Rodents in Restaurants: Exclusion and Prevention
Do You Smell a Rat?
Rodents are some of the most destructive pests you can find in your restaurant — yes, they’re even worse than your unruly customers. Known to spread disease and gnaw through walls and electrical wiring, rodents have the potential to cost you lots of time and money.
Where are rodents spotted in restaurants most often?
Rodents are frequently spotted near food, including in kitchens, dining rooms, patios and dumpsters. And one pair of rodents can birth 200 babies in four months, so they could be opening up a maternity ward inside your restaurant by next quarter.
Why are rodents a threat to restaurant diners and employees?
To start, a single rodent sighting can ruin your reputation with customers. But your reputation isn’t all that’s at risk — rodents are known to constantly gnaw and chew on materials throughout buildings, which can lead to serious structural damage and even electrical fires. Worse still, rats and mice can carry more than 35 diseases and foodborne illnesses. They can contaminate up to 10 times the amount of food they actually consume by leaving behind traces of their saliva, urine and feces. They can cause Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, plague, rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis and a host of other illnesses.
How do rodents find their way inside restaurants, and how can I prevent them?
Rodents can “suck in their guts” to squeeze through unbelievably small openings to get into your building. In fact, mice only need an opening the size of a dime, while rats can enter through gaps the size of a quarter. To help keep your restaurant free of rodents:
- Mop up excess water in the front and back of house, clean up spills as soon as they occur and fix leaks as soon as possible. Water is a powerful rodent attractant.
- Scrub floors and drains to prevent grease and grime buildup.
- Move dumpsters to a position far away from your establishment. Cl. Tightly cover and line all trashcans, emptying them frequently.
- Use caulking and/or metal mesh to close cracks and crevices in the exterior walls and foundation.
- Install a 30-inch gravel strip outside your restaurant to deter rodents from getting too close to the building.
Give Rodents a Reason to Jump Ship
Our rodent control service is designed specifically for you and your needs. On our initial visit, we’ll inspect your restaurant for key signs of rodent activity, searching the outside perimeter for potential entry points and attractants. Then, we’ll use a mini-arsenal of traps, selective rodenticides, baits and tracking powders to get the job done. Your program may also consist of the following service components:
- Exclusion: We may use door sweeps, caulking, metal mesh and other products to seal all entry points that allow rodents access to your restaurant.
- Sanitation: We’ll work with you to put together a plan to help get rid of attractants and sustain a pleasant environment.
- Ongoing Monitoring and Maintenance: We use bait and tamper-resistant traps to monitor for rodent activity, as routine maintenance and regular inspections are just part of the process for maintaining the effectiveness of your program.
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