The majority of people eating in a restaurant would go back to eating their meal after a fly touched and contaminated it, but almost no one would touch their food after seeing a cockroach crawling on it. The same kind of attitude is seen in staff and managers in the food-processing industry (“It’s just a fly, wave it away”), and it can cost them their business.
When the authorities shut down a local restaurant or a food processing unit, it’s usually because of rodents or cockroaches – seldom is the “innocuous” fly the reason a restaurant goes out of business. And yet, according to entomologists, filth-breeding flies (a term referring to several species of true flies of the order Diptera, including the four subspecies of Musca domestica, the house fly) are at least twice as filthy as cockroaches.
Due to their abundance (uncontrolled, they would cover the whole planet 18 inches deep in just one season), their close association with people, and their ability to transmit disease, filth flies are considered a bigger threat to human welfare than most other household or commercial pests.
Eating out is, for most of us, one of the most pleasant ways of spending time with friends and family while enjoying delicious freshly-cooked meals in a fancy décor. But such pleasant occasion can rapidly turn into a terrifying experience if you happen to stumble upon a fly in your soup or bite down on a cockroach baked into the crust of your pizza.
Flies, rats, cockroaches, weevils, ants, and other invaders are an absolute nightmare for restaurant and food service establishments. Heavy infestations can not only damage a brand’s image and cause significant financial losses, but also pose serious health risks to customers’ health and wellbeing.
Here we look at four of the most notorious pests found in restaurants and the damage they can cause when they’re no longer under control.
Cockroaches may be a staple of some countries’ cuisine, including China, Thailand, Mexico, and Japan, but the thought of putting the slimy bugs in one’s mouth makes most people cringe in disgust.