How To Protect Your Business From Rats and Other Pests

How to help prevent rats and other pests from invading your business premises; preventing pests accessing food, water and shelter. Spotting an invasion.

Ways to help ensure your business only plays host to intended visitors

Pests of all types from common flies to perhaps the most disliked of all – rats – can cause a considerable disruption to business activities especially those involved in catering or food preparation in any way. Taking steps to keep the pests at bay will literally pay off.

The rat and other pest threats

In general, if you inadvertently provide a welcoming environment for rats and other pests, they’ll soon take you up on your unintended invitation.

In general terms, pests are attracted to environments where food, water and a degree of warm shelter is provided, so denying them these basics will minimise the risk of infestation.

Quite apart from it being unpleasant to have pests such as rats in your midst, many spread diseases and can cause damage and disruption. Rats are especially nasty visitors; they can cause much damage through gnawing through wiring, plaster and some steel – and they spread diseases harmful to humans such as Weil’s Disease and salmonella poisoning.

The bad news is their numbers are growing in the UK.

Preventing a rat visit

Basically, it’s denying food, water and shelter. Here are the main preventative measures to take:

Water – rats don’t need much water; between 15 and 60 ml a day is enough but they do need to drink each day. A shallow pool of standing water or a dripping outside tap is enough to attract them.

Food – rats are known for eating just about anything, so all types if foodstuffs should be denied them.

Don’t leave food lying around and keep it in secure containers. Even the remnants of a sandwich left lying around in the office rest area is an attraction to a rat.

Ensure waste bins in and around your premises are emptied frequently – especially those containing food debris.

Ensure outside bins are closed securely at all times and don’t let them become over-filled; beware leaving plastic sacks of rubbish in accessible locations, and any food debris should be cleared from outside areas as soon as possible.

Shelter – rats and other rodents are very nimble and can squeeze into small gaps so easily entering a premises via a small hole or other vulnerability.

Check your premises doesn’t have any obvious gaps in brickwork, roofing or elsewhere; if it does, get them repaired or filled properly. Beware pipe and drainage weak spots; rats can swim up pipes so any damaged pipework may need repairing.

An experienced local expert such as this Southend pest control service in Essex can help prevent pest threats by assessing your premises and pointing out vulnerabilities.

Have you already got a rat infestation?

You may already have unwelcome visitors to your business premises. A few ways to spot if you have:

Noises – a scratching coming from the roof area could indicate an invasion. Some rats are adept climbers and can get into roof spaces quite easily.

Tracks and footprints – these can be identified in dustier areas.

Marks on walls and skirting – rats tend to scuttle along close to walls and surfaces such as skirting boards, so can leave streaks on these surfaces from their dirty fur.

Burrow areas – some rats dig burrows to nest, shelter and store food. These tend to be in outdoor areas such as gardens, but if your business premises has an outdoor area and you spot grooves and holes dug into the surface it’s a sign that rats may be present.

Get help fast

A visit from a few rats can soon turn into a multitude as they breed very quickly, so if you are concerned about rats whether from a preventative point of view or you think or know you already have them, then talk to local pest control experts straight away.