Archive for the Kitchens Category
Posted on November 23, 2011 with No Comments
CBS News in and the New York Daily News both reported that a famous Brooklyn pizza place could reopen on Wednesday after it was shut down by the local health department for failing a health inspections. Di Fara Pizza, located in Brooklyn was given 67 points for code violations last week by the city because of food storage temperatures and signs of mice and flies.
On their facebook page, Di Fara Pizza has 7,072 friends as of Wednesday morning and many of their loyal customers are posting comments saying they cannot wait for the NY pizza place to reopen. One customer even posted on facebook that “Moved to NC 12 years ago and the thing I miss most about NY is Di Fara. Been going there from before I could see the top of the counter – not a just a fan since Zagat found you guys but since the 70s. Hate to hear about your troubles. Open back up soon please. I coming home for a visit. Dom could make my pizza in the clothes he just wore to clean out the sewer if he wants!”
The above story was posted to help educate commercial business owner’s in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that they should employ an Integrated Pest Management program to help avoid negative publicity.
Posted on November 8, 2010 with No Comments
With the cold approaching stink bugs are looking for somewhere to stay warm, and in Georgia the stink bugs are hitting hard. A University of Georgia researcher has determined that stink bugs are now present in at least 80 of the state’s 159 counties. These critters are experts in being able to get into the smallest of crevasses to keep their tiny bodies warm and away from the winter conditions.
Yet, when they do find themselves inside your residence, do not bother swatting or stepping on them. Their nickname, Stink bug, comes from the foul odor that is excreted when they are crushed. According to WSB news in Georgia, these bugs find themselves in the craziest of spots. “The stink bugs are showing up in the oddest places. They’ve overtaken a kudzu patch across the street from Gwinnett County’s Parkview High School. And a woman who lives on the 30th floor of a Midtown high rise found them in her rooftop garden and inside her condo.” Other areas include bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
If you do find yourself looking at a stink bug(s) get a vacuum out and suck them up, again crushing them will excrete a terrible smell. JP McHale Pest Management offers an Overwintering Insect program which will ensure these pests will not be staying in your home over the winter. Contact us today for a free needs analysis.
Posted on July 27, 2010 with 3 Comments
Earlier today the NY Post published an article that talks about the vendors in sports areas and how they are not up to the health code. ESPN surveyed 107 sports areas across the county and the results they found are disturbing. The Version Center in Washington, DC topped the list. 100% of the vendors inside the arena were cited with health violations. Madison Square Garden rated the worst among the New York stadiums with 61% of their vendors being cited. Yankee Stadium and Citi Field rated above MGS, but not by much. Yankee Stadium had 48% of their vendors cited and Citi Field had 45%. The health violations include inspectors finding mouse droppings and roaches in the area where food is being prepared. Many spectators were interviewed and most of them had the same response. They are going to continue to go to the sporting events, just going to think twice about getting a hot dog. The spectators are also angry at the fact that they pay good money to see the sporting event and feel the least that the stadium could do is provide them with a healthy food vendor. If you have dropping or cockroaches in your home or business, JP McHale can help. We are a Pest Control Company in Westchester New York that serves the tri-state area. Contact us by phone 800-479-2284, email, live chat, twitter, or facebook for an inspection!
Tags: Cockroaches, New York City, nyc, Rodent, Rodents, sports, vendor
Category: Commercial Pest Control, Crawling Insects, Insects, Kitchens, Pests
Posted on June 10, 2010 with 2 Comments
AOL.com published an article that describes an England scientist who likes to experiment with cockroaches to examine their behavior. The scientist recently conducted an experiment where he wanted to see if cockroaches’ behavior is social or independent. He wanted to see if cockroaches ate by themselves or in groups. To conduct this experiment he put two slices of food on opposite sides of a 1 x 1 meter box and observed which piece the cockroaches went to. He then formed groups of 50 to 200 cockroaches. In the small groups, there seem to be no preference to which piece they ate but in the larger group, the number was not evenly distributed. In some cases 65% of the roaches would gather around one piece. These results show that somehow the cockroaches communicate between one another and signal to each other that the food is good and everyone should get fed. In his next experiment, he wants to conduct the same experiment but one of the pieces of food will have poison on it to see if the cockroaches would be able to communicate to each other that the food was bad and they should not eat it. Cockroaches travel in groups so if you see one cockroach, there are most likely others. If you have a cockroach problem, contact us by phone 800-479-8422, email, live chat, facebook, or twitter. JPMcHale is one of the leading pest control companies in Westchester, New York.
Posted on February 24, 2010 with No Comments
A famous Los Angeles eatery, Philippes, has been shut down for a couple of days, due to a cockroach infestation. Philippes, which has been open for over 100 years and is famous for its French Dip, was inspected due to several complains. The restaurant has always done well during inspections, and when the county inspectors came and inspected it, it did receive a good score, in the low 90s. Even with the good score, the infestation forced a shut down. The restaurant was forced to fix the infestation, and when inspectors returned in a couple of days, they were to look and make sure the infestation was gone. Once they give the ok, Philippes would reopen.
Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal, and leave behind a chemical trail in their feces. Cockroaches are relatively large insects, and some carry about 40 eggs in each egg capsule they lay. Their life span is only about a year, however, in that time span, they lay up to 8 egg capsules. They feed on human and pet food, leave behind a poor odor and have a hissing sound. The fact that they feed on this food is one of the main reasons that they are such a problem for restaurants. Philippes isn’t the only place that has been hit by this pest, and certainly will not be the last.
Don’t let a cockroach infestation ruin your businesses reputation. Contact JP McHale for a free inspection and quote of your establishment. We are also able to service chain restaurants across the country with our partnership with Copesan.
