Rodentologists and other pest experts across the country speculate that rat populations are higher now than they have been at any point in the past decade. Rats are not just a nuisance, they are a serious threat to business owners. And, with winter right around the corner, these pests are on their way into your facilities.
The arrival of colder temperatures signals impending rodent invasions as they scurry to find warmth. While all commercial facilities are subject to increased rodent exposure during this time, particular locations can be more at risk than others, such as businesses in rural areas or waterfront properties, because of the abundance of food and shelter. Without a commercial pest management program in place, rodents can easily and quickly overtake your facilities.
First, Understanding Rodents.
Rodents, such as mice and rats, are known for carrying of a vast amount of illnesses and bacteria. Their droppings can spread bacteria, contaminate food, and even increase allergic symptoms. Rodents can gnaw through drywall, insulation, wood and even electrical wiring which increases the risk of fires. Rodents can enter structures through the tiniest of holes. Mice can fit through openings as small as a pencil eraser and rats can fit through openings the size of a dime.
The best way to prevent a rodent infestation this winter is to remove food sources, water, and other items that provide shelter for rodents. The help of a professional pest management provider is highly recommended to ensure all areas are adequately protected, however preventing pests is a team effort – your vigilance in recognizing potential problems can minimize and prevent damaging pest activity and there are a number of simple steps you can take to accomplish this.
- Identify any current rodent problems – mice droppings, chewed wires, nesting, and wall gaps
- Perform a thorough inspection of your facility:
- Check the roof, including rafters, gables, and eaves
- Check around windows and doors – make sure to look under doors
- Check the foundation for holes, cracks or gaps
- Check holes for electrical, cable, plumbing, etc.
- Check vents – especially ground level, attic and crawl spaces
- Check near elevator shafts for openings or current rodent hangouts
- Check toilets – yes, toilets, as sometime rodents may end up here after coming through the plumbing lines
- Seal any exterior gaps or holes – remember even a pencil eraser-sized hole is an open invitation for rodents
- Repair or replace damaged vent screens
- Trim trees and bushes to at least 4 feet from the roof
- Clean up any food items after use – do not leave out overnight
- Remove all food items from workstations
- Keep garbage receptacles sealed and the areas around them clean and free of debris
Protect Your Brand.
Keep your business rodent-free. There are a variety of reasons for an increase in rodent populations within commercial properties. Once the weather turns to a hard frost or freeze, rodent efforts to move indoors are a certainty. Contact Copesan’s pest management specialists to discuss additional rodent control to prepare against winter rodent invasion.