Keeping Your Restaurant In Compliance With New York State
Restaurant Inspection Resources
The grade your restaurant receives is more than a letter. The grade represents your brand and your reputation. It is about your commitment to your customers and your commitment to good, clean food. Due to the significant amount of importance that the city, state and consumers place on this grade, scoring well translates into positive reviews, loyal customers and more business. Standard Pest Management is happy to provide you with tips and resources to contribute to your restaurant’s success. For more tips and information, you can visit our blog and browse the NYC Dept. Of Health website.
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What you need to Know
The NYC Department of Health prohibits roaches, mice, rats and even flies from dwelling in food establishments because these pests can spread diseases and sicknesses. For consumer safety, restaurants must maintain a clean and orderly environment that will not attract pests and immediately exterminate any pests that are found. Any practices and conditions that lead to pests must be discontinued and eliminated.
What Restaurant Inspectors look for:
- Evidence of Rodents (mice or rats) or live Rodents present in the facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
- Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas
- Filth flies or food/refuge/sewage-associated flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas
- Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist
The Food Establishment Inspection
Here are the measures inspectors take when searching for evidence of live pests in a restaurant. You can simulate these steps to look for any issues so you can treat them and be able to do well on your actual inspection.
- Look for live roaches, rats, mice and flies. Use a flashlight to look in dark areas including under and behind equipment where pests are likely to hide.
- Crouch down to examine areas that are otherwise hard to see.
- Check food storage areas and food containers.
- Look in sinks, floor drains and garbage areas.
Evidence of rats and mice
- Look for rat and mouse droppings.
- Rat droppings are typically a ¼ to ½ inch in length and capsule-shaped with blunt ends.
- Mouse droppings are generally about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long and rod-shaped.
- Search for rat and mouse grease tracks along walls.
- A rat’s track will generally be ¾ of an inch to an inch above the floor and may be accompanied by a track on the floor made by a dragging tail.
- A mouse’s wall track will typically be 3/8 of an inch above the floor or less.
- Check any holes for gnaw marks.
- Holes gnawed by rats are usually about 2 inches or more in diameter with rough edges.
- Mice gnaw small, clean holes about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
- Depending on the establishment’s location, check the outside area around the establishment for rat burrows.