animals alike. However, they are much more than annoying little bugs. Much like mosquitoes, there is plenty of concern that bed bugs can transmit diseases as they bite by transferring blood from person to person. These bugs can transmit deadly parasites and can lead to a number of issues if not promptly addressed. Here are some examples of diseases/conditions that can possibly be spread by these pests.

Chagas Disease

Chagas disease causes a number of different conditions, and depending on the severity, the disease can be fatal. It can also damage the heart causing fatal heart disease later in life. Fever and inflammation are common as are enlargement of the liver and spleen. The infected area will also swell. If left untreated, the condition can become chronic and impossible to get rid of. This happens as the bed bug introduced Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite, through their feces. There is evidence that bed bugs can effectively transmit Chagas disease to live mice which leads to the question: Can bed bugs transmit Chagas to humans? Thankfully, there are no documented cases of bed bug related transmission of Chagas to humans as of yet, but experts have projected that it is still too early to completely rule out the possibility of transmission.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions are common when it comes to bed bug bites. While this isn’t a disease, severe allergic reactions can be just as deadly. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rashes, itching and swelling in the bitten area. Severe allergic reactions can lead to fatal anaphylaxis. It is important to speak with your doctor about treatment for any allergic reactions brought on by bed bug bites, and it’s even more important to remove the bed bugs from your home to prevent future problems.

HIV Transmission?

Not yet thankfully. Because bed bugs may bite multiple people or animals over the course of their lifespan, there is always the concern that they will transmit HIV. Bed bugs have tested positive for diseases like hepatitis B, but information is inconclusive about whether or not they can spread the disease to humans. In controlled laboratory settings, there has been no evidence of HIV or Hepatitis B transmission between infected bed bugs. Bed bugs are also known for carrying diseases like MRSA that are unlikely to spread to humans.

The Risk of Disease from Bed Bugs

Whenever bed bugs are found in the home, it is important that they are treated right away. As the colony grows, the potential risk for disease transmission also grows. Diseases can be spread through the saliva that comes in contact with the skin when the bug bites, or through the feces that is left behind. Dealing with the outbreak in a swift manner can reduce your personal risk. Contact a local pest control company today to help you eliminate the bed bug problem in your home and learn preventative techniques you can use in the home.

Removal

At any rate, it’s safe to say bed bugs have no place in our homes. If you suspect bed bug infestation anywhere in your home, contact a qualified bed bug removal company that uses a combination of heat, vacuuming, and light pesticide to kill bed bug harborages. Heat treatment is the single best method for eradicating bed bugs and number one EPA recommended approach to successfully ending bed bug infestations.


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Termite Pest Control

Category : Pest Control

A hybrid colony of Coptotermes termites. A king C. gestroi (nutty-brown abdomen) is shown on the left, and a queen C. formosanus(orange abdomen) on the right. They are surrounded by their hybrid offspring, including eggs, larvae, workers, and soldiers. Photo by Thomas Chouvenc, University of Florida /IFA.

Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas.

Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males mating with Asian females — in fact, they seem to prefer the Asian females more than females from their own species — and their hybrid offspring seem to grow colonies twice as fast as their parents.

Many hybrids are unable to reproduce (the mule, for example, which is the sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse). And many hybrids that actually can reproduce tend to lose vigor after one or more generations, which is why farmers often buy new hybrid seeds each growing season.

But so far that doesn’t seem to be the case for these termite hybrids. In the laboratory, the Florida researchers are raising a hybrid colony that is growing twice as fast as same-species colonies, suggesting a potential case of hybrid vigor.


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Manila Pest Control: Cause of Dengue fever

Category : Pest Control

Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes, principally A. aegypti. The virus has five different types; infection with one type usually gives lifelong immunity to that type, but only short-term immunity to the others. Subsequent infection with a different type increases the risk of severe complications. As there is no commercially available vaccine, prevention is sought by reducing the habitat and the number of mosquitoes and limiting exposure to bites.

