When many of us think of a rat or mouse making an unwanted appearance, we typically imagine this scenario: A horrified homeowner sees a mouse, then jumps on a coffee table and screams until a braver member of the household arrives and shoos the varmint outside. But mice and rats are just as likely to invade businesses as they are homes, and they can cause just as much damage.
How do rodents hurt businesses?
Rodents are dangerous pests that need to be eliminated. Rodents can carry illness and disease which can threaten the health of your customers and staff and can even lead to health code violations. In addition to causing safety concerns, your brand and reputation are at-risk.
Rodents can also cause structural damage. They can break into and ruin any unsecured food, and chew or damage materials or inventory. They’ll even chew on drywall, pipes, and electrical wires, which can cause electrical outages, flooding, and more.
Since rats and mice are attracted to food, dining establishments are especially vulnerable to rodent infestations. Just a few morsels of food left in the open are enough to grab their attention, which could lead to some unfortunate consequences for a restaurant owner. A rat scurrying under a table or across a customer’s foot will surely kill appetites and can even lead to unhappy online reviews.
But other businesses can suffer too. Banks, corporate offices, and even the most upscale hotels can experience infestations. Even retail isn’t immune to the harm of infestation. Rodents love chewing on boxes and fabric, making retail an easy target for their destruction. Rats can destroy merchandise, forcing management to replace it.
How can I prevent infestations?
Luckily, a few practical measures can help keep these destructive creatures out of your business:
- Seal up: Look for gaps or holes inside and outside your business, especially around doors, any basements or attics, under doors, and around windows. Use caulk, metal sheeting, steel wool, hardware, or cement to seal the holes you find.
- Clean up: Keep any food in thick metal or plastic containers with tight lids. Keep any compost bins as far away from your building as you can, 100 feet or more if possible.
It’s also important to know the signs of an infestation already in progress:
- Strange noises: That scurrying sound in the walls and ceiling could be the start of a rodent problem. It usually means that a family of rodents has moved in.
- Rub marks or tracts: As rats follow the trail between their nest and their food, they often leave dirt or dark grease marks along floorboards and walls. These marks, which are caused by rats’ oily fur, are a telltale sign of an infestation.
- Nesting: If you see dried plant material or shredded fabric or paper, you’re probably looking at the home of a rodent.
Don’t let rodents hurt your bottom line. If your business has an infestation of any kind, Schendel rodent control service can let these harmful vermin know it’s closing time. Contact us today to get started.