Ever seen a cockroach scuttle from the kitchen in your favorite restaurant and wonder what to do about it? Unfortunately for restaurant owners, bakeries, catering companies, etc, pest control can be a two edged sword. On one hand trying to keep roaches - especially German roaches at a low level of infestation can cost thousands of dollars a year. Still - an occasional cockroach ruins someone's meal. |
One of the hardest aspects of a professional's and the supervisor's job after satisfactory cockroach management or elimination is achieved is to maintain the necessary level of alertness and intensity in each account so that cockroach infestations do not rebound.
Long-term control of cockroaches requires unrelenting effort. From the start, think of the program as a continuing cycle which requires a constant and high level of vigilance. After satisfactory management has been achieved, rely more on inspection and survey and less on a routine of insecticide treatments.
Important aspects of the cockroach management program should be continued inspections, occasional surveys and necessary insecticide applications to maintain the highest possible degree of cockroach management. Do not fall into a routine of using only certain types of insecticide applications, without doing the inspections and whatever else is necessary to find any and all remaining cockroach harborages. If insecticide applications and other activities in an account become too routine, the cockroaches will adapt to them and avoid the treatments. Keep in mind that a pest management firm is hired to eliminate pests, not to apply pesticides.
How to treat for roaches in a restaurant:
When dealing with roaches, treatments should be limited to cracks, crevices and wall voids as this is where roaches spend most of their time. Using a combination of roach bait, insecticide, and an insect growth regulator will usually be needed.
* Apply roach baits * Apply an insecticide dust * Liquid insecticides combined with insect growth regulators will also offer some control.
The success of the very best pest management firms lies in their ability to be very organized, thorough and consistent about the details and execution of a cockroach management program. The other key to long-term success is to remain vigilant and do all the follow-up work necessary to keep the cockroaches from returning to any significant numbers. Good cockroach management takes considerable knowledge of cockroach behavior and on-the-job experience. It also requires a strong dedication and persistence to demand of yourself the effort and discipline to be very thorough in all aspects of the job. If any aspect of the program is ignored for long, cockroaches especially the German cockroach are so prolific that infestations will develop rapidly, undoing all the work it took to achieve control at the start of the program.
A well managed restaurant pest control program starts with three basic steps:
1. Inspection. This step will lead you to have basic idea of where the pests are harboring, traveling, so that can decide where to concentrate pesticide applications.
* Inspect possible harborages or hiding spots for live pests, feces, cast skins and egg cases. Rodents, roaches and flies usually leave behind some evidence of active infestations. * Inspect trash bins, sinks, floor drains, kitchen equipment, wall voids, electrical outlets, electrical boxes, any hollow tubing on appliance legs and any other crack, crevice or void where a rodent or insect may have taken up residence.
* Place glue boards near suspected infestations. This will help monitor suspected problem areas, and let you what type of pest you have and where to apply treatments. 2. Proper sanitation is one of the key elements in pest control. Trash bins, sinks, floors and kitchen equipment should be cleaned as often as possible, and especially before leaving overnight. Any one of these areas could potentially lead to a pest infestation if left unchecked. 3. Exclusion means keeping the pests out before they become a problem. Make sure there are tight weather seals around doors and windows; caulk any openings leading to wall voids and never leave doors or unscreened windows open. Treating for pests outside may also stop them from invading indoors.
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