There is not a lot worse for your company’s reputation than multiple mouse or rat sightings, especially if you are running a restaurant. Mice and rats are abundant on the streets of Portland and Seattle and once they have been seen in your place of business, it can be very hard to gain back the trust of your clientele. In some cases, even the most loyal of patrons may not return because of one bad experience. This is one problem that you definitely never want to deal with.
The easiest way to establish rodent control is to avoid it in the first place. Once they make a home of your building they are very difficult to evict. Follow these simple tips to greatly increase the success of your rodent pest control efforts:
Remove food sources – This is the most important item on this list. Most often, food is what brings these animals into your business. Do not leave any food sitting out overnight. Make sure all counter tops are clean and wiped down, sinks are clear of dirty dishes and trash receptacles are empty.
Remove water sources – Rodents will also be attracted to any water that is left out. Make sure to empty any cups or bowls and drain all sinks before leaving for the night.
Organize cluttered areas – Rodents make their nests in low traffic areas where there are many things to hide behind, including cardboard boxes and empty crates. The more cluttered an area is, the more attractive it is to mice and rats. Cleaning and organizing will eliminate many nesting sites.
Sanitize – Clean and sanitize those hard to reach areas that build up dirt and food scraps, including under refrigerators, stoves, file cabinets and heavy desks or other furniture.
Seal off entry points – Check all around the exterior of your building for possible entry points and seal them off. A rat can fit through an opening of ½ inch and mouse can squeeze through an opening of just over ¼ inch. Common entry points include rips and tears in screens, cracks in walls and foundations and openings for vents or pipes. Covering these openings with ¼ inch wire mesh usually does the trick.
By implementing these rodent exclusion techniques and working with your pest management professional you can protect your customers, staff and facility as well as your brand. Simple mouse traps and DIY solutions are not the answer; a partnership with a pest control professional is the best way to ensure complete rodent control for your facility.
If you have a rodent problem in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, or elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions, call the experts at Sprague Pest Solutions. Sprague offers customized commercial pest control solutions that will eliminate rodents and other pest activity.
This blog was originally published on November 28, 2011, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating rodent problems.