Texas is known for its great food: barbecue, sweet tea, brisket, pies... the list goes on. Many people love heading to restaurants across Texas for a bite to eat. Unfortunately, it isn’t just humans that are attracted to restaurants. Pests may also find themselves coming back for more, especially German cockroaches. If you own a commercial kitchen, here’s what you need to know about protecting your kitchen from cockroaches.
Pests in Commercial Kitchens
Whether your kitchen is part of a restaurant, hotel, school, or even a hospital, bugs might be able to find their way inside. Commercial kitchens are busy and bustling, meaning that there are many opportunities for bugs to slip inside with the deliveries or the employee headed outside for a bit of fresh air. When people come in and out, bugs can easily come along.
German Cockroach Appearance
Do you know what to do if you see a cockroach? A cockroach in a commercial kitchen is almost never alone, so one cockroach should be a sign that you need pest control help. There are a few different kinds of cockroaches that may be getting inside your Texas kitchen. These are the American cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the German cockroach. German cockroaches are slightly smaller than other types. They can be as small as an M&M or as large as a penny. They’re brown in color but can be darker or lighter. German cockroaches are nocturnal pests that seek out food and moisture. They emit a foul odor and carry many diseases and bacteria.
Cockroaches in Kitchens
How can you tell if you have German cockroaches? Usually, if you have cockroaches in your kitchen, you will see one or two scurrying around at night. These pests will come in looking for food, and they can feed off the tiniest crumbs. They’re especially attracted to decaying matter or rotting food. They may also be attracted to moisture and are sure to appear if you have a leaky sink or bad ventilation. They’re incredibly resilient; in fact, roaches are resistant to many over-the-counter chemicals. They are great at adapting to new environments, meaning they’re very hard to eliminate, and they have a short reproductive cycle, meaning they can multiply quickly.
Preventing German Cockroaches
There are a few steps you can take to prevent cockroaches from getting inside your commercial kitchen. The first, and most important, step is to keep the kitchen clean at all times. Take extra care to clean easily missed areas like under appliances and behind cupboards. Check to make sure there is no standing water anywhere in the kitchen and no leaks or areas with high moisture. Inspect the exterior of the building for any obvious entry points, and seal cracks and holes that may be allowing cockroaches to get inside. Find ways to keep doors closed when not in use so that cockroaches can’t sneak in when you aren’t looking.
What do you do if cockroaches are already inside? Are German cockroaches hard to get rid of? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. These pests are resistant to a lot of home remedies. In order to clear your kitchen of cockroaches as soon as possible, you’ll want help from Innovative Pest Control. Our years of experience have prepared us to target these cockroaches effectively and quickly. Attract human guests, not pests. Let us help you keep your kitchen cockroach-free, all year long. Call today to learn more.