How to prevent rodent infestation this winter
What measures can be taken to prevent rodent infestation, what are the danger signs to look out for and what steps should be taken if infestation occurs?
Rodents are most prevalent in the colder months as they seek refuge indoors, looking for both shelter and food. Rentokil notes that the danger signs to look out for include droppings along walls or in enclosed areas such as cupboards or under sinks; an ammonia-like smell; damaged stock and damage to fabric; nesting material; gnawed wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials; and grease marks from rodents brushing up against objects.
The preventative measures recommended by the company are:
- thorough, regular cleaning
- stacking crates and boxes 70 cm away from the wall to enable checking behind them
- educate staff on the risks of infestation
- seal up holes in the building to keep rodents out
- ensure all pipe-work is in good working order, clean drains regularly to avoid infestations and unblock gutters
- if a rodent is seen seek professional advice immediately; and
- set up a contractual relationship with a pest controller, rather than hiring one on a reactive basis to ensure there is no risk of recurring infestations.
The steps to take if rodent infestation has occurred, according to Rentokil, are: arrange immediate removal with rodenticides handled by qualified technicians, get rodent proofing and design advice, and schedule regular rodent control visits to prevent further outbreaks.