Even the most impeccably clean restaurants can become infested with pests quickly. Pests like cockroaches, rodents, and ants may find their way into your establishment. To treat a pest infestation, you must first know that you have one. Here are a few signs that your restaurant may have a pest problem.

Contaminated Food
If you or one of your staff members discover evidence of contaminated food, then you may have a pest infestation in your restaurant. Evidence of contaminated food may consist of holes or tears in any stored sacks of grain or flour.

When pests infest your restaurant, you may spot nests. Different pests make different kinds of homes, so if you see something suspicious but are unsure of what it is, contact a restaurant pest control company. Some pests make nests inside the walls of a structure. When you’re alone in your restaurant, keep things quiet and listen for rustling or skittery noises. Shredded materials like cardboard, cotton, wood, and newspapers are other signs that pests are nesting in your establishment. If you have an ant infestation, then you’ll see small piles of dirt or soil.

Pests leave droppings wherever they live. If you have a rodent infestation, then you’ll see small, black or brown pellets. Small cockroaches produce excrement that may remind you of black pepper or coffee grounds while large bugs expel droppings that are cylinder shaped. Large cockroach infestations also have an unpleasant odor. Keep in mind that cockroaches are nocturnal, so if you spot one during the day, then you probably have an infestation because seeing one in the daylight is out means that there’s likely a lot of them.

Customer Complaints
Pay attention if a customer complains about seeing the signs of pest activity. Your customers may spot evidence of them in their food or on the table. They may even see an actual bug or rodent in your eatery. It’s important to believe them because doing so may give you the chance to get rid of the infestation before it gains a foothold. Established infestations are harder to exterminate. If someone complains about pests, call a pest professional to complete a thorough and expert search of your business.

By handling restaurant pest infestations right away, you’ll be more likely to keep your restaurant free of pests. When customers hear rumors about a restaurant having a pest problem, they’re likely to avoid eating there. Nests, noises, contaminated food, and droppings are a few signs that pests are residing in your establishment. Pest infestations are best handled by a professional exterminator, so if you spot signs that you have one, contact your local pest control company. At Econ-O-Bug, we are proud to deal with infestations quickly and effectively so you can get back to a pest-free restaurant.