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Impact German Cockroaches Have On Business

You would think that, in America, the American cockroach would be the most significant cockroach threat to restaurants. But the cockroach every restaurant owner should fear most is the German cockroach. This is a small-sized roach species that can get into places other roaches can’t, and one that is able to survive quite well inside man-made structures. In fact, the German cockroach is so well adapted to living with humans it is considered one of the most established insects in the entire world. Here are 5 reasons no restaurant should have German cockroaches.


The words: “Closed due to a major public health hazard,” are used far too often when related to German cockroaches and restaurants. When cockroaches are found during inspections, it is never good. At best, it can lead to an increase in the number and frequency of government inspections. At worse, it can lead to the suspension of a restaurant’s health permit and a closure of the business. While a closure is something a restaurant can recover from, the bad press associated with a cockroach closure can put a restaurant on the dirty dining list, indefinitely. 

Employee Morale

We often think about customers when discussing the impact of cockroaches in a restaurant environment, but roaches can affect employees as well. When German cockroaches flood out of a break room outlet and scurry across a table or counter, it can be demoralizing for employees. Cockroach sightings of any kind drive employee morale down, and that low morale has consequences to the bottom line of any restaurant. 


German cockroaches are linked to the spread of many human pathogens. Illnesses that can arise from these roaches include salmonellosis, dysentery, gastroenteritis, cholera, typhoid fever, giardia, and more. When German cockroaches taint food items, utensils, cooking surfaces, plates, and other items, it can impact the health of both customers and employees, leading to an increase in employee absenteeism, and a loss of customer business. Neither of which is good for any restaurant. 

Bad Reviews

We live in the age of technology. There was a time when a cockroach sighting could get lost in the noise of everyday life. After having a bad experience at a restaurant, a customer would go home and complain to family and friends, but that was usually where it ended. In today’s world of smartphones and online review sites, one person can affect the dining choice of thousands. While some people will shrug off a review that mentions a cockroach sighting, many will not. And as bad reviews stack up, a restaurant can lose traction for their brand.

In our South Carolina service area, cockroaches are a serious threat for restaurants. Whether you have a German cockroach infestation, or an infestation of some other kind of roach, you can trust the experts here at Spencer Pest Services to get those cockroaches out, and keep them out. We’ll also protect your business from all of the other pests that can spread disease, damage your brand, and hurt your bottom line. 

What can you expect from Spencer Pest Service? 

  • Results. We make sure your business is free from insects, rodents, and wildlife by creating a customized pest program that directly targets the pest pressures that threaten your specific business. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all program.
  • Routine Inspections. You can expect a professional and thorough inspection every time you get a visit from your technician.
  • Fixed Appointments. We show up when we say we’re going to show up so that you are never inconvenienced. If we don’t, your service call is free.
  • Same Day Service. If you see signs of pests, you don’t have to wait for a service call. We’ll dispatch someone to your business the same day you call.
  • Paperless Accounting. Our team uses state-of-the-art technologies to give you up-to-the-minute information about the status of your pest service. 

For more information, or to talk about establishing a pest program for your restaurant, reach out to us today. We look forward to serving you.