So, your restaurant recently completed a renovation project and is ready to reveal its fresh look to customers—or so you think. As it turns out, pest control practices were overlooked during the renovation process. The result? You’ve given pests a new habitat to thrive.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a far-fetched situation. If you don’t incorporate pest management practices into your renovation process, you can be stuck with pest issues during and after the renovation process. And aside from being a nuisance, pests such as cockroaches and rodents, can carry pathogens that can cause dangerous diseases. Others, such as termites, can threaten the integrity of your building’s structure.
This is why an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is important to your business and the renovation process. IPM is the most effective and environmentally responsible approach to pest control because it focuses on eliminating the conditions that attract pests through proactive sanitation and restaurant maintenance, reducing the need for remedial chemical treatments.
Below is what you should know about some of the peeving pests your restaurant is prone to during and after renovations.
Cockroaches are sneaky masters of disguise. They can flatten themselves to fit into tiny crevices; or come pouring out of an uncapped pipe or wall void.
When you see one that often means there are more behind the scenes waiting to make a grand entrance. Cockroaches can contaminate food and beverages and spread disease-causing agents to customers such as E. coli and Salmonella.
Rodents come in all sizes and can tip-toe into your restaurant from outside through small openings or be brought in on shipments. Once they’re in, they are most likely to be spotted near dirty dishes, or open food containers.
It’s best practice to look for capsule-like pellet droppings and chew marks on packages in susceptible areas. An additional sign of rodent activity is grease or rub marks along floor boards and walls—this is from their fur rubbing against the material as they scurry past.
Termites are silent destroyers and live in massive colonies of 200,000–500,000, on average. They often find their food source inside walls and floors of your restaurant.
Be mindful of the supplies your contractor is using as some cellulose-based building materials attract these tiny terrors. It’s also important to inspect walls and floors prior to renovation in case any of pests have previously slipped through the cracks.
Before Renovation Begins
Prior to the start of any renovation project, it’s smart to have a solid plan in place. Set up a meeting with your pest management professional and contractor(s) to ensure everyone is on the same page with how to best incorporate pest management into the renovation process. All parties play a key role, so it’s critical for everyone to work together as a team.
Specific actions you can do before renovations include:
During the Renovation
As renovations start, your restaurant can become more susceptible to pests, which is why it is important to stay one step ahead and take the following precautions.
Once the bulk of the renovation is complete, take these additional preventative measures to help eliminate future pest issues.
When it’s time to make renovations, big or small, don’t overlook pest management. Getting a pest management professional involved in the beginning will help protect your investment and position your newly renovated establishment for success.
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