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Why your office is a good home for rodents

How do you keep your office pest free this winter?

As the temperature drops, watch out for the Black Rat, the Brown Rat and the House Mouse! These pesky rodents will find warmth and shelter in your office.

Here’s how you can prevent them from making themselves at home.

During winter, one of the biggest threats to health and hygiene in your office is rodents. There are several places in the average workplace that are perfect habitats for mice and rats.

Luckily, knowledge is power when it comes to deterring these critters from setting up camp in your office. Here are our top tips on how to prevent this problem before it begins.

Why rodents love your office during winter

Warmth and shelter

Like most creatures, rodents want to be warm in winter. So your cluttered office is their dream house. These little guys are attracted to any area that provides shelter and protection from people, predators and the cold. That messy quiet corner no one has had time to clean or that storeroom filled with miscellaneous junk is the perfect place for them to hide out.

Food and water sources

Office kitchens are notorious for being dirty and unhygienic. Dirty dishes piled high in the sink, lunch scraps left on benches and cupboards filled with poorly stored food are just a few examples of how these areas are a haven for hungry rodents. These conditions are perfect for mice and rats, as they will always have a food source to rely on. What’s worse, is the thought that one dropping of rodent faeces contains up to  100,000 salmonella cells, which can be ingested by humans through cutlery and cookware.

With rodents in your office, your staff are at serious risk of infection.

Easy access areas

Holes in the walls or ceiling provide the perfect opportunity for rodents to make their way into your office. Keep in mind that they can fit through the tiniest of spaces, so even the most inconspicuous maintenance issues can be used as their front door. Fixing these problems is essential to ensuring they are less likely to make their way into your workplace.

Easy prevention tips for your workplace

Declutter before the cold sets in

Getting rid of those prime hiding spots is essential to warding off rats and mice this winter. Your office should be cleared of as much clutter as possible – even in areas like cupboards and storerooms. Get your employees to tidy and organise their work stations to minimise the opportunity for rodents to find comfortable, warm nesting areas throughout the building.

Prioritise cleaning

It’s not uncommon for an office to get so busy that cleaning is pushed to the bottom of the priority pile – but in winter, you can’t afford to do this. Making sure the kitchen is always adequately cleaned – and especially at the end of every work day – is essential to keeping rodents away. Preventing them from accessing food and water will ensure they can’t survive in your office. Wiping down all surfaces, regularly cleaning out the cupboards and fridge, and ensuring your employees properly store their food in air-tight containers is the best way to do this.

Invest in prevention services

If your office is prone to attracting rodents– or if you simply want to add an extra barrier of protection – investing in a prevention services is a good idea. If you prefer a professional touch, you can approach a professional team with an expert deterrent service. Services may include a full pest management program and baiting system, as well as a disinfection service to address what rodents leave behind.

Preventing mice and rats from calling your office home in the winter months doesn’t have to be hard. Follow our simple tips and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a rodent-free workplace.

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Published
23rd May 2018
Author
Kathryn Bush, Research & Innovation, Rentokil
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