Get Rid of Cockroach Infestation from Your F&B Premises with Our Tips/Guide!30 Mar 2023
One of the most prevalent F&B pests is the cockroach. They can be found anywhere, such as in restaurants, workplaces, and even on public transportation! Even though Singapore is a clean, green city, you might be shocked to find roaches hiding in the crevices of restaurants and cafes. Fortunately for us, both food and beverage and commercial structures are regularly inspected by the local National Environment Agency. However, as owners of an F&B store or food manufacturing company, we must do our part to help eradicate these bothersome pests. Let PestWerkz guide you on how to accomplish it in this article.
What Harm May Cockroaches Cause Us?
Cockroaches can reproduce rapidly, as long as food is available for them to consume. They lay eggs that hatch into nymphs and eventually develop into adults. Adult cockroaches can live for up to two years, while nymphs only survive for four months. These pests not only cause discomfort and allergic reactions but are also known to spread harmful diseases such as Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria and Typhoid fever. They are commonly found in areas where food is present, such as trash and kitchen spaces, and can contaminate food through their faeces. They can also cause small wounds, rashes and skin irritation by biting or stinging.
What are The Signs of An Infestation?
When you see cockroach droppings or excrement on your floor, you have a cockroach infestation. Egg casings and skin shedding are other signs. It's commonly believed that dirty premises attract cockroaches, however, this may not always be the case. Roaches can fly into your F&B premises through windows or enter through drains or sewage pipes situated on the outside of buildings. As a result, they are not merely limited to the restaurant kitchen. Because they are drawn to food sources and primarily eat at night, a clean environment is still necessary.
Why are Cockroaches so Challenging to Get Rid of?
Aside from their ability to develop resistance to certain pesticides over time, making it difficult to eliminate them using traditional methods. Below are nine more reasons that make them a challenge to get rid of:
They are active at night, which is why they are not seen frequently.
They avoid detection by hiding in nooks and obscure locations.
Cockroaches multiply and breed, which increases their population in the area.
Delays in seeking professional help, cause the cockroach infestation to grow.
Incorrect DIY pest control application, including incorrect spray placement and selection.
Effectiveness suffers from inconsistent cockroach pest management such as poor housekeeping.
In addition to control, proper hygiene and regular pest detection are required.
Lack of pest proofing allows pests to enter the F&B premises and place of business.
Compromised property integrity and structures due to cracks, crevices, and leaks.
Which Type of Premises is at Risk of a Cockroach Infestation?
For survival, pests require food (which includes other pests, insects, waste, and decomposed materials), water, and shelter. These three components are present in almost every building, whether it be a house (of any type), an office, a restaurant, a school, or an industrial complex. Of course, some industries carry a higher risk of cockroach infestation due to their particular activities or nature. For instance, dining establishments, facilities for people with high dependency, canteens, or stores with recycling bins. An infestation of cockroaches can be caused by the environment, such as an old structure with openings and gaps as well as damp and moist conditions. Furthermore, the presence of a garbage dump and poorly maintained environments can increase the likelihood of cockroach infestation in buildings near high-risk areas.
What Should You Do if a Cockroach Infestation Occurs?
Need help deciding what to do if you notice cockroach activity in your F&B premises or food manufacturing plant? Follow this checklist from PestWerkz for a start:
Look around the F&B premises for cockroach infestation signs in high-risk areas like the kitchen, underneath and behind cabinets, appliances, rubbish collection points, and store rooms.
Take pictures and record the signs so the pest control expert can refer to them.
Avoid trying to get rid of the infestation with water flushing, insecticide sprays, or any DIY natural remedies.
Make arrangements for a commercial pest control company to inspect your F&B premises and make appropriate pest treatment recommendations.
To facilitate a thorough restaurant inspection and the effective application of cockroach treatments, remove all clutter, debris, and piles from the premises.
Avoid using natural pest control methods that could serve as cockroach food sources, such as pandan leaves, garlic, or condiments like vinegar.
Verify the brand credibility and service reliability of the commercial pest control company you are considering working with.
What Occurs if Immediate Pest Control is Not Conducted?
The cockroach infestation can become more serious if dealing with it is delayed or put off. First, cockroaches will multiply and breed rapidly, increasing their population inside the F&B premises. Second, they will disperse throughout the premises in search of additional food, water, and hiding places. Thirdly, their presence may result in stains from excrement that could harm your property and good hygiene. Fourthly, they can result in problems with food contamination, disease transmission, allergies, and bites, among other health and safety issues. Finally, take into account the time and mental strain incurred while battling the challenging pest. The most important factor to take into account is the financial impact and productivity on your F&B business.
To prevent pests from becoming a problem in your food and beverage business and ensure the success of your enterprise, you can implement regular pest control management strategies or hire professional food and beverage pest control services.
PestWerkz is an NEA-licensed pest control company in Singapore that offers a variety of cost-effective F&B pest control management services and packages to suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more.
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