The coronavirus pandemic has not only affected human lives, but has also brought businesses to a standstill. After being shut for months and devoid of human activity, commercial buildings have become an ideal hideout for pests. You can only imagine the horror when you reopen your premises only to find rats running around and gnawing on your products.
Rats are one of the most notorious and destructive pests and are extremely difficult to control and remove. Not only do they munch on your food items and clutter the area, but they also cause a lot of damage to your property, equipment, and furniture.
To avoid a rat infestation and maintain the health and safety of your employees during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth investing in commercial pest control service to ensure your business remains pest-free during the pandemic shutdown.
What are the risks?
- Increase in pest population
Rats breed faster when they have good access to plenty of food. Since each litter consists of six to eight pups and these pups only take around three months to reach sexual maturity, the population of rats can increase significantly by the time your business returns to normalcy.
- Spread of diseases
Since rats live and travel through sewers and rummage through garbage bins, they are notorious disease carriers. Some of the common viruses and bacteria that rats carry include hantavirus, salmonella, tapeworms, leptospira bacteria, rat-bite fever and many more. Keep in mind that if the rat has visited a coronavirus-contaminated area, it could also carry the virus to your workplace. As it is of high importance to maintain hygiene during the pandemic, it is essential to ensure these pests don’t get a foothold in your business premises.
- Ease of infection
Rats can transfer infections in a number of ways. You could drink or eat a contaminated food item; directly come in contact with the feces, saliva, or urine of an infected rat; or simply touch a contaminated product or equipment.
- Product and property damage
Rat’s teeth grow rapidly and continuously. This leads to them regularly gnawing on items to cut short the length of their teeth, which is why you will often find gnaw marks on wood, aluminum, plastic, paper and other items when rats are present. As a result, rats can cause a lot of damage to your products and your commercial property. The pandemic has affected the finances of businesses everywhere and any damaged products or merchandise will only be an additional cost to deal with.
- Contamination of food products
It is essential to ensure that any food that your business provides isn’t contaminated. If the food is contaminated and consumed by your customers, not only will it make your customer sick, but it could also result in a lawsuit. You can minimise this risk by ensuring any rat infestations are kept at bay.
- Financial loss
A rat infestation not only poses a risk to the health of your clients but also to your business. It can add unnecessary expenses such as the cost of replacing contaminated products, repairs to property damage and machinery and repairs to the premises.
What are the challenges?
- Rats are intelligent
Rats are not only fast and good climbers, but they are also smart and choose their hideouts carefully. Often people leave their roofs unsecured, thinking rats only enter from the lower level. However, one of the common ways that rats enter the area is through the rooftops. This is why it is essential to check the roofs too and not just the basements.
- Rats are nocturnal
They are most active during the night, making it difficult to find them, locate their nests, or to identify their presence at an early stage. However, this could lead to an increase in the population. That is why you must always check your commercial premises to ensure the absence of these pests.
- Rats are adaptable
Since rats are intelligent and versatile, they are rarely attracted to the baits set for them. If something looks new or if they are unsure of an object they will approach it with caution and try their best to avoid it, this is why most bait systems fail at controlling them.
Why use commercial pest control services?
- Effective pest control options
Some effective commercial pest control options include using snap traps, baiting systems, glue boards, pest control units and others as a means to control and remove rats from your business premises.
- Pest proofing
The best way to pest-proof an area is by:
- Eliminating any entry and exit points in the area
- Disposing of waste effectively
- Storing food items securely
- Eliminating any food or water sources
- Fixing any leaks
- Securing the drains and rooftops
- Using effective commercial pest control services
We hope that this article has made you aware of the importance of commercial pest control during the coronavirus pandemic and the risks you run by ignoring rats. To protect your client’s health, you should invest in commercial pest control services and use pest control solutions as often as you can to avoid a pest invasion within your business area.
About the Author:
Muzi Tsolakis is the founder of Protech Pest Control in Australia that is famous for its efficient pest control services in Melbourne and its cost-effective rat pest control treatments.