Keep Roaches Away - Hints Around Your Kitchen

5:06 PM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - Inspectors have dinged a restaurant for dirty floors underneath and behind equipment. Chef and culinary technology instructor at GTCC Keith Gardiner tells why even a little grease is a big "come on in and eat" sign to roaches.

"Food particles underneath the equipment is the main problem providing a place for rodents and insects to find food," he said. "Roaches can eat the grease you know."

Gardiner says one of the best things to do is design a kitchen with wheels underneath cabinets.

"I've been at restaurants back in the day that didn't have that and cleaning was such an issue.  You almost have to get a hose and spray and it is just a challenge," he said. "Whoever does the cleaning at night, when they're cleaning the line, they should bend over, sweep underneath there, get a broom that will reach under the equipment easy. You don't have to pull the equipment out if that's what you have. We try to do that once a week, once a month depending on how it looks but sweeping, every night."

That violation can cost restaurants as much as one point.

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