Cockroaches in Restaurants food safety protection

Cockroaches in Restaurants.
Some interesting info we found on cockroaches.

According to Servsafe it is key we check out delivery for any signs of pests. Why?
It’s our responsibilities as certified food safety managers to look for signs of insect or rodent infestation, tampering, ect.

Did you know insects such as roaches can plant eggs inside cardboard boxes, or even breed inside your shoes? Yes… shoes. May seem like a far stretch but it is possible.

Do boxes attract roaches

Yes, cardboard boxes and paper products do attract cockroaches, for two reasons. First, cardboard is a food source for roaches, and second, it also provides a nice dark and warm place for a roach to hide and live. Cockroaches are omnivorous and will eat just about anything.


Following are a few points that might make a restaurant more attractive to cockroaches and pests:

Dirty Dishes and Surfaces

Food scraps (including even the slightest crusty residue remaining on a dish) can act as a beacon to draw cockroaches into a restaurant or kitchen. All dishes and food surfaces must be cleaned regularly and dirty dishes should never be left to sit overnight.

Poor Staff Hygiene

No matter how much you clean your kitchen, if your employees aren’t washing their hands regularly or disposing of waste properly then cockroaches may find your restaurant. In addition to monitoring staff during their work time, it is also important to control and monitor what goes into lockers. If food, dirty dishes, or other attractional objects are kept in lockers, you may be inviting roaches into your restaurant.

Sanitation Issues

Waste that is kept lying around, particularly food waste, works like an invitation for roaches and other pests to infest your restaurant. Garbage cans must not only be emptied regularly, but should also be washed out with soap and warm water on a regular basis to remove any food waste or sticky residue on the inside and outside. Cardboard can also work as a breeding ground for cockroaches and bacteria, so be sure to get rid of it as soon as possible following use.

Food Storage

If food is not stored properly, in fully-sealed plastic containers, this can attract cockroaches. Remove all food shipments from cardboard boxes and place them on shelves in sealed containers in a cool, dry place.

What Can Be Done to Keep Cockroaches from Restaurants?

In order to practice restaurant pest control, some critical but simple steps should be taken.

  • Clean and wipe all surfaces daily with an antibacterial cleaner.
  • Be sure to wipe up spills immediately.
  • Enforce staff hygiene with hand-washing sinks at entry points to kitchen.
  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Always keep doors closed (don’t prop them open for a cool breeze or to smoke).
  • Seal all cracks and crevices in walls, floors, or equipment.
  • Make note of any water leakage and call a plumber immediately.
  • Remove garbage as needed and at the end of each day.
  • Access professional commercial kitchen pest control to put a preventative care plan in place.

Although cockroaches may always be attracted to the food and water sources available at restaurants, you can enforce safe pest control practices to make sure that your restaurant is not the one they choose! Develop a plan for commercial kitchen pest control and protect your restaurant starting today. Have a regular PCO come and spay once a month.



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