At GL Pest Control, we offer commercial pest control in Winnipeg. We get called to commercial kitchens quite often, and of all the pests we see, one may be a bigger threat to a kitchen than any other:
The German cockroach.
In this article, we’re going to teach you why cockroaches are a threat, how to find them, how to prevent cockroach infestations, and how to get rid of an infestation once one starts.
That’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in:
Cockroaches carry a variety of different bacteria and diseases. Cockroaches contaminate food (and eat it). They can trail feces, saliva, and the remnants of any drains they’ve crawled through over your kitchen utensils and the food you’re preparing. Some of the proteins found in cockroaches can trigger asthma symptoms.
To be blunt, they’re gross. Imagine a customer seeing a cockroach crawling out from your kitchen. Worse yet, imagine a customer finding a cockroach in their food. Too many cockroaches and your kitchen could get closed down by the health inspector.
Here in Manitoba, the German cockroach is the most common type of cockroach. Despite their large size, they can be surprisingly hard to find (at first). These kitchen pests like to hide in dark areas and wall voids. Fortunately, there are some telltale signs you can look for if you think you’ve got an infestation on your hands:
Because German cockroaches are extremely good at finding hiding places, if you see one, it’s likely that you’ve got an infestation. Fully grown German cockroaches are easy to spot, with their large, brown bodies, big antennae, and the telltale black spots on their heads. Nymphs (baby cockroaches) are much smaller—and much harder to spot.
Prevention is the best way to stop a cockroach infestation in your commercial kitchen. You’ve got to deprive cockroaches of any potential food source.
There are many different tactics you can take to eliminate infestations. The most important rule is this: As soon as you see a single cockroach, you should begin using preventative and active measures to handle the infestation.
The two main approaches for eliminating German cockroaches are using sprays along your walls and around spaces where cockroaches can hide and using bait traps to attract and eliminate cockroaches.
Both of these tactics should be used with extreme caution. Both use poisons which can contaminate food. As such, bait traps are often favoured in commercial kitchens—it’s much easier to contain the poison.
Our recommendation is to hire a professional cockroach exterminator in Winnipeg. We can ensure that the infestation is dealt with, all while guaranteeing the safety of your diners.