The calendar says winter starts on December 22 and that means Rattus norvegicus, rattus rattus and Mus musculus are feverishly searching for new digs or have already set up shop indoors for the winter season.

Why are Norway rats, roof rats and the house mouse suddenly in the mood for a change of scenery? Rodents aren’t total numskulls – they want to get out of the cold, and find food and water just as much as the next nuisance pest. And your business, with its warmth, affordable shelter and potential food sources, is the ideal place to call home.

The Sprague Pest Experts are no strangers to the migration habits of rodents. We’ve been working with these nasty, crafty vermin for decades and know exactly how to put the “no vacancy” sign in your window to keep rodents out. We also know how to evict them should they somehow set up residence in your warehouse or restaurant.

Rodents, like all pests, are opportunists and will take every inch (and them some) you give them. Leave a loading dock door open for too long or prop open the back door to allow some fresh air to come in and bingo rodents will jump on it like bargain hunters on Black Friday.

Once rodents gain access to a structure they are harder to eradicate; identifying and eliminating the source(s) that attracted them inside is an important first-step to ridding a structure of these unwanted pests.

In commercial accounts such as food processing and handling facilities, and hospitality venues, the usual attractants are spilled food or raw commodities and water. Think of the amount of flour, milk, sugar, and water present in a large bakery on a daily basis? Think also about the high volume of deliveries in and out of the facility; rodents often punch their ticket inside a structure inside boxes, shipping containers or commodities such as grain.

The Sprague Pest Experts deliver a comprehensive, IPM based rodent management program for commercial accounts and suggest you to take the following steps to help curb existing rodent infestations:

  • Closely inspect incoming shipments of boxes and commodities for signs of rodent infestation.

  • Practice good sanitation – clean up spills on the production floor and in storerooms.

  • Don’t let standing water or liquids accumulate.

  • Make sure commodity storage areas are rodent-proofed; storage containers must have tight-fitting lids, bags must not be ripped or left open.

  • Take out the garbage – make sure garbage and waste is disposed of properly on a frequent basis.

The Sprague Pest Experts are always available to answer your questions about rodents (and other nasty pests!) that threaten your business. Send us an e-mail at with your comments or questions and we’ll be happy to get back with you with an answer.


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