Treatment of acute dengue is supportive, using either oral or intravenous rehydration for mild or moderate disease, and intravenous fluids and blood transfusion for more severe cases. The number of cases of dengue fever has increased dramatically since the 1960s, with between 50 and 528 million people infected yearly. Early descriptions of the condition date from 1779, and its viral cause and transmission were understood by the early 20th century. Dengue has become a global problem since the Second World War and is endemic in more than 110 countries. Apart from eliminating the mosquitoes, work is ongoing on a dengue vaccine, as well as medication targeted directly at the virus.

Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, particularly A. aegypti. These mosquitoes usually live between the latitudes of 35° North and 35° South below an elevation of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). They typically bite during the day, particularly in the early morning and in the evening, but they are able to bite and thus spread infection at any time of day all during the year. Other Aedes species that transmit the disease include A. albopictus, A. polynesiensis and A. scutellaris. Humans are the primary host of the virus, but it also circulates in nonhuman primates. An infection can be acquired via a single bite. A female mosquito that takes a blood meal from a person infected with dengue fever, during the initial 2–10 day febrile period, becomes itself infected with the virus in the cells lining its gut. About 8–10 days later, the virus spreads to other tissues including the mosquito’s salivary glands and is subsequently released into its saliva. The virus seems to have no detrimental effect on the mosquito, which remains infected for life. Aedes aegypti is particularly involved, as it prefers to lay its eggs in artificial water containers, to live in close proximity to humans, and to feed on people rather than other vertebrates.
Dengue-fever-720x380Dengue can also be transmitted via infected blood products and through organ donation. In countries such as Singapore, where dengue is endemic, the risk is estimated to be between 1.6 and 6 per 10,000 transfusions. Vertical transmission (from mother to child) during pregnancy or at birth has been reported. Other person-to-person modes of transmission have also been reported, but are very unusual. The genetic variation in dengue viruses is region specific, suggestive that establishment into new territories is relatively infrequent, despite dengue emerging in new regions in recent decades.

 

Mechanism
When a mosquito carrying dengue virus bites a person, the virus enters the skin together with the mosquito’s saliva. It binds to and enters white blood cells, and reproduces inside the cells while they move throughout the body. The white blood cells respond by producing a number of signaling proteins, such as cytokines and interferons, which are responsible for many of the symptoms, such as the fever, the flu-like symptoms and the severe pains. In severe infection, the virus production inside the body is greatly increased, and many more organs (such as the liver and the bone marrow) can be affected. Fluid from the bloodstream leaks through the wall of small blood vessels into body cavities due to capillary permeability. As a result, less blood circulates in the blood vessels, and the blood pressure becomes so low that it cannot supply sufficient blood to vital organs. Furthermore, dysfunction of the bone marrow due to infection of the stromal cells leads to reduced numbers of platelets, which are necessary for effective blood clotting; this increases the risk of bleeding, the other major complication of dengue fever.

Viral replication
Once inside the skin, dengue virus binds to Langerhans cells (a population of dendritic cells in the skin that identifies pathogens). The virus enters the cells through binding between viral proteins and membrane proteins on the Langerhans cell, specifically the C-type lectins called DC-SIGN, mannose receptor and CLEC5A.DC-SIGN, a non-specific receptor for foreign material on dendritic cells, seems to be the main point of entry. The dendritic cell moves to the nearest lymph node. Meanwhile, the virus genome is translated in membrane-bound vesicles on the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum, where the cell’s protein synthesis apparatus produces new viral proteins that replicate the viral RNA and begin to form viral particles. Immature virus particles are transported to the Golgi apparatus, the part of the cell where some of the proteins receive necessary sugar chains (glycoproteins). The now mature new viruses bud on the surface of the infected cell and are released by exocytosis. They are then able to enter other white blood cells, such as monocytes and macrophages.

The initial reaction of infected cells is to produce interferon, a cytokine that raises a number of defenses against viral infection through the innate immune system by augmenting the production of a large group of proteins mediated by the JAK-STAT pathway. Some serotypes of dengue virus appear to have mechanisms to slow down this process. Interferon also activates the adaptive immune system, which leads to the generation of antibodies against the virus as well as T cells that directly attack any cell infected with the virus. Various antibodies are generated; some bind closely to the viral proteins and target them for phagocytosis (ingestion by specialized cells and destruction), but some bind the virus less well and appear instead to deliver the virus into a part of the phagocytes where it is not destroyed but is able to replicate further.


