Effective pest management requires problem solving. Once a pest infestation has been established, pest management professionals must inspect the building to identify what the pest is attracted to and how they are gaining access to the facility. The answers to these questions will drive the strategy the technician implements to solve the pest issue.

However, rodents can be sneaky, and it isn’t always easy to figure out how they are getting inside. Pest management professionals are continually learning more about rodent behavior and developing strategies to identify their points of entry and exclude populations.

These five lessons offer advice for aiding pest prevention efforts at your business.

1. Follow the Trail

Rodent droppings can be the key to solving infestations, as they are what often lead pest management technicians to entry points and nesting sites. Train your employees to notify you or the technician of any rodent dropping sightings. The droppings should then be promptly cleaned up and continually monitored.

2. Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Inspecting walls and corners are crucial actions in handling rodent infestations. Technicians are unable to locate and exclude rodent activity if there aren’t clear lanes for inspection. Stockrooms that are cluttered high with old boxes and products can keep technicians from completing a thorough inspection. Clutter also makes it easy for pests to travel without being detected.

3. Don’t Disregard Unusual Points of Entry

Holes in the wall, open doors, and cracks and crevices are all common entry points for rodents. However, if you are experiencing rodent activity and none of these common points seem to be the issue, there may be something you noticing.

For example, if your restaurant has a drive-through, it likely has a sign with wires that connect back to the inside of your building. If there is a hole in the sign, it could be allowing rodents to use those wires as an entryway into your building.

If your building has recently undergone construction there could be new openings that have gone unnoticed. Be sure to always make note of any changes in your building, even if it may seem minor, and report those to your pest management professional to ensure they aren’t contributing to pest pressures.

4. The Exterior is Just as Important

As we make our way through the winter months, areas not affected by harsh winter weather still need to be on alert. Colder temperatures can often cause rodents to seek shelter indoors, increasing their presence inside of buildings. You’ll want to ensure that the exterior of your building is not allowing rodents in. The exterior should be checked regularly for cracks in walls or the foundation, openings around windows or doors, torn screens, or damaged vents. Talk to your technician about any of these areas of concern as they can allow rodents into your building.

5. Check Your Insulation

When it comes to drop ceilings, access is a crucial piece to your technician’s inspection as rats will often nest in these spaces, or use pipes concealed behind the tiles to travel. However, to conduct an effective inspection, there can’t be anything prohibiting access. For example, if there is insulation sitting directly on top of the ceiling tiles, the technician will not be able to inspect or set traps. This complicates the ability to find nesting sites and treat any issues.

If you have questions about rodent prevention or would like to learn more about how Copesan can help you in your prevention efforts, please contact us!