It's every restaurant manager or owner's worst nightmare: a German cockroach infestation. If German cockroaches manage to get a foothold in a restaurant, they are notoriously difficult to eradicate. That's why if you see even one cockroach, you should be prepared for an infestation.
Have you spotted a German cockroach in your restaurant? Taking the following six actions should help you to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.
1. Do an Overnight Blitz
Cockroaches come out at night. This means that you need to be ready when they come out. But don't think you can eradicate them in one go. Your target should be to discover where they are hiding and nesting. Cockroaches like to hide in crevices and cracks where they can have their backs up against something.
Pull everything out, and find out where they are nesting and breeding.
2. Repair All Cracks and Holes
No matter how small a crack or hole is, fill it in with grout. Cockroaches can squeeze into tiny spaces. And even if a crack or crevice looks small from the outside, it may be much bigger on the inside. Seal all areas that might be providing cockroaches with access to your restaurant.
3. Clear the Clutter
If your kitchen is full of clutter, such as cardboard boxes, which cockroaches love to nest in, you'll have to clear it all out. Not only will this help you to uncover the cockroaches hiding places, but it will also remove nesting sites.
4. Examine Appliances
Unfortunately, cockroaches like to nest in kitchen appliances like ovens, microwaves and refrigerators. So, you'll have to examine each and every appliance in your kitchen. If you see evidence of cockroaches in an appliance, such as tiny pepper-like droppings scattered around, quarantine the appliance as best you can.
5. Sanitize Every Surface
Although this won't eradicate your infestation, it will deprive cockroaches of food, slowing down their breeding for the time being. But you still need to get rid of them.
6. Hire a Commercial Pest Control Service
German cockroaches are difficult to get rid of because one female can lay up to 40 eggs in one go. If you have multiple females, you could soon have a serious infestation problem. The fastest and surest way to eradicate your German cockroach problem is to hire a commercial pest control service.
Only with the long-term assistance of a pest control company can you ensure that cockroaches don't bring your restaurant's reputation down.
To learn more, contact a commercial pest control company.