Keep Rodents Out!
Rodents are pesky little creatures that love to hide in the many small spaces cities have to offer. In fact, in 2014 it was found that the rat population in New York City is 20% of the number of humans living there. In other words, there are 2 billion rats roaming around the city. Now that the weather is cooler, rodents become even more of a problem as they try to find food and shelter. Here are some tips on how to keep your hotel, restaurant, or facility rodent free!
The very first step in any rodent exclusion is to do a thorough examination of your facility inside and out. Tiny rodents such as mice or young rats can fit through holes as small as a dime, which means correctly getting rid of these entry points should be your first step.
Some methods to eliminate entry points include:
- Sealing cracks in the foundation
- Sealing gaps around utility pipe or electrical wire entrances
- Covering vents, attic louvers, and air vents
- Replacing weather-stripping around doors
- Installing metal kick plates on exterior doors
The next step is to sanitize the facility, eliminate potential food and shelter sources, and do routine inspections of the facility and its grounds.
After taking care of all the preventative measures, you should monitor the rodent activity. If you suspect there is still a rodent problem, the sooner you act, the better. One pair of mice can produce 200 offspring in just four months, so it’s easy for a simple couple of mice to turn into a full-blown infestation of rodents.
We suggest placing bait stations around the exterior of the building. These stations are helpful in monitoring rodent activity.
Getting rid of a rodent infestation is only half of the job. If you really want to put an end to your battle against rats and mice, then you need professional rodent exclusion techniques performed at your facility by an extermination company. Work with your pest management professional, such as RJS Pest Management, to determine what type of placements are needed. Mice and rats are prolific disease carriers, so they can be detrimental to a healthy working environment. Therefore, rodent control is crucial for the health of your customers and your employees as well as for your reputation.
While the above is important, it is also crucial to educate your employees on the signs of a rodent infestation.
These can include:
- Damaged food packaging
- Gnaw marks on walls and furniture
- Rodent droppings
- Grease markings on walls
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