Breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day, and your hotel guests deserve the best.
Whether you are offering a breakfast buffet or a Michelin-starred dish to help your guests start their day off it is of the highest importance that both food preparation areas and dining areas should be kept pest free.
Food safety for hotels
Adhering to the necessary food safety standards and regulations is the most effective solution to prevent pests in your breakfast areas.
Food products prepared in kitchens for buffet areas can be prone to pests, such as rats, cockroaches and flies.
Complying with the correct hygiene standards can not only reduce the risk of food-borne infections but also help mitigate the risk of potential pest infestations.
You can prevent pests in breakfast areas by:
- Cleaning up food debris and spillages
- Following the correct hygiene procedures for kitchen utensils and cutlery
- Ensuring food preparation areas and dining areas are kept to a high standard of hygiene
Food refuge areas, such as waste bins and garbage disposal units, not only provide pests with a strong supply of food but also offer insects, such as flies, an ideal breeding ground.
As outlined in the food safety standards and regulations, food waste must be removed from all preparation and dining areas in a hygienic manner. Said waste must be stored in proficient containers that are not only emptied on a regular basis but are also easy to clean and come equipped with a tight-fitting lid to prevent the attraction of pests and also the spread of harmful pathogens.
The storage of food plays an important role in preventing pests in breakfast areas.
Both fresh and frozen products, as well as those that are stored in a pantry, need to be done so in a secure manner in areas that prevent the entrance of pests and also in airtight containers. This helps reduce inviting aromas which can attract pests as well as protect them from damages.
In a buffet setting, food needs to be displayed in such a manner which prevents pests. This can be done through the use of protective packaging around items, such as tea bags and sugar, as well as containers to keep confectionery and cooked items safe.
The final point relates to the food safety regulations around buildings and premises.
In order to effectively protect breakfast areas from pest infestations, businesses must ensure any and all potential entrance points for pests are sealed and covered.
This can include, but not limited to:
- Windows and doors
- Cracks in walls
- Drains and sinks
Regularly inspecting both food preparation and dining areas on a regular basis for any potential entry points and sealing them with products, such as expanding foam and wire mesh, can go a long way in keeping your breakfast areas free from pests.
Introducing Lumnia: An LED Electric Fly Killer
Sometimes adhering to the correct prevention methods, doesn’t always protect you 100% from pest infestations.
In order to effectively keep your breakfast areas completely pest free the assistance of a pest control professional is a must.
Rentokil’s new innovative pest control solution Lumnia is lighting the way in fly control. By harnessing the use of LED lights, our new fly killers provide a more environmentally sound solution to protect businesses from the pathogens spread by flies, making it the perfect solution for breakfast areas in hotels.
The Internet Of Things
The Internet of Things technology is already starting to make an impact on the hotel industry improving both guest experiences and hotel operations.
In this field of technology, Rentokil has developed an innovative system of connected pest control devices which can be used by hotels to ensure breakfast areas (as well as the whole premise) are kept pest free.
The PestConnect system provides hotels with continuous pest monitoring 24/7. It can help support hotels with securing their breakfast areas against pests by both detecting and trapping any potential pest infestations, and via connection to myRentokil, customers can review the data collected by the connected devices.