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Updated: Oct. 15, 2023, 11:05 a.m. By Rafiki Pest Control LTD.®

When your restaurant is thriving and making significant profits, it’s a joy for you and your employees. However, pests such as bacteria, fungi, unwanted plants, and insects can harm the business if not adequately controlled by a professional. Their presence will damage your restaurant’s reputation and result in a notable decrease in your lunch crowd and loss of money. These unwanted guests will soon affect your employees and customers’ health by spreading diseases, and in the worst-case scenario, you will have your business license revoked.

Are you struggling with pest control? We have got your back. Our licensed staff has been in the pest control business for many years now. They pride themselves on the best and most reliable solutions for professional restaurant pest control. We appreciate that pest control for restaurants should be done with a lot of care and sensitivity. To give your restaurant the best pest control management, we have ensured that we follow integrated pest management (IPM) keenly.

Our Restaurant Pest Control Program.

Pest control is very sensitive in all hospitality industries; it’s a zero-tolerance zone. Hence, it must be professionally handled with top quality and without compromise. Therefore, every restaurant should have a systemic, written pest control program that maintains its food safety.

It is important to note that a pest control program is a thorough stand-alone process. It should be geared towards addressing all possible causes of the infestation, treating the infestation while ensuring zero pest survival, and preventing infestations. As such, this program is better off left to reputable professionals who are adequately trained, experienced, and have the expertise to run the program effectively and successfully.

  • The Inspection

Inspections are the backbone of any effective pest control program. Restaurants require inspections on a weekly basis due to their sensitivity and highly susceptible nature. Regular inspections will help identify signs of possible pest infestations, and the necessary measures will be taken to prevent an occurrence. During the inspection, the most common pest-hiding spots should be checked keenly. The professional should also watch out for harborage areas that might encourage pest activities and possible pest entry points. Our pest management specialists will provide you with a properly written analysis and detailed information on all problem areas within the restaurant at the end of every inspection.

  • Preventive Measures

Regular inspections reveal the high pest-risk areas (inside and outside the premises) and the possible pest problems in your restaurants. These vulnerabilities must be addressed before they can result in a real problem. Control and preventive measures, such as establishing standards of cleanliness to be met, must be applied. Another powerfully effective pest control measure is exclusion; it includes correct landscaping, sealing all openings to curb the entry of pests from outside, and installing enough door seals. Proper structural maintenance to close all possible pest entry points revealed during the inspection helps restrict the pests (physical control) from moving into your restaurant or spreading within.

  • Objective identification

A thorough inspection of the restaurant should identify the specific type of pest being managed to control it more safely and effectively. Different pests require different treatment types; hence correctly identifying the pest problem before applying mechanical or chemical control is necessary. Our exterminators have been meticulously trained in the exact process of pest identification and different behaviors.

  • Analysis

A detailed examination of every possible cause of pest infestations in the restaurant will be done. Could be, that the restaurant is providing the perfect conditions for pests to thrive or pests are migrating from the outside, and in other cases, delivered food supplies could come infested with common storage pests. Our experts will discover the specific cause of the infestation, and the proper control measures will be applied.

  • Pest Treatment selection

Depending on a single type of pest control, physical, mechanical, or chemical control is not the best solution. We combine all these control methods to achieve the best and most successful results.

  1. Mechanical Control- We use non-chemical pest control means such as bait stations, sticky traps, and electronic fly traps to control and keep away pest infestations. Other methods like raising/lowering temperatures and minimizing moisture levels to hinder the storage pests’ development are applied.
  2. Chemical Control- All chemicals applied are registered by the Pest Control Products Board of Kenya. They are eco-friendly, highly effective, and recommended for safe use. Our certified exterminators will only apply the pesticides when necessary and after a thorough inspection. Excess use of chemicals can be dangerous. The technician on duty should only apply as much as needed to get the job done.

Once the most efficient method of treatment has been chosen, it must be written down precisely.  Responsible technicians, outlined instructions, monitoring frequency, and activities must be included as well.

  • Monitoring frequency

Pest management and control is a continuous process. For the best solution to pest problems, continually monitoring your restaurant is necessary. It helps discover possible pest threats, prevent infestations, and exterminate the existing ones before they become a massive challenge. All restaurant staff is advised to keep an eye out for any signs of pest activities and have them reported to the pest controllers immediately when spotted.

  • Documentation

Your restaurant definitely must have validation documentation that shows efficient pest management. Each activity performed, pest activities, and corrective actions must be documented. All records must be accurate and up-to-date. Now, when the food safety auditors visit your restaurant, you won’t have to panic because Rafiki Pest Control already gives you an impressive score with proficient pest control records come audit time.

Our Pest Control and Management Guide

Our pest control management is highly effective and completely environmentally friendly. We apply the latest technology and techniques to exterminate pests while taking the necessary precautions to prevent pest control treatments from contaminating food.

We control all common pests in restaurants such as:

  • Roaches
  • Flies
  • Ants
  • Rodents
  • Bird pests, among others.

 

  • Pest Control For Cockroaches

Cockroaches, just like houseflies, are common in restaurants. They are commonly found in the dark, secluded places and drainage. They have been known to spread diseases like dysentery and foodborne bacteria like salmonella. Cockroaches feed directly on prepared food, and they can be challenging to eradicate.

