Avoiding Restaurant Health Code Violations
As a restaurant owner, it could be devastating if your restaurant is shut down because of a health code violation. Word will quickly spread throughout the community that you have been shut down for pests, and your restaurants’ credibility will be ruined overnight. When eating out, customers trust that their food is being prepared in a safe, clean environment. These tips can help you avoid a restaurant health code violation.
Pests In Your Restaurant
Pests are one of the biggest concerns for health inspects because of the diseases they carry. Pests are often a sign of unsanitary conditions, which can lead to foodborne illnesses. A health inspector’s job is to protect patron’s health.
One of the most proactive steps you can take to eliminate pests is to be diligent about removing trash and waste. Exposed food will attract pests, so do not leave any food out. Flies and other rodents will also be attracted to trash, so be sure to take this out daily.
The cost of having your restaurant shut down is far greater than the cost of effective pest control. Don’t cut corners when it comes to protecting your restaurant, and know that it’s a small investment in your restaurant’s future potential. Skimping out on pest control increases your chances of receiving a health violation.
Protect Your Entire Restaurant
A health code violation can be given out because of issues with any part of your restaurant, not just the kitchen. It’s true that health inspectors are generally most concerned with food handling and preparation, and will spend most of their time focused on the kitchen. But that’s not to say they won’t inspect the rest of the establishment for signs of pests.
If they notice signs of pests in the dining room, your restaurant could still be shut down. It’s important to focus your attention on the entire restaurant, not just the kitchen.
Eliminate Pests In Your Restaurant Today
At BUGOUT, we seek to be a part of the fabric of our community just as must as those in the restaurant business are. We have been providing high-quality pest control services to those in Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. We understand how important your restaurant business is to you and provide customer service to reflect that.
Your health inspector may ask to see what measures you’re taking to keep pests out. If this is the case, you’ll need to provide a detailed report of the course of action you’ve taken to prevent pests. They’ll want to know any pesticides that have been applied to ensure the chemicals in the pesticides aren’t harmful to humans. BUGOUT can work with you to apply pesticides that are safe for use around food.
If you’re worried about an infestation in your restaurant’s kitchen, be sure to call BUGOUT as soon as possible. Calling us when you first see a potential problem can allow us to eliminate the pests before they develop into a full-blown infestation. When you first see a cockroach scurry across the floor or notice mice droppings, call us at (410) 760-6065.