Sydney is an amazing city that is literally alive with wildlife. Some wild animals are city dwellers too. Gliders, possums, bandicoots, lizards, insects, snakes and many spectacular birds and other invertebrates live and forage around the city. Sydney parks, ponds, building and even backyards provide opportunities for many species. Suburbs that are close to national parks that surround the city have many diversity of wildlife. However, the city has a few unwelcome creatures from mildly deadly to just plain old annoying pests. Pests are not Sydneysiders favourite wild animals.
Sydneysiders love their food. A restaurant or a café owner knows that repeat customers can be turned off if there’s a pest around let alone in their meal. Pest such as rats, flies, birds and cockroaches seek shelter within cafes and restaurants from the cold outside for warmth and a regular source of food. Food business owners must take all reasonable precautions to prevent food pest from gaining entry into food preparation and storage areas to prevent contamination of food stuff. If authorities hear or see pest invasion it would be disastrous to business owners the requirement for pest control is of outmost importance.
Food hygiene is important to public health that is why restaurants and cafes must adhere to food industry standards. Pests such as mice, flies, rats and cockroaches pose a threat to hygiene standards because of their disease risks. Restaurant owners who have worked hard to establish their business’ reputation for food, service and hygiene would be ruined if pests will be discovered during an inspection or a result of a complaint. This could lead to their business being closed costing money and potentially ruin their business reputation. It is food business owners’ responsibility to effectively prevent pest invasion. Problems that can be caused by pests to food business owners include:
• Contamination of food stuff
• Contamination of food preparation areas
• Damage to upholstery, electrical wiring and equipment
• Risk of food patrons eating contaminated food
• Expose employees and customers to diseases
• Loss of income and increased costs
• Loss of reputation
• Closure of business
Pest problems cost money by contaminating food and causing damage to the place of business. Food business owners must have to do everything they could to prevent pests from getting into preparation and storage areas.
Cockroaches will eat almost anything and carry food poisoning organisms on their bodies. They can spread diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery and polio. Large numbers of cockroaches produce a musty smell, they like warm, damp and dark areas. Cockroaches can thrive with just water for a long time. Reduce access to liquid to help control cockroach populations. Reduce potential hiding places by removing clutter and fixing loose wallpaper, tiles and sealing shut cracks and crevices. Vacuum regularly to suck up cockroaches, their eggs and the materials they feed on. You can also call Best Pest Control for cockroach control in Sydney.
Rodents like rats and mice can cause serious health risk because they carry fleas, mites and ticks as well as viruses and bacteria. Rat urine can cause leptospirosis by contaminating food and food packaging. Regularly check for signs of rodents, it only takes a few days for infestation to get out of hand. Look for rodent droppings, gnawed food packaging, greasy smear marks on walls and floor junction and signs of rodent dead or alive. Take measure to ensure rodents cannot enter the premises. Seal all gaps on the premises using hard to gnaw material like cement, hard filler, mortar, brush trips and fine gauge wire mesh. Keep the premises clean and ensure all food is covered when not in use.
Flies can cause contamination when it lands on food, equipment or food preparation areas. Flies carry diseases on their body hairs, the pads of their feet and in their faeces. They can spread bacteria such as salmonella, cholera and typhoid, they can contaminate through their saliva when feeding. It is very common for flies to infest business especially during summer. Owners can take action to prevent them entering the premises and contaminating food by keeping all doors and windows closed or by putting fly screens and mesh. Wash chopping boards and work tops at regular intervals throughout the working day. Food waste bags need to be tied up and placed into bins with lids and closed. Do not leave food uncovered nor allow fruits and vegetables to over ripen or decay as this attracts flies. Clean drains and gullies at the end of the day, don’t leave any food waste.
Ants are mostly a nuisance because they can get into and contaminate food. Ants can enter the premises when they are searching for food. Never leave food sitting out on counters or dirty dishes in the sink. Wipe up spills immediately and keep the floor clean. Take out the trash every night and clean the trash bin regularly Spot any easy entry points for ants. If you find ants, follow the ant trail to find out where they are entering. Seal the crack or space they are entering or spread some petroleum jelly on the area to prevent them from entering. Sweep or vacuum up all the ants to remove them from the area. Natural remedies like vinegar, spearmint oil, garlic or pepper can also be used to stop infestations. Call a qualified pest control company to treat the issue at once.
Birds can cause nuisance with their droppings by making stairways, balconies and pavements slippery especially in wet weather. Nesting birds can cause damage to buildings and structures. Birds can carry bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter that can cause diseases. Birds also carry mites from their downy feathers that can cause food contamination. Birds enter buildings to get food, take shelter or build nests. To stop them from getting into the premises, avoid having gaps or holes bigger than 20mm in diameter. Block gaps where birds can perch or hop through. Seal gaps under eaves and have missing roof tiles replaces. Disturb birds by shooting off their perches and destroy nesting materials and eggs.
Owning a restaurant or café is not an easy task. There are many things to think and deal with every single day to stay in business. Pest invasion can be an absolute worst thing that could happen. Diners don’t look forward to spotting pests as they eat their meals. Adhering to food hygiene for public health is very important. It’s every owner’s responsibility to do all appropriate arrangements to effectively prevent pests from entering their business premises. The quickest and most efficient way to deal with pest invasion is calling a technician who is qualified to treat food establishments to treat the issue at once. Setting up a monthly or bi-monthly pest control treatment is important to keep all future pests out.