Mice and rats are extremely harmful to businesses, especially in large numbers. They are a major source of serious problems: the spread of disease, damage to buildings, negative impact on brand image, loss of customers.
This is why immediate action must be taken when an infestation occurs. In this article, we will explain what to do if your business is suffering from a rodent infestation.
Set traps in your business to control a rodent infestation
Placing traps is one of the most effective ways to control a mouse or rat infestation. However, this method should not be taken lightly: carefully read the instructions on how to use your traps and follow them to the letter to ensure that they are used correctly.
If you have uncovered traps, place them at right angles to the wall, with the end containing the bait against the wall. It is recommended to place one at every meter.
Naturally, we do not recommend setting traps in plain sight of your customers, as this could suggest that your business is suffering from an infestation. Since each business is different, a pest control expert should be used to determine strategic locations for setting traps.
Which bait should you use for your traps?
Many people use peanut butter to lure rodents, but it is generally not recommended for use in shops due to its allergenic potential. Choose pea butter instead, since it is hypoallergenic and attracts rodents just as well.
Is poison a good solution for managing rodent infestations?
The answer to this question depends on the type of business in question. If the infestation occurs in a restaurant, grocery store, or any other food-related business, we strongly advise against the use of rat poison. Rodents can spread it and contaminate food by eating it, which is extremely dangerous.
In addition, dead bodies are much harder to find when using poison, which can cause odour problems or an infestation of necrophagous insects. For this reason, setting traps is generally preferred, regardless of the business.
Call an exterminator to determine which strategy best suits your business. They are in the best position to advise you on how to effectively control rodent infestations.
Protect your business from rodent infestations
You can prevent a rodent infestation from happening again by following these tips. First, caulk windows, seal cracks and cover all ducts with a fine wire mesh: this will reduce the number of entry points to your business.
You should also make sure that your business’ waste is stored in a tightly sealed bin and keep the area clean. This will prevent you from attracting rodents and give your customers a good impression of your business. Water sources are also attractive, so solve your plumbing problems quickly.
Rodent infestation in your business: hire Elite Pest Control
If your business has a rodent problem, don’t wait and get help from a pest control expert. Only a professional has the skills required to manage pests quickly, efficiently and safely.
If you have a question about a rodent infestation or an emergency, contact our team of technicians today. Our experienced exterminators are trained to act quickly and discreetly.