Cockroach Control Method

Once cockroaches have infested a restaurant, a pest control expert should be called immediately before the infestation and the damage caused grows to unmanageable levels. Our technicians will destroy and eliminate all cockroach harborage areas. They will seal all entry points such as cracks and crevices. All deliveries, including foodstuffs, will be inspected for possible infestations, and chemical treatments approved and recommended by EPA for use in restaurants will be applied.

  • Pest Control for Flying Insects

Flying insects common in restaurants are houseflies and fruit flies. These filthy insects are very dangerous to human health as they contaminate food and spread serious diseases like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. Did you know that a single housefly carries up to 3.5 bacteria?  And they must liquefy their food before ingestion by secreting saliva on our food?

Flies Control for Method

The first and most crucial step in successful fly control is the destruction of all the possible breeding sites. Proper maintenance of the garbage area, proper waste disposal, and maintaining high cleanliness standards are fundamental to roach control. We will use the latest and most effective fly traps, including baited jag traps, sticky traps, and blue-lighted traps, to reduce and keep off the fly population in your restaurant. We will also fumigate your storage areas with the necessary treatments that will keep storage pests away.

  • Pest Control for Rodents

Rodents like rats and mice are potentially hazardous and must be controlled in and around the restaurant by a licensed pest controller. They spread diseases and destroy stored food by gnawing and contaminating it with far, urine, and droppings. The presence of rodents in restaurants can cause food poisoning that will damage your business’s image and reputation and result in the possibility of your business license being revoked.

Rodent Control Method

We use a combination of rodent control methods to achieve the best results.

  1. Destruction of harborage- This is a very successful rodent control method. It involves the total elimination of clutter from the restaurant. Clutter provides a good hiding spot for rats and mice. Secondly, we clear unnecessary bushes and keep an open environment that discourages rodent activities. Rodents are excellent climbers and can force their way through openings as narrow as ¼ inch. Hence, our technicians are keen to block openings, fill cracks, and install drainage covers in the entire premises to keep off rodents and prevent entry.
  2. Bait Stations- Rodent baits are relatively safe and highly efficient when appropriately positioned. Rodent block baits are inexpensive and simple to use.
  3. Tracking Powders- We also apply toxic trapping powders to kill rodents when the infestation proves necessary. These powders are strategically placed along the rodent’s pathways, and they have been made to kill rats, mice, and moles when they groom themselves.
  4. Rodenticides- A pest controller must be extremely careful when using rodenticides in a restaurant. Precaution requires that you place the rodenticide in a safe and tamper-proof bait station. These stations should then be placed strictly in the areas where food production does not take place. We advise that rodenticides in a restaurant should only be handled by a licensed professional.

What Services Do We Offer?

1. Risk Assessment

Hospitality businesses are particularly susceptible to pests due to the nature of activities carried out. Controlling pest risks and maintaining effective pest control and management programs is very critical. We ensure the safety of your restaurant by carrying out an efficient and regular pest risk assessment that involves the following crucial steps:

  • A thorough inspection and observation method to identify all pest risk areas. 
  • Determining who/what is likely to be harmed by pests and how. 
  • Evaluating all possible pest threats and deciding on the pest precaution measures to be taken. 
  • Implementing pest prevention, pest control, and safety procedures
  • Quantitatively assessing and outlining all pest risk-reducing options. 
  • Accurate record-keeping
  •  Reviewing and updating pest risk assessment.

 2. Staff Training On Practical Pest Management and Control. 

Staff training is one of the best ways to avoid pest infestations in your restaurant. We train all your staff on how to carry out their activities while minimizing the risk of pest attacks, how to identify an early sign of pest infestation, and the most efficient ways to respond when pests attack. The quality of training given to the employees/staff is a helpful method to prevent pest infestations. Our customized pest management staff training includes:

  • Training Sessions- In these sessions, all staff will be educated on all the ways pests. They will be taught how to identify and detect signs of early pest activities and how to respond in such a case. They will also be taken through a simple step-by-step guide on ways of minimizing conditions that may be conducive for pests to thrive. This will include maintaining proper hygiene, and cleanliness, and ensuring proper drainage. 
  • Assigning Roles- Pests can be very stubborn, and they can attack at the least expected time and from the least suspected angle. To remain ahead of potential pest attacks, specific employees will be assigned different pest management roles depending on their daily duties. An example of such is whereby; an employee handling garbage is trained on the most pest-preventive garbage disposal measures and mandated to monitor pest activities within the garbage areas. 
  • Continued Education- As a part of our Integral Pest Management Program (IPM), we are delighted to continually educate all employees and ways of preventing problems resulting from pests. We will provide educational materials for the staff to ensure no pest management information is forgotten. We will also provide them with pest sighting memos, where they will record any sighted pest activities, and possible pest conducive areas to be dealt with by our professional technicians. 

3. Fumigation Services

Get complete elimination of all stubborn pests that seem not to go away. Fumigation services are toxic to pests and have been designed to suffocate them to death. All imported property must be fumigated before storage to eliminate the chances of pest transfer into your restaurant. Exports, too, need to be fumigated to curb the undesired spread of pests. Our fumigation services control a wide range of pests, including:

  • Bed bugs
  • Roaches
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Termites 
  • Flies among others 

DIY Restaurant Pest Control Products

We have improved our services to all restaurant owners by availing the most effective, eco-friendly, and recommended DIY pest control products in all our stores near you. We have also made it easy for you to access the products through our online shop Products. All you need to do is place an order, and the products will be delivered to your doorstep in less than 2 hours.  Each of our online shop products has a simplified ‘directions for use’ guide to help you treat infestations more accurately for successful results.

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