Rats and mice are known to cause countless problems for Houston businesses. Not only do they carry diseases and parasites that pose some pretty serious health risks to your employees and customers, but they are also known for contaminating surfaces and chewing through wires, leaving behind an increased risk of fires. These pests can also have irreparable effects on your business’ reputation. With the internet and social media today, word of a rodent problem can spread like wildfire and before you know it, you could see business starting to dwindle and your reputation tainted.
Rodents make their way into businesses this time of year for food and shelter. These critters aren’t only attracted to the idea of a full belly and a warm place to reproduce, they are also attracted to moisture, such as leaky pipes, bird feeders and trash, something that is found in pretty much any home or business.
Tips For Ongoing Rodent Prevention
There are some things you can do around your business to make it a little less appealing to mice and rats. First, make sure there are no crumbs or food left out. Any food should be stored in airtight containers and floors should be swept and mopped on a regular basis. Even if you don’t have a food industry business, think about where your employees eat. Make sure the trash in your facility is kept in covered containers and is taken out on a regular basis, especially before you close up for the night. Inspect your property on a regular basis for any holes or cracks in your building and make sure they get filled. Rodents can squeeze through spaces as small as ¼” so any gaps you see, fill them as quickly as possible. Check around for leaky pipes and sinks and make the necessary repairs. Outside your property, eliminate any standing water you can, keep gutters and storm drains clear and keep your trash and recyclables as far from your building as possible.
The Benefits of Year-Round Pest Control
One of the most important investments you can make in your business is year round pest control. No matter how hard you try, it is likely you will have some sort of pest control problem at some point or another even if you follow all of the above prevention tips. Contacting a professional to go over your business’ specific needs can save you a lot of time, money and most importantly, your reputation. They know the best ways to keep rats and mice out, how to spot the signs before there is a full fledged infestation and know how to eliminate any problems quickly and in a discrete manner.