How to Keep Pests from Turning Your Five-Star Restaurant into a No-Star Restaurant
By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | May 19, 2010
As a hotelier, you are constantly trying to differentiate your hotel brand. Whether it's upgrading mattresses in guestrooms or extending check out past noon, hotels are always seeking new ways to stand out from the competition. Many hotels entice tourists and business travelers by offering on-site fine dining at four- or five-star restaurants; however, this strategy attracts unwanted "visitors" as well - pests.
Just like humans, pests need food and water sources to survive, and what better place to find a nice meal than in a hotel kitchen. In addition to entering hotel kitchens through open doors or cracks in the exterior of the building, pests can enter by hitchhiking in on employees' belongings and hiding in shipments. Pest management in the kitchen is vital, as it can serve as the gateway to infestations elsewhere in the hotel. Once inside, pests can proceed to other parts of the hotel by hiding in guests' or employees' belongings or catching a ride on a room service cart. The best way to defend your hotel's kitchen from pesky invaders is to attack pest problems before they start.
The first step to preventing pest infestations in your hotel is identification of the target species. The four most common pests found in hotel kitchens are cockroaches, flies, stored- product pests and rodents. Let's take a closer look at each of these pests to determine why they are a problem and how you can identify their presence.
As one of the earth's oldest species with fossil evidence dating back nearly 350 million years, roaches have pestered humans since the beginning of our existence - and for good reason. Roaches carry an average of 25 different disease-producing bacteria that can lead to foodborne illnesses such as diarrhea, food poisoning, pneumonia and leprosy. In addition, research from the American Allergy Institute shows that cockroach excrement and cast skins contain allergens that aggravate allergies and asthma.
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