3 Steps to a Smooth Health Inspection

Is an impending health inspection making you and your restaurant staff a little nervous? That’s a normal feeling even if you work diligently to keep your kitchen, bathrooms, and dining areas as clean as possible. That’s because pests like ants and rats can ruin your reputation even if there were no signs of their presence leading up to a visit from the health inspector. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can follow to make your next inspection go smoothly.

1. Store Food Properly and Remove Hiding Spots

Pests are on the constant search for food, so keeping your produce, meat, grains, and other items away from their reach is crucial. Not only will pests attempt to get at the food already in your restaurant, but they will occasionally stow away on incoming shipments. That means you need to carefully examine both your regular food stores and boxes that come in from your vendors.

Use a first in, first out strategy to avoid rotting food attracting flying insects like flies. Pests are also interested in warm and dark places for shelter, so make sure you avoid creating these kinds of conditions with piled up boxes or supplies.

2. Examine the Exterior of Your Building

Keeping pests out of a restaurant in Puerto Rico can be difficult because of the lush surrounding environment. Pests living in trees and bushes near your location will look for shelter in or near your property if given the opportunity. By creating a firewall around your perimeter, you can prevent most pests from entering your property. This means avoid stacking boxes, pallets, or other containers near your exterior wall, and make sure to sweep up leaves and other organic debris away from the property. If you notice something like an ant hill, mosquito nest, or bee hive, you can hire a commercial pest control professional to come and deal with the problem.

3. Perform a Pre-Inspection

All of the paperwork that health inspectors use to evaluate restaurants is public information, so you can perform your own inspection by getting those documents from the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources or from a previous report. By following the same steps as a government inspector, you’ll know exactly which areas you need to carefully evaluate. In addition, you can hire a local commercial pest control company to examine your property thoroughly to ensure there are no problems before a government inspector arrives.

Keeping pests out of your restaurant should be an ongoing daily process. By constantly monitoring your food storage, examining incoming shipments, checking your exterior for problems, and thoroughly cleaning your spaces, you can deal with infestations before they get out of control.

Even if a health inspector decides your restaurant can stay open, a low score can ruin your reputation in the community, so being diligent is key. If you have more questions about how to make your next health inspection go smoothly, please give us a call at Oliver Exterminating for valuable information. We have commercial pest control experts ready to serve your business.


Leave Beehive Removal to the Professionals

Puerto Rico has beautiful weather year round. All that sunshine does wonders for the flowers here too—the Puerto Rican hibiscus is the state flower and its big, gorgeous red petals always steal the show.

All of those flowers can mean another thing (aside from tourists)—bees. When everything is working in harmony, bees provide the pollination that plants and flowers need to reproduce and bees, in turn, pick up some pollen and nectar along the way.

Everyone’s happy! So, what’s the problem? Well, for one thing, a beehive on your property…

Because a beehive can pose a danger to you and your family, you might consider professional beehive removal on your property and safely having the beehive transferred away.

Reasons to Hire a Professional

A bee sting is nothing to scoff at as the average person can only tolerate about 10 stings per pound of body weight. Even just one or two stings, though, can cause a lot of discomfort and ruin your whole day.

If you’re allergic to bee stings, then having a beehive on your property is another matter altogether. Someone allergic to bee stings might experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, trouble breathing, and severe swelling.

Even if you know how to remove a beehive on your own and know the right clothing to wear, there’s still a huge risk that something could go wrong and that you could accidentally end up provoking a swarm of bees.

  • Experience and Preparation

A professional pest control expert will have removed beehives from hundreds of homes in Puerto Rico before and know what to expect. For starters, a pest removal expert will know what kind of clothing to wear and how to behave to avoid upsetting the bees.

A pest control professional will come to your residential or commercial property at a time of your choosing and tackle the challenge of beehive removal and relocating a beehive away from your property.

The first thing that you’ll notice is that pest control professionals wear light, smooth clothing when removing beehives. Why? Because dark colors tend to provoke bees, and rough clothing can do the same. You definitely don’t want that!

Pest control specialists wear veils to keep bees from stinging their face or getting in their line of sight. They also wear puncture-proof leather gloves to avoid getting stung as they go about beehive removal.

  • Safe Relocation Away From Your Property

Did you know that when thousands of bees get together to form a giant beehive and a huge network of honeycombs, that you could be talking about more than one hundred pounds of honey in a single hive?

While a lot of people think one hundred pounds of honey sounds pretty tasty, one hundred pounds is also hard to move.

Imagine how much harder it would be to move that one hundred (or more) pounds if you have to worry about getting the beehive out of a tricky location (e.g., under a porch or within a wall).

Even if you can easily access the beehive and it’s on a tree branch, using a ladder while wearing a veil and beehive-removal gear would still be quite a challenge. It might not be safe to attempt to remove a beehive on your own.

A honey beehive can be quite heavy and bumble bees can be incredibly aggressive when threatened.

If you’re dealing with a beehive in your home or workplace, then you should definitely contact a pest control company before trying to plug up the entry points or remove the hive yourself. Leave beehive removal to the professionals.