As a restaurant owner, the last thing you want to see crawling around your kitchen is a creepy family of cockroaches.
After all, it’s been said that hardy cockroaches will inherit the earth if nuclear warfare was to wipe out mankind.
This (kind of) legend emerged after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in 1945, with cockroaches among the only survivors.
In an effort to test this theory, the MythBusters team carried out studies on German cockroaches, subjecting them to three levels of metal cobalt 60. The test begun with an initial exposure of 1,000 radon units (rads), a dose capable of killing a human being in just 10 minutes.
This was quickly followed by 10,000 rads – for comparative purposes, gamma rays at Hiroshima emitted radioactive of 10,000 rads – and 100,000 rad exposures on groups of unsuspecting German roaches.
One month later, 50 per cent of the roaches exposed to 1,000 rads were still alive, 10 per cent of those given a blast of 10,000 rads were still scuttling, while none of the insects subjected to 100,000 rads survived.
But what do these tests help to demonstrate?
It shows that cockroaches can be an incredibly difficult pest to deal with, which is why, with a deadly dose of radiation is missing from your cleaning cupboard, prevention is better than cure when it comes to keeping your eatery insect free.
To get off to the best of starts, it’s important all food preparation areas in your premises are deep cleaned periodically, in order to maintain a high standard of hygiene AND comply with relevant legislation.
Here at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, our experts are on hand to ensure your kitchen is gleaming, with all floors, walls, ceilings, lights and fittings thoroughly cleaned, which will also help prolong the life of your expensive equipment.
Fancy finding out more? Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the team – we’d be delighted to help.