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Pets Tick Pest Control Solutions

Category : Pest Control

Overview:

Most ticks require a blood meal for each developmental stage. They will insert a barbed mouthpart into the skin and “cement” their mouthparts to the surface where they will feed for several days. They can serve as vectors for several disease organisms. The following information will help you reduce tick habitats.

Actual Size: 1/8″

Characteristics:

  • Most ticks have hard bodies with dark colors
  • They have 2 body regions and 8 legs
  • The larva (seed ticks) have only 6 legs
  • The body becomes 3 times normal size when engorged with blood

Biology & Habitats:

  • Larvae and nymphs will feed on small animals up to 2 weeks until they are engorged. At that point, they will drop off the host and molt.
  • The adults will feed on larger animals which include humans.
  • Females will lay up to 6,000 eggs.
  • Ticks are attracted to animal scents and therefore will be located along roads, paths, and trails.
  • Adults will crawl up weedy vegetation, cling to it and wave their legs to grasp onto any passing host.
  • They are most abundant in June and July.
  • The brown dog tick feeds almost exclusively on dogs and can complete its life cycle indoors unlike most other ticks.

How you can modify your environment to reduce tick habitats:

  • Cut grass and trim vegetation regularly.
  • Keep pets within the mowed areas.
  • Keep items away from the property that may attract rodents and wildlife, such as bird feeders, acorns, berries, woodpiles, decks in poor repair, etc.
  • If property is up against a wooded area, create a 1-foot barrier with gravel along the property line to create a ?safe zone?.

Personal Protection:

  • Keep pants legs tucked into shoes, button and tuck in shirts, and wear long sleeves when traveling in wooded areas.
  • Apply DEET according to label instructions.
  • Continue to check children and pets for ticks especially around the neck and head.

Tick Removal:

  • If a tick is attached to skin, it should be removed immediately.
  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull gently.
  • Disinfect bite immediately.
  • The use of nail polish and Vaseline is discouraged so as to prevent infection.

Home Preparation:

    • The dog should be treated by a veterinarian in conjunction with the home, preferably on the same day.

– Products that contain Amatraz are the most effective.

  • Remove all stored items from floors, under beds, and closets to make treatment accessible.
  • Comforters and sheets should be washed and dried (high heat).
  • Steam clean infant rooms. Pesticide will not be applied here.
  • Remove pet food, water dishes; disconnect and cover fish tanks; remove other pets.
  • Wash, dry-clean, or destroy all pet bedding.
  • People and pets should be out of the house for 4 hours after treatment.

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Roaches

Prevent Roaches from Taking Over

Category : Pest Control

Cockroaches – anybody can become a victim of them, and nobody wants them in their home. Cockroaches are unwanted for good reasons- they contaminate food and food prep areas, carry and transmit many human pathogens like bacteria and even parasitic worms, and can trigger asthma attacks in people particularly in very young children. It is very important to protect yourself and your home from becoming victim to disease ridden cockroaches by taking the steps necessary to prevent them from invading in the first place.

Believe it or not cockroaches do have some good qualities; they are very robust and resilient and have survived long past many other creatures; and when found outside they are very beneficial to the environment- they break down and get rid of decaying organic materials.

Now time for their bad qualities; before becoming a pest in your home cockroaches were living in or traveling through sewers, garbage, drains, feces, and animal carcasses. None of those places are the picture of cleanliness, meaning that all the germs and bacteria that are on their bodies and legs will be in your home on counters, in the pantry and kitchen, in bathrooms, in cabinets and drawers, and on utensils.

Knowing how to prevent cockroaches from gaining access to your home is the best way to prevent your home from being taken over by these pests.

