Restaurant Pests: Learn the Most Common Types

Find out which pests could be lurking in your commercial kitchen


Kitchens of all kinds are a common target for pests of all kinds. Unfortunately for restaurant owners, this includes restaurant kitchens, which presents safety hazards and other negative implications. Here’s what you should know about the most common types of restaurant pests and how they can affect both your customers and your bottom line.


The most common restaurant pest, cockroaches need the food and water available in a kitchen to survive. Cockroaches spread bacteria and other pathogens through their feces or by coming in contact with your kitchen’s surfaces after walking through sewage or other contaminated areas. These pests are known to cause allergies, asthma, and other illnesses.

Fruit Flies

Besides being an annoying nuisance and unsightly eyesore, fruit flies also spread pathogens wherever they exist. They reproduce rapidly and often appear in large numbers. Whenever they land on a surface, they regurgitate their digested food, which means your customers are getting a dose of bacteria that they didn’t order. This poses a health risk that can even lead to serious illnesses.

Mice and Rats

Like cockroaches, mice and rats seek out restaurant kitchens as an easy source of food and water. Once they make their way inside, they spread germs through their feces, urine, and hair. Rodents pose a number of negative health risks to your customers. And, if they’re ever spotted, their presence can have a negative impact on your business.

Prevent Restaurant Pests

  • The key to preventing restaurant pests is simple: keep your kitchen clean. Sanitize and clean every surface in your prep area to eliminate potential food sources for rodents and cockroaches.
  • Take out the trash often for the same reason.
  • Clean spills immediately.
  • If your pest problem has spiraled out of your control, you can also call a pest control expert like Resolution Pest. So give us a call today at 610-337-7378 to find out how our experienced pest professionals can help keep your restaurant pest-free.

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