As the owner of Akita pest control and being in the exterminating industry for 27 years starting on my 17th birthday I have always done commercial accounts. That means a lot of restaurants from NYC to central PA. It is my specialty to fix an issue in a restaurant when other pest control companies fail.
I wanted to write about odors. I have seen many food establishments go out of business and I believe that in some circumstances it is directly associated with odors. The human body is equipped to pick up on warning signals, there are many signals that warn us of danger. Some of these signals are easy to recognize and some are not so easy to pick up on. Odors can act as a protective warning signal to us and sometimes it is very easy to smell something bad such as rotting flesh or feces but sometimes we can not smell slight odors or might even grow used to an odors if for example you work in a place every day. This odor will become the normal for you but not for someone new entering the building. Some people such as customers, employees, contractors and even family will many times also be afraid to tell the owner or manager of odors because they will not want to insult them or maybe they think the owner must know when in fact the owner or other people are used to it.
Customers will slowly stop coming to a restaurant as these warning signals are picked up. They will most likely not even know why they do not like going to this food establishment anymore if the odor is very slight but there body is subconsciously telling them to stay away, there is danger here! This warning signal has been in our DNA since the beginning of time to keep us healthy.
These are some of the reasons for odors in a restaurant; Rat or mice urine and feces, dead rodents in the walls, roach droppings, sewer odors from cracked or open drain lines, grease build up, old food debris under equipment, dirty beer and soda drain lines or dishwasher lines, broken floor tiles or missing grout with wet food matter under it and many more.
Since I have worked in pest control my entire life I can sometimes walk into a building, apartment, home, or restaurant and immediately tell if they have a rodent, bedbug or roach problem by the smell I pick up. I would tell this to people and they would think I have lost my mind until I prove it. I have proved it over and over. Some of my technicians with many years of experience can also do the same.
Bobby, Akita Pest Control