Posts Tagged ‘pantry’
This story caught my attention because of the following – “The reports states the inspection was not completed because the “inspector was not feeling safe.” This story is out of Maryland and I was caught off guard when the inspector said he didn’t feel safe because he heard crying noises from a storage area.
I think all restaurants need to have pest control, I check bathrooms before I eat any out at any establishment. If the bathrooms are clean generally speaking so is the kitchen and prep areas. From my point of view we always get that call when it’s an emergency and it has gotten to the point of State Inspections. Now don’t get me wrong there are numerous great restaurants that understand the word -clean. But if you own a restaurant here are a few of my tips.
- Cleaning is a daily job, if the employee’s are taught right from the very first day and held accountable it will help.
- Set up specific duties on different days to accomplish goals. For example Monday – clean all deep fryers, Tuesday specifically clean under all stoves, pull out heavy items, Wednesday – use Biovade or grease eating scum products to prevent build up – making sure to keep drains full of water and clean, Thursday – clean pantry taking stock of all inventory and making sure to use first in first out premise and Friday – clean anything else specific to that restaurant and no taking off duties on weekends.
- Post duties and make sure it gets done.
- Management must be just as accountable as employee’s.
- Don’t tolerate bad behavior.
- Praise staff for cleaning excellence – especially if you pass inspections, I suggest a party after work or free food. If everyone buys in, the place will be clean and draw in more consumers.
German cockroaches are the scourge of the kitchen and sometimes the bathroom. Let them in and they are there to stay until you call ProBest Pest Management that is. Many people attempt to solve their roach problems and sometimes it works but you have to understand their biology. So maybe you kill a few here or there, you should realize that that is only the tip of the iceberg. I don’t recommend the use of bug bombs; they tend to make the roaches go deeper and further away for the time being. So here are a few tips to keep them out:
- Don’t keep boxes in the pantry; put the food into plastic containers.
- Don’t allow food to sit around.
- Keep the kitchen free from dirt and grease.
- Pull out the refrig from time to time and clean it, an extra tip – clean the condenser coils it will save you money.
- If you see one, look deeper. Don’t panic but don’t underestimate the finding.
What about the bugs you don’t see?
You come home from work one afternoon to see an ant on your kitchen counter and you think to yourself, well it’s only one ant. The fact is that is a scout ant and if she finds any food she will run back quicker than you can say “pesticide”. If that ant makes it way back to the nest or maybe even to another worker, they will spread the news – go to this house and now they have food! How about if that ant is a cockroach, well the fact is – it really doesn’t matter. Pest are pest and they will take up home within your home if it suits them. If you generally see one there will be more that are hidden away from your eyes.
What can you do to keep those little pest from getting into your home?
When you bring home items from the grocery store, inspect and take the boxes to the trash.
Place items into sealed containers, I like to freeze some products then into those containers.
Don’t leave dog/cat food out overnight.
Keep your kitchen tidy.