How Rodent & Roach Odors Affect the Restaurant Business

By bobbyleon 5 years ago
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I’ve been in the exterminating industry since 1988 (I started on my 17th birthday). In that time, I have worked for many commercial accounts, including restaurants from New York City down to Central PA. My expertise is correcting restaurant pest odor and other pest issues for restaurants when other pest control companies fail.

Restaurant dining room

I have seen many food establishments go out of business because of issues related to pest odors. The human body is equipped to pick up on warning signals 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 warning signal to protect us. Sometimes it is very easy to smell (rotting flesh or feces) while some times we can not smell slight odors or might even grow used to an odor. While the offensive odor is normal for you, it might smell offensive to someone entering the building for the first time.

Loyal diners, staff, contractors, and even family might be afraid to tell the owner or manager about the odor issue because they don’t want to insult them or they think the owner must know about it, when in reality, the owner is nose-blind to the smell.

Customers will slowly stop coming to a restaurant as they pick up on these odorous warning signals. 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 their body is subconsciously telling them to stay away. This warning signal has been in our DNA since the beginning of time to keep us healthy.

What Causes Odors in Restaurants?
Here are a few common sources of offensive odors in restaurants:

  • 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
  • Missing grout with wet food matter under it

I’ve worked in pest control my entire life. When I walk into a building, apartment, home, or restaurant I immediately know if there’s a rodent, bedbug, or roach problem by the smell. When I share this information, most people don’t believe me until I prove it. And I have proven it over and over. Some of my technicians with many years of experience can do the same.

Bobby, Owner
Akita Pest Control

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