Imagine this the sky is barely bright as you slump your way to the kitchen table where your family is eating some cereal topped with berries. You start to grab some of the same…but wait. What do you see in the container? A cockroach peering at you. Cockroaches can be a significant deterrent to customers and even employees and pose a formidable threat to a restaurant’s profits. Having a cockroach present in your restaurant and seen by patrons likely means they will tell their friends and family, and you could end up being temporarily shut down by health officials.
Cockroaches are attracted to restaurants as they require a relatively warm and moist environment. Besides a place to live these pests need to find food and water. Almost any food can attract and support these scavengers, and infestations can grow very quickly. While roaches do not cause structural damage their presence often indicates unsanitary conditions that may be unhealthy. There are also concerns about them directly causing allergic reactions and spreading disease by contaminating food. When cockroaches attack food, they can spread bacteria through cross-contamination. They pick up bacteria while eating and these bacteria then reside in their guts. When they attack your food, they often leave their waste products (and the bacteria!) on the food. They also may carry the bacteria on their bodies, and pass it on to the food when then touch it. Humans who eat the contaminated food can then be infected by the bacteria and suffer food poisoning. Indeed, cockroach cross-contamination can lead to the spread of, among other bacteria, salmonella, streptococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa.
They prefer warm and damp areas in out-of-the-way protected places, such as inside walls, called harborages. Roach activity is usually highest at night.
Cockroaches are drawn to areas where access to food and a hiding space is regular and reliable, meaning a cockroach infestation is usually the symptom of poor sanitation, disposal, and cleanliness practices over the long term, and the problem will only get worse the longer these practices remain in place.
Let us have a look at some incidents where cockroach has caused a huge problem to restaurants:
Local fast food restaurant closed due to cockroach infestation
By Mario Montalvo, Kern golden empire.com
The fast food joint was closed by the health department after a customer complained about seeing cockroaches.
County environmental health director Donna Fenton said any vermin infestation requires immediate closure because it poses an immediate health risk.
“Often times those cockroaches have been roaming around the restroom,” said Fenton. “They could have been in the restroom. They can contaminate food contact surfaces, utensils, food packaging and even get into the food itself.”
Fenton says infestations like the one at this restaurant are not common.
The last time the restaurant was inspected was in July, and it passed with an “A,” but there were signs of a bigger problem at the time.
“It was noted that they did find cockroaches in the facility, but just not to the extent that they have right now,” Fenton said.
Diners flee restaurant half way through eating meals after cockroach infestation in kitchen
By Sam Fisher Stephen Jones, 16th Feb 2017, Mirror
Diners were forced to down their knives and forks and flee an Indian restaurant when a cockroach infestation broke out in a kitchen.
Their half-eaten meals were left abandoned on tables when health inspectors ordered the popular Sands of Glen field in Leicester closed down on the spot.
Acting on a tip-off by a member of the public, the inspectors visited the restaurant unannounced on Saturday, February 4.
They discovered cockroaches – both dead and alive – in the kitchen, including in the food store and in three of the freezers.
The Leicester Mercury also reports cockroach traps, put down by pest controllers, were also found.
The inspectors, from Blaby District Council, also noted that large quantities of open and uncovered food were left out on kitchen surfaces and that there was food debris, grease, and grime on many surfaces.
The above incidences present a grave picture of the growing pest problem in restaurants. Insecticides are currently the main method used for cockroach control in restaurants. Cockroaches have a legendary ability to develop resistance to a wide range of pesticides used for its control. Moreover, the use of these chemicals though conventional should be stopped as there is a chance of human contact and food contamination.
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