  • Keep cockroaches out of your home by making sure that any cracks in your home’s foundation are sealed, caulk gaps found around windows and doors- especially in basement areas, and install door sweeps underneath of exterior doors.
  • Remove garbage from the inside of your home on a regular basis and store it in a sealed container, preferably with a locking lid, outside and away from the exterior of your home until garbage day.
  • Reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Make sure that your home’s gutters are not clogged and are working properly to direct moisture away from the outside of your house. Inside of your home make sure to use dehumidifiers and/or air-conditioners to reduce humidity levels.
  • Keep pet food in plastic sealed containers, pick up and remove any uneaten pet food.
  • Make sure to routinely wash dirty dishes in kitchen and pantry areas, pick up spills and crumbs, and clean behind large appliances. Food should be stored in plastic or glass containers with tight fitting lids or in the refrigerator, not out on counters or on the table.
  • Inspect packages that are sent to your home before bringing them inside. Check items for rips, tears, and signs of cockroaches before purchasing them from the store.

Cockroaches are sneaky pests, and despite your best effort to keep them out, they could still find a tiny break in your defenses. If they have found a way into your home, don’t despair! The pest control experts at Schendel can quickly, safely, and effectively remove an infestation from your home.

Our Premium Care program provides initial interior and exterior services, along with follow- up quarterly visits to provide you with year-round protection against cockroaches and other common household pests. And with our Pest-Zero Guarantee- there is no charge for treatments that are needed between services! With SITA,  you can be confident that cockroaches will be eliminated from your home and that they will be kept out of it for good! For more information about our home pest control services, please contact us today!


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Bats in the Belfry: How to get them out!

Category : Pest Control

Ok, so maybe you don’t have a belfry, but more commonly you may find that bats have snuck into your attic.  If you aren’t that interested in sharing your home with the bats because maybe you don’t like the idea of bats defecating in your home, soiling and tearing up insulation or bringing in parasites like mites, fleas and ticks… then read on!

First, we like to start by saying that solving a bat problem is no easy task.  Truthfully, doing it yourself, while possible, is not highly recommended. Trained experts are better equipped with the knowledge and tools to safely and humanely remove the bats, which is done through a process called exclusion.  The exclusion process means that bats will not be harmed in the process.

Exclusion techniques include:

  • INSPECTION: Identifying wildlife travel routes. You will want to understand where and how they are getting in and assess the damage.
  • SEALING:  Bats have several entry points, so it is important to seal all possible active entry/exit points around entire roofline from gutter to peak of roof, including dormers, ridge vents, louver vents, flashing, rake boards and large openings.  By sealing off all the tiny cracks ahead of the exclusion will prevent them from getting back in.
  • EXCLUSION: Installing one-way doors at suspected exit points, which will be removed once animals are no longer present.  This is easier said than done.  Expert installation is required to allow bats to fly out but not fly back in.  Once bats are 100% gone the remaining holes should be sealed up.
  • CLEAN UP:  Now the messy part… because bat droppings and urine can cause damage like mold, corrosion and other issues, the contaminated area should be cleaned.  This can involving vacuuming, insulation replacement and more.  Of course, biohazard suits and protective gear will be required to protect yourself.

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Green Is the New Clean: Eco-Friendly Pest Control

Category : Pest Control

Have you ever been swarmed by a rodent infestation, or been plagued by a horde of the creepy crawlies? Have you avoided calling a pest control company because you believed they were going to spray their nasty chemicals all over the place and make everything a toxic wasteland?  Well, think again.
SITA Pest Control Services understands the importance of both their mission of protecting you from pests, as well as their responsibility to be as environmentally conscientious as possible. At SITA Pest Control Services, we practice IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, as well as Eco-Friendly pest control measures.

There are six basic components to IPM:

  1. Monitoring: Regular site inspections, will allow professionals to determine the nature and the level of the infestation so treatments can be more accurate.
  2. Record-Keeping: This is essential.  It allows professionals to recognize trends and changes in pest pressure. Therefore, they should keep detailed records of activity for each location.
  3. Action Levels:  Pests are rarely eliminated.  It’s vital to understand the level of each pest, to manage pest pressures effectively.
  4. Prevention:  Prevention incorporates the existing structure(s), like patching holes in screens or walls, which is called exclusion. Exclusion is just as important as keeping places clean and free of the things pest look for, like food, water, and harborage (shelter). Prevention should be the primary means of pest control in a good IPM program.
  5. Tactics:  Under IPM, chemicals should only be applied as an absolute last resort, and even then the least toxic options are preferred. Furthermore, a carefully targeted application should be made to minimize the use of material and increase the effectiveness of the application.
  6. Evaluation:  A regular evaluation program ensures the success of the pest management program.

