Tackling Maryland Restaurant Owners' Most Pressing Problem: Rodents In Restaurants


When you were younger, what was something that excited you about going to a restaurant? Many children love it when waiters do unique things like dance or sing. Other kids are all about the food and whether there are chicken nuggets on the menu. As adults, our priorities change a bit. Now we look for the quality of food, sanitary environments, and a comfortable setting.

One thing that threatens all three of these things is rodents. These furry pests are a massive problem for restaurants. To help you handle these pests around your establishment, here are some things to consider.

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Rodents Are Bad For Your Image

Patrons start judging an establishment from the moment they walk through the door. If it's their first time, they are looking for an overall good experience. If it's their second time, they are looking for a repeat performance. By the time they have visited five or more times, chances are they will keep coming back.

We have found that patrons who find out a restaurant has rodents become much less likely to return. If they witness one of these pests in person while visiting, they may even bring their experience to the web, which has the potential to devastate your ratings and overall appeal.

Rodents Are Dangerous

Any establishment that serves food should be scared to have rodents around. These pests are naturally dirty and regularly pick up dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic worms. They transmit these disease-causing organisms to patrons by contaminating food, surfaces, and fluids. Rodents also carry disease-carrying parasites like fleas and ticks. These more minor pests spread diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and murine typhus.

Rodents Are Destructive

Rodents are not just nasty; they are also destructive. These pests love to chew on things like furniture legs, walls, electrical wires, utility pipes, and other objects around properties. Rodents will also tear apart fabrics, insulation, and paper to construct their nests. These behaviors are less likely to affect business but are pretty annoying and could be a problem for your wallet.

How To Prevent Rodents

Assuming your restaurant does not yet have a rodent infestation, there are some things you should be doing to keep these pests at bay. Here are some of the best tips and tricks our experts recommend you use today:

  • Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps around window and door frames and cracks in exterior foundations.

  • Invest in door sweeps for all doors leading out of your restaurant.

  • Clear back brush, branches, and shrubs to create a five-foot dry zone around your building's exterior.

  • Clean up clutter and debris around your property.

  • Store all foods inside of a refrigerator or inside of rugged, sealed containers.

  • Thoroughly wash down surfaces, vacuum floors, and mop floors at the end of each day.

  • Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

Why You Should Contact A Professional About Your Rodent Problems

If you suspect your restaurant is having trouble with rodents, do not try to handle these pests yourself. Opening for even one day while having these pests around could mean the death of your reputation or, worse, your establishment.

To get these furry pests out fast, let the rodent control professionals at Capitol Pest lend you a helping hand. We will advise you on how to mitigate your risk of serving contaminated food, trap and remove rodents from your premises, and then establish lasting defensive measures to keep these pests away in the future.

Call us today to discuss your commercial pest control options and schedule your Maryland restaurant for a visit.

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