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Service Area Learn more about large fly prevention SERVER AREA The Risk: Large Flies (Houseflies)
Large flies enter through windows and doors and feed on the food debris and residue found throughout the front-of-house. Large flies not only create a negative guest experience, but they can also spread foodborne illness, by landing on various unsanitary surfaces and then landing on guests’ food and tabletops.

The Solution:
Keep windows and doors closed or screened, whenever possible, and on high-traffic doors consider blowers or plastic strips. Inspect building exterior for standing water, food waste and other attractants.
Kitchen Area Learn more about cockroach prevention KITCHEN AREA The Risk: Cockroaches
German cockroaches are most commonly introduced into restaurants with incoming goods or unintentionally by staff and guests. They find their way into kitchens near sources of food and water, and then live and breed in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices. Cockroaches present a significant food safety risk, treading across food and food-handling surfaces, leaving behind droppings and bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

The Solution:
Inspect incoming goods for pests and educate staff on what to look for and how to respond to pest sightings. Cockroach sightings should be reported immediately and a pest service provider contacted.
Bar Area Learn more about small fly prevention BAR AREA The Risk: Small Flies (Fruit Flies & Drain Flies)
Fruit flies can enter on fresh food product, especially fruits and vegetables. Additionally, they breed in wet organic materials commonly found in and under equipment, on floors and in drains. These tiny pests can spread foodborne illness – including E. Coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Shigella — and lead to food safety incidents.

The Solution:
Eliminate sugary liquids and food waste that fruit flies love. Inspect and clean drains and plumbing frequently. Keep bar area clean and tidy, minimize bio-film build-up in and around equipment and use overnight floor-fans to dry the area.
Front of House Area Learn more about rodent prevention FRONT-OF-HOUSE
(Tables & Booths)
The Risk: Rodents
Mice and rats can enter through tiny gaps and holes as small as 18mm, or the size of a nickel, seeking out warmth and plentiful food scraps. Rodents present a tremendous public health risk — transmitting more than 35 diseases to humans — and a single rodent sighting can devastate a restaurant’s reputation.

The Solution:
Keep rodents out by finding and eliminating holes and gaps in the restaurant. Educate staff to recognize signs of rodent activity such as droppings and product damage. Call a pest service provider immediately when suspected rodent activity is found.
Patio Area Learn more about ant prevention Learn more about
occasional invader prevention
PATIO/OUTDOOR
DINING AREAS
The Risk: Ants & Occasional Invaders
Outdoor dining spaces are often natural habitats for common outdoor pests like ants, as well as occasional invaders like centipedes, millipedes, crickets, beetles and more. Their presence gives guests poor impressions about restaurant sanitation.

The Solution:
Thoroughly and frequently clean outdoor dining spaces to eliminate food debris, and train your staff on recognizing and reporting signs of ant nests and occasional invader activity.
Garbage Area Learn more about large fly prevention GARBAGE AREA The Risk: Large Flies (Houseflies)
Large flies that end up inside a restaurant are often attracted to outdoor dumpster areas. This increases pest pressure on the building and can result in flies actively entering through open doors. Large flies can directly transfer pathogens from the dumpster (and other unsanitary surfaces) to food and food-prep surfaces, creating significant food safety risks.

The Solution:
Where possible, move dumpsters away from the building. Minimize food spillage by tying liners and keeping trash bin lids closed. Keep garbage areas clean and free of standing water. Exterior lighting should also be adjusted to reduce the attraction of night-flying insects.

Main Slide Learn more about large fly prevention SERVER AREA The Risk: Large Flies (Houseflies)
Large flies enter through windows and doors and feed on the food debris and residue found throughout the front-of-house. Large flies not only create a negative guest experience, but they can also spread foodborne illness, by landing on various unsanitary surfaces and then landing on guests’ food and tabletops.

The Solution:
Keep windows and doors closed or screened, whenever possible, and on high-traffic doors consider blowers or plastic strips. Inspect building exterior for standing water, food waste and other attractants.
Learn more about cockroach prevention KITCHEN AREA The Risk: Cockroaches
German cockroaches are most commonly introduced into restaurants with incoming goods or unintentionally by staff and guests. They find their way into kitchens near sources of food and water, and then live and breed in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices. Cockroaches present a significant food safety risk, treading across food and food-handling surfaces, leaving behind droppings and bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

The Solution:
Inspect incoming goods for pests and educate staff on what to look for and how to respond to pest sightings. Cockroach sightings should be reported immediately and a pest service provider contacted.
Learn more about small fly prevention BAR AREA The Risk: Small Flies (Fruit Flies & Drain Flies)
Fruit flies can enter on fresh food product, especially fruits and vegetables. Additionally, they breed in wet organic materials commonly found in and under equipment, on floors and in drains. These tiny pests can spread foodborne illness – including E. Coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Shigella — and lead to food safety incidents.

The Solution:
Eliminate sugary liquids and food waste that fruit flies love. Inspect and clean drains and plumbing frequently. Keep bar area clean and tidy, minimize bio-film build-up in and around equipment and use overnight floor-fans to dry the area.
Learn more about rodent prevention FRONT-OF-HOUSE
(Tables & Booths)
The Risk: Rodents
Mice and rats can enter through tiny gaps and holes as small as 18mm, or the size of a nickel, seeking out warmth and plentiful food scraps. Rodents present a tremendous public health risk — transmitting more than 35 diseases to humans — and a single rodent sighting can devastate a restaurant’s reputation.

The Solution:
Keep rodents out by finding and eliminating holes and gaps in the restaurant. Educate staff to recognize signs of rodent activity such as droppings and product damage. Call a pest service provider immediately when suspected rodent activity is found.
Learn more about ant prevention Learn more about
occasional invader prevention
PATIO/OUTDOOR
DINING AREAS
The Risk: Ants & Occasional Invaders
Outdoor dining spaces are often natural habitats for common outdoor pests like ants, as well as occasional invaders like centipedes, millipedes, crickets, beetles and more. Their presence gives guests poor impressions about restaurant sanitation.

The Solution:
Thoroughly and frequently clean outdoor dining spaces to eliminate food debris, and train your staff on recognizing and reporting signs of ant nests and occasional invader activity.
Learn more about large fly prevention GARBAGE AREA The Risk: Large Flies (Houseflies)
Large flies that end up inside a restaurant are often attracted to outdoor dumpster areas. This increases pest pressure on the building and can result in flies actively entering through open doors. Large flies can directly transfer pathogens from the dumpster (and other unsanitary surfaces) to food and food-prep surfaces, creating significant food safety risks.

The Solution:
Where possible, move dumpsters away from the building. Minimize food spillage by tying liners and keeping trash bin lids closed. Keep garbage areas clean and free of standing water. Exterior lighting should also be adjusted to reduce the attraction of night-flying insects.