While business owners in the food and hospitality industries are prone to receiving the most backlash from a commercial rodent infestation, the presence of mice and rats in any business is cause for concern. Preventing rodents from infiltrating your business is the easiest and most cost-effective form of commercial rodent control, but if you do end up facing a mouse or rat infestation, there are a few important things to know about rodent control for your business.
The first step to preventing rodents in your place of work is knowing what attracts them in the first place. Different species of rodents have different behaviors. House mice sneak into storage areas through small holes in the wall, while roof rats find their way indoors by using tree branches or cables to climb on top of buildings.
Although it’s easy to identify the differences between a mouse and a rat in regards to appearance, these two types of rodents are attracted to similar environments. Both rats and mice live outdoors but will sneak into buildings in search of food or shelter. Both are nocturnal and use their sharp teeth to gnaw through wires, chew holes in upholstered furniture, and destroy unsealed food. Additionally, these rodents leave droppings near areas they infest and will build their nests inside walls, above ceiling tiles, or among piles of clutter.
As soon as you spot rodent droppings or the sign of a rodent nest, you should take immediate action to control the infestation before it gets out of control. Why? A rodent infestation can cause major damage to your business and put your customers and employees at risk.
Mice and rats carry diseases in their feces, which can be easily transmitted to humans and cause illnesses, allergies, and food contamination. These diseases include hantavirus, rat lungworm, and plague and can cause intense poisoning if not treated immediately.
If a rodent infestation is a persisting problem for your business, it could have a lasting impact on your success. Many customers don’t respond well to seeing a mouse or rat while they’re in a place of business, and it won’t be long before the negative reviews start pouring in online.
Most states have legislation in place for businesses in the hospitality industry that neglect to maintain standard hygiene practices. Businesses are often required to routinely monitor the building for signs of a rodent infestation, and take immediate action if signs are spotted. Businesses that do not comply with these laws could face hefty fines or even closures.
Commercial rat traps are a well-known solution for killing and/or capturing pesky rodents. But how effective are they at treating an infestation? If you’ve spotted just one or two rodents in your office or building, these rat traps, which can also be used on mice, can solve the issue with relative ease.
There are three types of rat traps used commercially. One is a snap trap, which, when triggered by a rodent’s movements, will snap shut, effectively killing the pest. The second type of rat trap is a glue trap. The sticky surface of the glue trap stops the rodent as it scurries across the surface. Because rodents must continue moving to regulate their body temperature, glue traps cause mice and rats to die of hypothermia while stuck in the glue.
The third type of trap offers a more humane method but may be less effective long-term. Live traps are constructed of small containers, whose doors reactively close shut behind the rodent when they are lured into the container by bits of food. This method keeps the rodents alive but requires business owners to release the rodents back into nature. There’s no guarantee that these rodents won’t then find their way back into your business.
Overall, commercial rat traps can be useful for solving small rodent problems, but we don’t recommend them for larger rodent infestations. If you oppose the use of a commercial rat trap, peppermint oil is a natural alternative that, if used correctly, can repel mice away from your business. To use peppermint oil, soak multiple cotton balls in the oil and place around your office or work area. Replace multiple times a week or until there are no more signs of a rodent infestation. However, because this method is slow and less impactful than a commercial rodent treatment, it’s best used for businesses operating in small spaces.
Ultimately, the most effective course of action for eliminating a rodent infestation is to hire a pest control professional. At Aptive Environmental, our team of pest control technicians is highly-trained to provide tailored solutions for your business, keeping the size of your space and industry in mind. As soon as you spot the warning signs of a rodent infestation, schedule an appointment with a local technician. The extermination will take a few short hours, and with our Four Seasons Protection Program, we guarantee that if the rodents ever return, we’ll return, too.