An Eco-Friendly approach is even more encompassing.  It is the kind of approach that helps ensure there is minimal impact on the rest of the ecosystem.

Being Eco-Friendly means:

    1. Insecticidal Soaps:  These soaps utilize the salts and fatty acids within them to target many soft-bodied pests, such as aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs, and earwigs. The soaps penetrate the soft outer shell of these and other pests, causing damage to the cell membranes.
    2. Insecticidal Oils:  These oils work by suffocating the pest. The oil coats them with a petroleum-based, horticultural grade liquid, cutting off their oxygen supply. It is primarily used to kill the eggs and immature stages of insects.
    3. Diatomaceous earth:  DE is the fossilized shells of algae. Even though these fossils are microscopic, they have sharp edges and protrusions that damage the internals of pests.  The best part of diatomaceous earth is that it is not a poison at all, but controls pests due to its abrasive nature.

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Get Rid of Bed Bugs: What you need to know

Category : Pest Control

Hopefully, you have never had to deal with a bed bug infestation in your home or business. While bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, like mosquitoes and rodents – the mental anguish, stress, and frustration in dealing with the difficult to eradicate bed bug, can create a tremendous emotional and physical toll. Not only are bed bugs difficult to spot, and can very easily be transported undetected; they are also very hardy and can survive extreme temperature ranges. Which is why,  if you do think you are dealing with a bed bug infestation, it is best to leave it to the professionals.

A professional is trained to inspect for bed bug activity, and they have access to specialized equipment, such as bed bug sniffing dogs and heat treatment equipment.  Furthermore, they have the training and expertise to manage even the most difficult infestation.  In truth, however, complete elimination of an infestation could take several weeks to accomplish, even in the hands of the pros.

Here is what you need to know about getting rid of bed bugs:

    • Hiding spots

      Bed bugs can be very elusive and smart.  They will adjust their feeding patterns to match your personal routine or sleep habits.  Plus, they like to hide in cracks and crevices such as in mattress seams, bed frames, nightstands, shades, baseboards, sofas, clothing, luggage, backpacks, and virtually anywhere people live and congregate and rest for periods of time.  Bed bugs prefer human hosts, regardless of social status or cleanliness.  They are often found wherever people frequently converge, such as apartments, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, public transportation, movie theaters or any other public venue.

  • Clutter

    While cleanliness will not make you immune to a bed bug infestation, clutter can provide a lot more hiding places for bed bugs; which then can make it harder to treat.  Therefore, cleaning up the clutter is suggested as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. However, it is a myth that you need to throw away belongings that are infested.  Most items can be cleaned and treated. Frankly, throwing stuff out can be expensive and may even spread the bed bugs elsewhere.

  • Heat

    One safe and very effective treatment option is Thermal Remediation® or Heat Treatment.  As mentioned earlier, bed bugs can withstand extreme temperatures.  However,  at 120º-140º F, it is lethal for all life-cycles of bed bugs. While this might sound like a do-it-yourself project, professionals have the proper training and equipment, such as heaters, fans, and heat monitoring systems to ensure all hiding places are properly and safely brought up to temperature.  While heat treatment is very low-risk and effective, often times it is recommended that a follow-up chemical treatment plan is used in conjunction with heat, to ensure any hiding bed bugs are eliminated.


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Save Your Home From Termites by Recognizing Three Important Indicators

