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Dealing with commercial pest control
When it comes to effectively and discreetly dealing with commercial pest infestations, early intervention is key. Whether you are dealing with rodents or stored product pests, the earlier you get a professional on the scene to address a pest infestation, the better. It is critical for you and your staff to be aware of any indication of pest activity in your establishment to ensure professional intervention as early as possible. Take a look at these five signs of a commercial pest infestation that you and your staff can identify.
- Pest Droppings
Pest droppings are the classic sign off a pest infestation. Check your establishment for any faecal droppings or urine trails. Remember, while rat or mice waste can be easy to spot, waste from smaller pests, like bed bugs, is often harder to see. Therefore, a thorough examination is crucial. Always instruct staff, especially housekeeping and cleaning staff in a hospitality facility, to examine all bedding, furniture, floors, walls, etc. for any evidence of pest droppings.
- Evidence of nesting
Rodents will typically make nests out of whatever they have available to them, including shredded paper, grass clippings and leaves. They will often nest in discreet places like underneath flooring or between walls. Thus, performing regular thorough inspections for signs of nesting is important.
- Grease marks and grease tracks
Grease marks and grease tracks can signal a rodent infestation, as mice and rats tend to travel by the same paths, leaving a tell-tale greasy trail. Rats are known to run along walls and will often leave dark grease spots wherever they go.
- Physical damage to structures
Physical damage to your building, such as holes and gnaw marks, can be an indication of a pest infestation. Rats and mice love to chew, so gnaw marks on furniture or wiring is a huge red flag. Small holes in floors or walls are also sign of an infestation. Also be on the lookout for damaged wood, such as wooden furniture and outdoor wooden decks. This is a major indicator of a termite infestation. If you notice unexplained property damage, contacting a professional is important to help identify any underlying or visible pest issues.
- Damaged plants
Keep an eye out for insect trails, as well as gnawing on the edges of grass blades or outdoor garden plants. Damaged patches of lawn, such as uneven grass length or large brown, dead patches, can also signal an infestation. If your lawn or garden begins to show signs of an infestation it may be caused by a mole, voles, beetles, grubs, Chinch bugs, crickets, flies, or other pests.