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Why German Cockroaches Are Such A Threat To Vegas Restaurants

Vegas restaurants are a dream come true for the German Cockroach. Cockroaches need food, water, and shelter, all things they find in abundance in a Las Vegas restaurant! There are 4,000 cockroach species found around the world, but the German Cockroach is the most common species to cause problems for restaurant owners.

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The Effect of a Single Cockroach in Your Restaurant

A cockroach sighting by a customer can cause a chain of events that could put you out of business. Consider the fact that every customer in your restaurant has access to the internet from the phone in their pocket, and you can imagine the impact a single cockroach spotted by a single customer can have! If your customer reviews your restaurant online or posts a photo or message on social media, it can quickly spread and reach hundreds or thousands of potential customers.

If you see one cockroach, there’s a good possibility that you have hundreds or even thousands more that you haven’t seen. Cockroaches tend to stay hidden, coming out at night to patrol the area for food and water, but will sometimes venture out during the day if infestation numbers are high. By the time you see one, you will need Evolve Pest Control to effectively eliminate the infestation.

Problems Caused by German Cockroaches

Cockroaches are dangerous to the success of your restaurant, to your employees, and to your customers’ health. Cockroaches spend time in dirty environments such as bathroom or sink drains and garbage containers. The bacteria their bodies pick up from these dirty areas is then transmitted to the surfaces they touch as they’re crawling around your restaurant. Adult cockroaches chew through food packages and cause the food to spoil, or they contaminate the food by walking around on food, your food preparation surfaces, and your restaurant tables. In addition, cockroach feces and urine can make people sick. Cockroaches cause several bacteria-related illness, including:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Diarrhea
  • Food poisoning
  • E.coli
  • Dysentery
  • Allergic reactions

The presence of cockroaches will also cause your restaurant to fail health inspections. If you don’t properly deal with the cleanup and elimination of cockroaches after a failed health inspection, you could be forced to close your restaurant.

How to Prevent a Cockroach Infestation

Preventing a cockroach infestation in your restaurant is easier than eliminating them once they’ve found their way inside. The following steps will help prevent German Cockroaches from taking up residence in your Vegas restaurant:

  • Thoroughly clean the kitchen daily. 
  • Remove trash as soon as the bins are full.
  • Wash trash bins to remove food residue.
  • Clean up guest spills in the dining area.
  • Vacuum and disinfect guest area several times daily.
  • Eliminate entry points by sealing cracks and crevices with caulking.
  • Eliminate standing water in sinks.
  • Fix all leaks and water drips in the restaurant.

Commercial pest control services from Evolve Pest Control will decrease your risks for getting a cockroach infestation or eliminate an existing infestation quickly. The professionals at Evolve Pest Control have experience protecting Vegas restaurants from cockroach infestations. Reach out to us today.