Category : Pest Control

An untreated termite infestation can threaten the stability of your home. Unfortunately, termites often live and thrive in a house for months or even years before they’re discovered. Luckily, learning how to recognize certain indicators can help you spot an invasion before the termites can eat their way through your walls
Termite Droppings
Like most pests that invade our homes, termites leave behind droppings. However, if you’ve never come into contact with the insects before you can easily overlook this inconspicuous sign. Termite droppings, also known as frass, resemble wood shavings and are often spotted near window sills or in less frequented areas, such as crawl spaces or basements. If you believe your home is infested, and you’re searching for evidence, pay close attention to the nooks and crannies around your house. If you do spot termite droppings call your pest control company, immediately.
Hollow Wood
Due to a termite’s attraction to dark and humid areas, the bug generally does not feed on the surface of wood. Unfortunately, this makes detecting their presence a complicated process. If you suspect your home has a termite problem, knocking on your walls and hearing a hollow sound can alert you to an infestation. However, clearer evidence can occur when termites create galleries that run closer to the surface. The damage will cause cracks to appear in the wood. If you find unusual fissures on your walls, floors or ceiling don’t ignore them; otherwise the issue will only get worse.
Termite Wings
Termite swarmers are not a common occurrence, but when they are seen, it usually indicates a nest is close by. Flying termites are fertile males and females searching for a mate. While their presence outside of your home doesn’t necessarily signify an infestation, it does warrant an inspection. On the other hand, if you see them inside or you spot discarded termite wings on the floor of your house the likelihood of a nest in your home is extremely high.
If you’ve discovered one or more of these indicators in your home, please contact us today to schedule a termite inspection.


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Everything You Need to Know About Restaurant Pest Control

Category : Pest Control

Where there’s food, there are pests — it’s an unfortunate truth all restaurant owners face. The abundance of snacking opportunities, ideal moisture and temperature conditions, and sites perfect for harboring critters, creates plenty of potential for unwanted dinner guests.

Whether it’s flies in your dining room or rodents in dry storage, unwanted pests will be a bust for any business. A significant pest problem will even prevent you from complying with the necessary health department regulations to keep your restaurant open to the public.

Fortunately, most of these problems can be avoided with a few security measures and proper pest control.

(Not a restaurant owner? We have plenty of tips to keep pests out of your home pantry, too.)

Common Problem Areas and How to Protect Them

The main pest concerns in any restaurant are cockroaches, stored product pests (like beetles, weevils and moths), flies, and rodents. Once you identify the main problem areas in your restaurant, it’s easier to develop a strategy for managing pest infestations.

Outdoor Dumpster Areas

These places are an open invitation to pests if waste disposal isn’t handled properly. And once they’re in your garbage, it’s only a matter of time before they follow the food trail to get inside the kitchen — especially if you leave the door open for them to fly or crawl through.

To protect the dumpster area:

  • Make sure all bags are sealed before being thrown away
  • Firmly close dumpster lids when they aren’t in use
  • Clean additional food debris from the area

 

Drains and Cleaning Supply Storage Areas

Places that collect moisture, such as sink and floor drains and cleaning stations, are the perfect breeding ground for flies. Flies feed on any food left in these spaces, and where they feed, they will breed. Before you know it, you’re restaurant will be taken over by flying pests.

To protect drains and supply spaces:

  • Dry cleaning equipment before putting it away
  • Keep drains clear and free of organic matter
  • Store mops and hoses away from food preparation areas

 

Food Storage Areas

Open food containers attract cockroaches and ants, so proper food storage is a must. Your dry storage facilities and main kitchen space are at high risk for insects looking for a tasty treat. Cracks, crevices, and hollow areas in equipment legs are all typical havens for roaches, ants and mice.

To protect food storage and your kitchen:

  • Keep dry storage areas clean and tidy
  • Follow proper food rotation procedures (“first in, first out”)
  • Seal obvious cracks or voids, and try to block hollow areas from cockroaches or rodents

 

How to Treat an Infestation 

Some unwanted guests, like rodents and cockroaches, leave behind obvious clues of their presence, while others, like moths and beetles, are more stealthy. For stealthy pests, a few well-placed glue boards should do the trick. If pests have found their way into your restaurant, you have a few ways to send them packing.

Baits and liquid treatments can be a good temporary fix, but the full spectrum of drain management, as well as termite control, from a pest professional will provide a long-lasting treatment.

Keep in mind that steam, heat, moisture, and grease — all of which are found in a restaurant— can reduce the effectiveness of many products used to control pests. So proper application and continued follow-up is a must.

Hopefully the tips outlined here will help you avoid any major problems, but if a large infestation should occur or if you want advice on how to better prevent pests in your restaurant, remember to call a pest professional at Arrow for a thorough inspection.