Don't let pests damage your food business
Reputation is a fragile thing when word of mouth and online review sites have a significant impact on how people perceive your business. If you serve food to the public, maintaining your reputation is vital, and there's nothing like a pest problem to cause irreversible damage.
Food hygiene legislation requires you to take appropriate measures for the prevention, early detection, and control of pests - and falling foul of these regulations could result in your business being shut down until the pest problem is resolved. Appropriate pest control is also a feature in the Food Hygiene Rating system, affecting the rating your business could receive.
Protect your business, protect your customers, and protect your reputation, with expert pest control from JPS Environmental.
Common Pests in Food Services
Cockroaches are the bane of kitchens, attracted by food and water. Keeping your premises scrupulously clean is the first line of defense, but sometimes even that isn't enough to keep them at bay. Any infestation in a commercial kitchen is a big concern, as cockroaches can pose a real health risk, carrying pathogens that cause food poisoning as well as other diseases.
Rodents are a particularly unwelcome pest in restaurants, bars and cafes, and not only because they're a big risk to your reputation. Rats and mice carry bacterial and viral diseases, including leptospirosis, hantavirus and tularemia, and an infestation could get you shut down.
Wherever there's food, there's flies, and restaurants are no exception. Flies feed on decaying waste, pick up pathogens on their legs, and transfer those pathogens to the next surfaces they land on, transmitting disease and food poisoning. Keeping lids on your rubbish, cleaning worktops, clearing sinks and drains regularly, and keeping food covered or refrigerated can help, but serious infestations may need professional help.
Establishments with outdoor eating areas may struggle with wasps in the summer. Spilled drinks, especially sugary or alcoholic, attract wasps who may be nesting nearby, causing nuisance to diners and sometimes even making beer gardens unusable. If you have a wasp nest on the premises, removing it is vital to protecting patrons who may have allergies to stings.
Dealing with Pests in Food Service Industries
JPS understand the importance of speed and discretion in resolving an infestation when your business serves food to the public, to protect your customers from harm and your business from damage.
We know that visible signs of pest control can be off-putting to guests, so we'll work with you to get the most appropriate measures and tackle the underlying problems not just the obvious effects. Our annual pest management contracts allow you to rest assured that you're in compliance with food safety regulations and know that your premises are covered.
We also provide emergency and one-off pest control so if you have an infestation, call us now before it causes your business problems.