Pests Shouldn’t Interfere with the Fine Dining Experience Ever

Pests Shouldn’t Interfere with the Fine Dining Experience Ever

After the ease of Covid-19 restrictions imposed on outdoor life throughout Australia, restaurants and eateries are welcoming back their guests. Though the guest list doesn’t provide any room for pests, they do find their ways to sneak in. 

The food business in Melbourne always has been a factor in pulling crowds from far afar to this city. One of the most horrifying nightmares for any restaurant owner or manager would be to spot a pest infestation in the commercial kitchen. 

Seek commercial pest control to encourage more customers to dine at your restaurant carefree. The presence of pests in your restaurant can totally devastate and tarnish the reputation of the restaurant/eatery and the media won’t miss the opportunity to fan the fire across all possible platforms. 

Pests Prominent in Food Premises

Common pests harbouring the food premises are rats, mice, flies, ants, cockroaches, pest birds like pigeons etc. What allures them here is a steady source of food and water accompanied by a secure shelter.  

Their Hideouts in Your Commercial Kitchen

These tiny transmitters of diseases and ugly nuisances are nocturnals (active mostly during the nights or when left alone with no human activity around) and are masters in seeking hideouts.  Their favourite hideouts very well include the following 

  • Under the sinks, and hand wash constructions 
  • Inside wall cavities, crevices and cracks (if any)
  • In sneaky zones inside the food storage units where storage bins are kept
  • Inside the food packages and boxes. 
  • Behind or beneath the appliances used in the kitchen
  • Behind the refrigerator, microwaves, coffee machines (their all-time favourite hangout zone)
  • The dark and moist areas inside the commercial kitchen 
  • Used food cartons, packages that are left behind and not disposed of. 
  • Gaps or confined space between shelves and cupboards

Restaurants Are Legally Required to Stay Pest-Free

The government of Australia always makes it one of its top concerns to ensure the protection of consumer health. Apart from human contamination and the spread of the pandemic again, pest contamination at food premises always remains a top concern.

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They urge food business owners and managers to access commercial pest control in Melbourne and everywhere for pest-free operations. 

Two Imposing Legal Requirements

The Food Standards Code followed in Australia requires all types of food businesses (retail outlets, manufacturing units, commercial kitchens, serving outlets) to adopt practicable and precautionary measures to

  • prevent pests from getting inside the food premises  
  • Eliminate and prevent the infestation of pests on the food 

 

The Practicable Precautionary Measures 

The precautionary and practicable efforts found effective  in preventing the entry of pests inside food premises include: 

  1. Gaps, Holes and Cracks developed on the ceiling and on walls are entry points for pests. Timely sealing of these will prevent the free entrance.
  2. It is advisable for the people involved in the operational and serving departments of a food business to make sure they keep the doors and windows closed when not in use. 
  3. Also, the doors, windows, and other wide openings should feature flyscreens and meshes. Maintain it properly to avoid entrance. Insects and ants can be prevented this way. 
  4. The practicable measures practised across Australia based food businesses also include the installation of weather strips at the base of the door. 
  5. Dispose of the extra food packaging materials and packets in the dust boxes kept outside. 
  6. Make sure to keep the food items in covered containers in a neat-n-clean space. 
  7. Adopt non-toxic yet effective pest control and prevention measures under the strict supervision of professional pest controllers. 

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