The bar and restaurant industry has felt the weight of this challenging time as they experience different stages of closures, restrictions, or re-openings. Regardless of what phase these establishments find themselves in, it is critical that restaurant owners and your technicians work together to achieve long-term insect control through a combination of sanitation protocols and products. The Zoëcon team followed-up with several PMPs across the country to see what advice they had for successful restaurant pest control for the present and beyond.
Outdoor Dining Brings Outdoor Insects
With most states allowing larger capacity for outdoor dining than indoor, restaurants are re-opening patios or creating outdoor seating sections for the first time. Controlling insects outdoors presents a different set of challenges for restaurants and PMPs, and the higher volume of outdoor customers will increase the threat of insect activity. PMPs will need to consider treatment protocols for outdoor settings, and should work alongside their clients to educate them on the necessary steps they should be taking to clean consistently and visibly.
For Restaurant Owners and Staff – Exclusion and Sanitation Tips
Most PMPs we spoke with stressed the importance of routine sanitation and exclusion to prevent pest problems.
For PMPs – Insect Control Tips
With many restaurants limited to only patio seating, now is the time for pest management professionals to come in and take care of the unique pest issues that these areas can create. The PMPs we spoke with cited ants and flies as their primary insect of concern for outdoor bars and restaurants.
Indoor treatments will still be important as the kitchen can attract heavy insect activity, and some dining rooms are still open, even if at a limited capacity.
The Best Tools for the Job
The harsh realities facing the restaurant industry have forced several operational cuts. For some, this includes limiting treatments to a quarterly basis. For those restaurants only treating every three months, professionals turn to the Gentrol® line of products for long residual control. The Gentrol® insect growth regulator, (S)-hydroprene, effectively breaks the insect life cycle and offers 120 days of control. Gentrol® products deliver responsible solutions in food handling establishments to prevent future infestations and callbacks for cockroaches, drain and fruit flies, stored product pests, and more.