We heard about this story from the LA Times.
Posted on February 10, 2010 with 2 Comments
Chinatown restaurants in Ottawa, Ontario Canada are struggling to keep its restaurants up the Ontario’s Health Standards. 23 of the 42 restaurants in the district have been found to have non-critical infractions that affect food safety. However, 18 of the 42 have been found to have critical infractions. What has caused these infractions? Cockroaches and Mice have been rampant in these restaurants. Cockroaches and Mice have used the large areas and the big staff to make these new restaurants their home. What makes Cockroaches so concerning is the fact that they can hold up to 40 eggs, so when they give birth, there is another 40 possible Cockroaches coming. Mice have also been linked to infesting restaurants for many years.
It isn’t just the lower rung of restaurants having this problem. For example, Chu Shing, the largest restaurant on the block, and may be the most popular restaurant in the area, has been hit. Chu Shing has line that are notoriously long just to get into the place. Waits of up to a half hour isn’t an unusually occurence. However, Chu Shing has been hit with a Cockroach problem. They have a pest control company come about every 2 weeks. After getting hit with a bunch of critical and non-critical infractions, the popular restaurant got the all important word that it was clean from infractions. The district has made its restaurants go through a safety training, and all that have taken it has passed. However, even with the training, cockroaches and mice continue to linger around these restaurants, and its going to be hard to get rid of all of them.
Don’t let infractions like this put your restaurant in jeopardy of closure. Contact JP McHale’s Commercial and Industrial service department fora free inspection and a custom Integrated Pest Management plan for your establishment.
Information from the Ottawa Citizen was used in this article.
Tags: Canada, closures, Cockroaches, commercial pest management, IPM, Mice, ottawa, restaraunts
Category: Cockroaches, Crawling Insects, Food, Integrated Pest Management, Kitchens, Mice, Rodent
Posted on January 13, 2010 with No Comments
Recently a sushi bar’s health permit was revoked due to cockroaches being found inside the cash register, in the motor of the freezer and even ON THE BAR. Running a restaurant in this way is simply unacceptable. Sanitation should be top priority in food establishments.
After a follow up inspection, the sushi bar’s heath permit was reinstated, however the health inspector pointed out that there were still cockroaches in and under the cash register. JP McHale services countless restaurants in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. We worth directly with the owners and managers to formulate an Integrated Pest Management plan to keep the establishment clean and pest free. After even one health violation your restaurant’s reputation can be ruined forever. Take precautions and give us a call today.
Posted on January 6, 2010 with 1 Comment
The well know airline caterer LSG Sky Chefs was recently investigated and the Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the company citing many unsanitary and disgusting things going on in Sky Chefs’ Denver kitchen. The last time Sky Chefs had problems with the FDA was back in 1996. Sky Chefs’ main clients are Delta, American and United Airlines.
“According to an FDA letter to the company, inspectors who examined the Denver facility found live and dead roaches “too numerous to count” in several areas of the kitchen, including at least 40 live insects in the silverware station.
The FDA said inspectors saw employees touching food with bare hands or while wearing unwashed gloves. They also noted problems with the building, including water dripping from the ceiling into utensil-cleaning areas and holes in walls that could house insects or vermin.”
Sky Chefs’ said they fired their general manager and head chef, they claim that they are fully complying with the FDA and plan to open the kitchen back up soon. ABC first reported about this .
Posted on December 23, 2009 with No Comments
On Monday, A popular University of Toronto Pizzeria named “Cora Pizza” was shut down after an inspector showed up after complaints of rat droppings. The city inspectors found “more than one” dead rat and rat droppings. This pizzeria has been on Toronto’s watch list since March of 2009. Even though this violation occurred in Canada, the same health inspections are done here in the United States. Keeping a clean eatery should be on the top of the list for business owners and a pest management professional should be on call and on schedule to service the establishment more than once a month.
Rats and poor sanitation should not become the reason why a shop is forced to closed, and ruin the reputation of a business forever. If you are an owner of a restaurant or food plant, and do not currently have a pest management professional, please call JP McHale Pest Management. Our inspectors will walk through your entire establishment with you and create a custom pest management plan to prevent your establishment from ever running into an issue like this Canadian pizzeria ran into. We have an entire Commercial Pest Management Department to cater to your needs.
Canoe.ca reported this closure first.
Posted on November 17, 2009 with No Comments
It is easy for most people to take for granted the cleanliness of both restaurants and food processing plants, and they should. Yet, over and over again we see closings and bankruptcies due to the presence of pests. Whether it’d be rodents or cockroaches or even just ants, pests have been ruining business because of their dirty infestations. Pest control is a number one priority for households, commercial buildings, food processing plants, and of course restaurants. While for households it is a nasty problem that has to be dealt with, it won’t shut down your business as it would for a restaurant. The reason for this is because a clean restaurant/food processing plant is the backbone of their business. If word comes out that your restaurant has pest control problems then patrons will not show up to have dinner. Reputation is a factor for success for many different businesses/workers, but once again it is elevated for businesses that are involved with the selling/distribution of food. The last thing a restaurant needs is for the word to leak about a cockroach infestation; pest infestations will not only temporarily shut down your business but most likely run it into the ground.
Pest related violations account for 95% of restaurant shutdowns! Contact JP McHale for a free needs analysis of your establishment.
Tags: Ants, Cockroaches, commerical pest control, food plant, rest, Restraunt Pest Control, Rodents
Category: Commercial Pest Control, Crawling Insects, Flying Insects, Food, Integrated Pest Management, Kitchens, Rodent