Cleaning to prevent Cockroaches

Tips for Cockroach Prevention

Cockroaches are generally brought into restaurants and food service facilities with deliveries, supplies, or even employee belongings. Some species can travel between and enter buildings through drain/sewer pipes. Once they are in, they survive when food and water are available. They reproduce rapidly and thrive in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices that offer warmth and humidity. 



What You Can Do To Prevent Cockroaches

There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent entry of cockroaches and other pests:

  • Inspection of Incoming Goods – Check all deliveries for any sign of pest presence and refuse those that show any evidence of contamination.
  • Structural Modifications – Repair and seal gaps and cracks through which pests can enter. Maintain door seals and screens to keep pests out.
  • Sanitation –Limit pest access to food and water by thoroughly cleaning food spills, grease and other debris from floors, counters, cook tops, and other surfaces. Maintain garbage areas, repair leaky faucets and pipes, and clean drains.
  • Notify Your Pest Management Provider – If you see cockroaches or other pests, notify your pest service company right away.

More Resources

Dangers of Cockroaches on Food

The Dangers of Cockroaches

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A type of common cockroach

Types of Cockroaches

Learn about common species of cockroaches most commonly found in commercial kitchens and food handling facilities.

How cockroaches spread disease

Diseases Spread by Cockroaches

They are known transmitters of diseases.