If you’re the owner of a restaurant, the last thing you want to see or hear is a rodent running around the place. Despite what the Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille may want you to believe, rodents cannot help you cook or serve your food. What they can do is cause a health hazard, not to mention health code violations, simply by being in the kitchen.
Any reputable restaurant will take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of their guests. This is why you must be aware of the different types of rodent protection available.
Keeping the restaurant clean
A restaurant is always producing trash. It’s the nature of the beast. That’s why rodents are always clamoring to get inside. If you want to keep these creatures out of your establishment, the first thing you’ll want to do is eliminate any waste that might be lying around. Also be sure to take out the trash on a regular basis, as odors emanating from food that has been thrown away will quickly attract hungry rodents. Also be sure to clean up any spills right away.
The use of poisons
If rodents get inside your restaurant, your first inclination may be to reach for some kind of poison. There aren’t really any sprays that have been proven effective in the past, but if you want to go this route, you can attempt to use a powdered rat poison. Spread it around your problem areas and, with any luck, you may discover a dead rodent or two.
The use of traps
A popular form of rodent protection is the use of traps. These typically fall into two categories — humane and … well, not so humane. First, we’ll look at the ones that aren’t humane. Due to the nature of the beast that is the restaurant business, standard traps that bait a rodent into a spring-loaded death are often the best choice. The drawback is that you must take the time to refill the trap every few days. If this doesn’t excite you, a more humane trap might be your style. These traps will also bait the rodent, but instead of killing, their job is to capture the rodents. Unfortunately, you’ll need to figure out how to dispose of the carcasses.
The use of professional pest control services
If all else fails, don’t hesitate to call an expert. There’s no shame in hiring a pest control company for rodent protection. An exterminator will visit your facility, get a lay of the land, and evaluate your rodent protection needs. Once everything has been discussed, the exterminator will get to work immediately so that the rodent problem in your restaurant is taken care of in a timely manner.
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