For the most part, people don’t want to come into the office and see mice or rats running around. Rodents, on the other hand, are more than just a nuisance to business owners to consider. If your company is not careful, it could have serious financial and legal repercussions. Infestation by rodents can harm your business in a number of ways.
Damage to Your Home or Property
Rodents, such as mice, have teeth that are constantly growing. For this reason, rodents must find something to gnaw on in order to wear down these teeth. Unfortunately, if one of these critters lives in your building, it may choose electrical wires, furniture, and even walls as its chew toy. In addition to damaging your property, this could also lead to fires and other electrical system issues.
Damage to Customer Confidence
If customers see rodents or other evidence of an infestation on your property, your company’s reputation could be severely damaged. For businesses that prepare or serve food, this situation is even more damaging because no one wants to eat rat-infested food. Having a blemish on your reputation can only get worse in the age of social media, as word of the infestation spreads like wildfire.
An infestation of rodents in food intended for customers or employees could lead to the spread of disease and the loss of valuable inventory. In addition to being omnivorous, rodents are excellent at finding new food sources.
Because rodents are known to be messy, it is possible that they will contaminate food supplies with urine and droppings. It’s possible that people who consume products that have been contaminated with these pathogens will become infected with anything from leptospirosis to lymphocytic choriomeningitis to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome to salmonellosis. Food-related businesses could be forced to close their doors if inspectors find evidence of rats or mice.
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Consequences for Your Health
Mice and rats can spread disease in other ways, too, if they are present in your business. People have been bitten by rats, for example, on a very rare occasion. There are many diseases that can result from rat-bite bites, including rat-bite fever and several others. It is possible to contract rat-bite fever even from a rat’s scratch on the arm, leg, or back.
Rodent urine and droppings can contaminate air and dust, and people can become ill as a result of this exposure. This can make it difficult to safely clean up after these creatures.
Stop the Spread of Insects Immediately.
An infestation is unlikely to go away on its own once it has started. However, the problem is likely to get even worse, as rat population growth is extremely rapid. This is why it’s so important for business owners and managers to put in place preventative measures and respond quickly to any indication of an infestation.
Make your premises uninviting to mice and rats by implementing the following measures. Specifically, you should ensure that your building is well-sealed, including around windows and doors. You can also keep mice and rats away from your home by taking away their food and water sources. Keep floors and countertops clean by addressing dripping and leaking faucets immediately.
It’s time to call in the pros as soon as you notice an infestation starting to take hold. Commercial pest control Vaughan is a specialty of ours at Truly Nolen, where we have a team of specialists. We take a comprehensive approach to rodent infestations, removing current rodents and preventing future rodents from entering your property. In addition to rodents, fleas and ticks are also addressed as possible vectors of infection.