Rodents are responsible for the spread of over thirty-five diseases worldwide. Their foraging habits cause them to come into contact with decay, rot, and bacteria. Rodents spread illnesses directly by leaving their urine and feces in food areas or ventilation ducts, and indirectly through ticks, mites, and fleas that feed on their diseased blood. No business wants to have pests around. They are a danger to workers and a contamination threat for stored foods. Here are four ways to keep rodents out of your business.
Seal up cracks. Mice come in through the holes. The first course of action is to seal them up. Use a caulking gun to fill in any rotted holes or gaps until you are able to repair those areas. Be sure to look in hard-to-see areas. Rodents prefer to chew on areas that are dark and hidden from view. Check all of your window and door screens to ensure that they have no rips or tears. Screens don't keep rodents out, but monitoring screens will help you see if a rodent is trying to get in.
Prevent access. Your business is vulnerable on the roofline. Use sharp, pointy wire mesh to keep rodents from crawling across wires to get to your roof. Stuff steel mesh in the bottom of downspouts, so water can pour down but rodents can't get up. Cover your chimney with a window-grade screen. And cut back any trees that allow rodents to drop down onto your business.
Remove clutter. Rodents are attracted to cluttered and overgrown places. Keep the area around your business free fr om overgrowth and weeds. Store construction materials like plywood, two-by-fours and other wood products away from the exterior walls of your business. Put all trash in sealed cans. And get rid of clutter. If rodents aren't exploring your property, they won't be exploring the walls of your business to get in.
Get year-round pest service. The most obvious reason to have year-round service is to have your perimeter and roofline sprayed. This keeps rodents from squeezing in through the holes or chewing new holes to squeeze in through. But a pest company can also teach you exclusion methods and offer structural modifications to keep your business rodent-free. It doesn't hurt to start the conversation.
Don't wait for rodents to get inside your business. Get proactive and keep them out. It will protect your business from contamination and cost less in the long run.