Mice and rat infestation can sometimes happen in manufacturing plants and other facilities when these pests create their nests inside these facilities. There are some ways to know if a manufacturing plant already has an infestation.
Signs of Infestation
Mice and rats, love to gnaw like any other rodents. They will chew doors, windows, and utility line. Gnawed packaged foods and boxes in the food storage area are a sign that rats or mice are just nearby.
The burrows of these rodents can be found outside the plant, such as under sidewalks, ditches, under floors, and platforms. They can also create holes and dig around the foundation of a building. However, these rats can also create burrows inside a facility and may stay in dark-hidden areas of the kitchen or food storage area.
Rats and mice continuously release fresh droppings anywhere they pass by or anywhere they gnaw. Seeing fresh droppings is an indication that a rodent infestation is already in place. Search for places that are commonly visited or even cleaned, near walls, and behind objects.
Rats usually leave a distinct smell that indicates their presence. When these rats live together, they create a strong foul smell that is hard to miss.
Rats usually run by rubbing their skin against the wall. They usually do this so that they can find their way, especially when it is dark. Search for possible smears along walls, and in openings where rats seen.
Protect Your Establishment
To avoid mice and rats from even entering your establishment, make sure to:
Remove their source of water
There are different ways for these rodents to gain access to water, especially in commercial places. Faucets may sometimes be left opened or there may be leaks on the pipes. Make sure that these areas are usually checked and fixed when needed.
Remove their source of food
Trash containers should always be sealed, especially at night when all the workers are gone home. It is also necessary to dispose garbage boxes, paper bags or in cans, food scraps and wrappers properly.
Remove their shelter
Trash should not be allowed to accumulate near the premises. Doors and windows should always be closed. It is also important to close all holes in walls and floors that are found. Check places that are not always checked and get rid of any items that are not necessary inside the facility. Make sure that the company also follows the right procedure in IPM or Integrated Pest Management and that the entire staff are trained to spot possible infestations to properly control and eliminate them as soon as they are found.
Protect your business from rodents. At the first sign of rats and mice in your property, contact Horizon Pest Control for a Free Inspection. For more information, visit Commercial Rat Control.