Winter is coming, and so are the Rodents!

    

Rodents infestationAs the warmer days slip away, and winter crawls into everyday life, so does the rodent population. They scurry into your business seeking out the heavenly smells of food, while searching for a dry, warm environment to start their nests. Carrying diseases and bacteria, these little four legged creatures with a snout and a tail can contaminate surface areas around your business, making it a perfect cocktail of potential sick days.

Without proper prevention or control, rodents can cause substantial damage to your workplace. Stock damage, fire and electrical risk, and product recalls can be costly, and cause damage to your business’ reputation.

Let me tell you more about Rodents:

These fickle pests have several characteristics that put them at the top of the list of unwanted guests.

They are curious in their explorations of your office, with a love for new terrains, cords, pipes and false floors. These spaces are considered a mice highway, as they provide a direct line to your electrical wires, computer networks, and other warm, dry spaces to set up nests. Mice and rats will scurry along searching for food, and in a 24 hour period, can find up to 40 feeding places.

Rodents are focused on increasing their brood, with a female mouse producing a litter of up to 16 mice monthly. This means a family of mice living in your walls are constantly reproducing and nesting in multiple parts of your office.

Protecting against these pests is not a simple DIY job. Due to their flexible skeletal frames, a mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of your pinky finger, while a rat is able to squeeze through a hole the size of your thumb. They are also agile and can jump up to 24 cm in height.

They are a tireless inconvenience in their quest for food and new nesting sites, with mice travelling up to 1 km a day. With tiny little legs, this is a vast distance. In a rodent’s journey from place to place, they leave a trail of droppings, with an average of 80 droppings produced in a day. This will be a key indicator that you have a rodent infestation.

These gnawing little vermin are adaptable to most environments and can easily move in the dark. They also only need up to 3g of food a day, not a lot for a creature always on the move.

 

Give me a sign:

These unwanted guests living and breeding in your office are easy to spot if you know the signs to look out for:

  • Droppings: a trail of droppings in your office are a clear sign. Check your office cupboards and kitchen areas.
  • Rub Marks: these are dirty marks left behind when the rodents rub against a hard surface.
  • Tracks: a quick trick to spot track marks is to place some powder on the floor in the kitchen overnight, close to the edges of bench/cupboards. If you come in to find little footprints, you know you have unwanted guests visiting your business.
  • Smell: rodents leave a trail of urine which leaves a distinct smell.
  • Gnaw Marks: they love to gnaw on hard things and will gnaw to gain access to food.

 

Rodent Track Marks

These pesky creatures will quickly make your business their home, so watch out for the signs, and give it its summary dismissal with Rentokil.

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