Pests are an occupational hazard in the kitchen, and there are various ways to deal with them – and in commercial settings these are subject to health and safety procedures. Insects such as flies, ants and cockroaches can sometimes require removal along with rodents such as rats and mice.
Another pernicious pest hazard is stored product insects (SPI) that are already in foods that arrive in the kitchen such as cereals, dried fruit and seeds. These insect pests will tend to be mites, weevils, beetles and moths.
It’s obviously preferable to prevent any infestations in the first place, so keeping exposed surfaces in particular clean and not leaving food or even food scraps out is an elementary step. Check on how food is stored – for example, keep sweet substances such as sugar in a sealed container as opposed to an open jar even if stored in a cupboard.
It is also important to keep your outside bin area clean. In a busy kitchen, the rubbish bins outside are often neglected, resulting in heaps of rubbish left when the bins are full, which can attract all sort of nightlife.
If you have infestations, it’s vital to find out why they’re attracted to the kitchen and where they’re coming from. For example, simply killing a few mice doesn’t treat the problem at source.
This ‘detection’ step can be the most difficult for the layman, so specialist help such as from this Islington pest removal company should be sought. It can be very frustrating trying to detect where pests are coming from and how they’re entering – especially insects. For example, if you have ants, it may be that the nest is underground outside, or deep below floorboards, if the restaurant is sufficiently old and large.
Handle Poison Safely
If you use poison to kill pests it is vital that you follow the instructions on the packaging accurately. Rat poison is very toxic and can cause serious illness in adults and children. If poisons are placed within an area where food is prepared, or in areas that could be accessed by children, it is vital that poisons are placed within containers that cannot be tampered with, and then disposed of properly to avoid the poison entering the food chain. This means poison should not be placed near food bins that are sometimes sent to farms for animal food.
In commercial settings, professional removal is the best route to take to comply with health and safety regulations. It’s likely that poisons and other powerful chemicals may be required such as when disposing of rats and cockroaches.
Along with how to use poisons effectively, pest control specialists will be aware of food law, health and safety and the rules concerning the safe disposal of toxic materials once they’ve done their job. Every year restaurants and cafes are forced to shut due to infestations of pets. While mice and cockroaches are the most common problems in London, there are many other types of pest which can get into a kitchen.
If it worth remembering that most pests in the UK are mostly harmless to people, and although it is believed that rat droppings can spread disease, most pests do only pose a hygiene hazard.
Tony Bond is the Founder of Londonnorthpestcontrol.co.uk who have a team of pest control experts and have budget friendly solutions for pest problems.