What You Need to Know About Rats In Commercial Properties
There are few things business-owners would less want to hear from a customer than “I saw a rat!” Rats (and other rodents) are among the most common pests that can make their way into commercial properties, particularly those specializing in the food service industry. The presence of a rat will not only damage your reputation, but it can also put your licensing at risk. This blog post will show you how to get rid of rats from your business before it hurts your bottom line.
How to Get Rid of Rats from Your Business
Prevention is definitely the best option when it comes to rats! Whenever possible, you should be doing what you can to discourage them from getting into your building at all.
First, keep up on your maintenance. Don’t allow cracks or holes in your walls to go unfixed, and have someone frequently do walkarounds checking for exterior holes. Rats can squeeze through surprisingly small holes, so it’s important to be thorough.
Also, deny them what they want: food and water. Garbage should be kept in secure bins with tightly-sealed lids, and any food should always be stored in air-tight containers. Packages which can be chewed open, like bags of rice, should be kept high off the floor. As for water, fix any leaks promptly, and never allow water to pool on the ground. (This spells major compliance issues for businesses.)
Sometimes even the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry, and rats get into your building anyway. Here are some of the most common signs:
- Droppings, which are small brown-black pellets.
- Scratches or chew-marks on soft surfaces, a few inches off the ground. Rats must constantly gnaw on things to wear down their teeth, so it’s a big giveaway.
- Chewed-open holes.
- Nests made of insulation, shredded towels, etc.
- Their tracks. They have a central pad, with two smaller pads below, and four toes splayed forwards.
- Scurrying sounds or squeaking in the walls.
Also, rats are like cockroaches. If you ever see one, that means there are almost certainly many more out of sight. Particularly since rats are social creatures and like to form groups whenever possible. You should be taking action the moment you even see signs of their presence. Read on to learn how to get rid of rats.
Trapping vs Killing
For those who want to learn how to get rid of rats in commercial properties, is it better to kill them or trap them? There are pros and cons to both. However, we can say this: do not use poison in a commercial setting. Besides the obvious health and safety risks, rat poison doesn’t work immediately. The rat will crawl off to die, and it could die almost anywhere. That could leave you with decaying rats in the walls – a situation even worse than live rats in the walls.
So, if you’re going to exterminate a rat, consider standard insta-kill rat traps. If you decide to trap them, you’ll have to find a way to release them where they won’t do more harm, pose a threat to others, or find their way back to your property.
How to Deal with Rat Infestation: Expert Pest Control
From a single sighting to a full-blown outbreak of rats on a property, consider calling in the pros to get rid of rats. Expert Pest Control is the leading partner for commercial and residential pest management. We routinely inspect for and rid properties of rats and rodents, and work with business owners to prevent recurrence. Quite simply, we know how to get rid of rats.
Contact us for a full on-site evaluation, and to learn how implementing a pest maintenance plan could safeguard your business from an unwanted rat infestation.