Rats and other rodents in the workplace are more than just an unsightly nuisance. They can contaminate your products, attract other parasites, transmit diseases, and risk causing your customers to shop elsewhere. Hiring commercial pest control services in Guelph may be necessary in order to mitigate these risks and maintain a pest-free environment.
Contamination of Products
The most obvious damage that a rat or rodent can cause is chewing through corners of packaged material. Rats and mice use paper and other soft materials to build their nests. They also hunt for food. Rats and mice have teeth that never stop growing. They have to keep gnawing and chewing in order to keep their teeth filed down. Anything that seems appealing will help them accomplish this evolutionary purpose.
But chewing is not the only way they contaminate your products. They also leave behind fur, urine, droppings, and saliva. After the liquids dry, they may not be visibly obvious anymore, but the fluids are still causing product damage such as discolouration and chemical contamination.
Bringing In Other Pests
Anytime wildlife comes into contact with humans, we also become a part of their food web. Rats and mice are often hosts for fleas, ticks, and mites. Humans can then become victims of these parasites as well. It may be difficult to see the microscopic vermin. Make an appointment for rat removal services and extermination to make sure that your workplace is pest-free.
Transmission of Diseases
Famously, the Bubonic plague of the 1300s was spread by infected fleas travelling on the backs of rats. Rats then travelled inside peoples’ homes and workplaces, and when the fleas bit people, they became infected as well.
Nowadays, we don’t expect a catastrophe of this nature, but the transmission process is similar. Ticks that travel on the backs of furry mice are a distinct problem for people due to Lyme disease. Lyme disease has no cure, can affect anyone, and causes chronic fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes.
The airborne pathogens caused by rodent droppings and urine are also a cause for concern. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is transmitted by mice and rats and is fatal to humans in about 36% of cases. If your employees are consistently calling in sick, consider the possibility that unseen viruses and bacteria may be present in your workplace due to rodents.
Potential Loss of Customers
There is no faster way to repel a new customer than to have them visit your business and see a rat or mouse. Worse still, they will probably their friends and family about it, and the bad publicity will spread. This is the worst type of word-of-mouth advertising!
Protect your reputation by fully inspecting your workplace for the presence of rodents. Look for gaps in baseboards, holes in the wall, gnawed areas, or rub marks. Check within dark cabinets and closets for nests or shredded fibres and wood shavings.
Eliminate their sources of food, water, and shelter. They are scared of us during the day and will usually avoid us, but their presence is certainly evident if you know what to look for.
Trustworthy Commercial Pest Control Services in Guelph
When you make an appointment for rodent control services at your workplace, we will:
- Assess property damage
- Locate all nests
- Trap and exclude all live rodents
- Clean and clear carcasses and droppings
- Seal potential entry points to avoid future infestations
You may be able to save millions of dollars per year by getting rid of rodents. Rely on Truly Nolen for training and education on pest management, routine follow-ups, and service audits. With over 75 years of scientific expertise, we know how to keep your business operating free and clear of rodents.