How to protect your company
from the risks associated
with rodent invasions?
Rodents are a potential source of nuisance for a company. It is therefore urgent to take steps to rid your premises of these unwanted critters. Here are some solutions proposed by pest prevention experts in Montreal to protect your business from the risks associated with rodent invasions.
Preventive measures against rats and mice
The presence of rodents on your company’s premises represents a danger not only for the equipment installed there, but also for the stored material. Cohabitation with rats and mice can also upset your company’s staff, and tarnish their reputation.
To avoid the unpleasant situations that these rodents could create, several options are available to you. With regard to pest prevention, certain provisions are required.
Block all possible access routes for rats
This strategy is proven effective, especially since it keeps rodents outside your buildings and minimizes the risk of infestation.
To prevent rats and mice from entering your buildings, it is therefore essential to check for probable holes or openings in the structure of your buildings.
Adopt good hygiene rules within your company
In concrete terms, it is a question of establishing a good management of waste, food and stocks likely to attract rats to the premises of your company. These elements should be kept in preferably steel containers, waterproof, covered and well protected.
Regular cleaning of the premises is also essential to limit the risk of rodent entry.
Install rat capture traps
There are several types of rat traps. Between gluals, spring traps, and capture traps, traps to capture the live animal are the most recommended options. This equipment makes it possible to attract rodents to a cage with the help of food bait. A non-lethal option that allows them to be captured alive even if it means releasing them into their natural living environment.
Hantavirus, definition and mode of transmission
Hantavirus is a severe lung syndrome caused by a virus. It is secreted in the urine, feces and saliva of infected animals. Most often these are rodents. When humans come into direct or indirect contact with these secretions, the virus is transmitted to them. Ditto when they are bitten by infected rodents.
However, the virus is not transmitted from human to human, only from animal to human. This type of disease is called zoonoses because they can only be transmitted to humans through an animal. It has been found that domestic animals (apart from the domestic rat) and livestock cannot contract hantavirus so there is every reason to believe that only rodents can carry it.
Symptoms of hantavirus
Being a lung disease, one of the characteristic symptoms of hantavirus is difficulty breathing. At the beginning of the disease, the infected person begins to feel fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.
It is about two weeks after the appearance of the first symptoms that they are usually accompanied by a feeling of shortness of breath. Nevertheless, this last manifestation of the disease can be observed after two days as after six weeks; it depends on the organism of the individual.
Hantavirus can also lead to kidney disease or infection. And although they are rare and very few people are prone to them, there is currently no treatment to combat these ailments. It is therefore better to be careful not to contract them.
Measures to combat rodent infestations
In case of rodent invasion, the response is more delicate. The main solution that is required here remains deratization. Professionals have non-chemical treatment methods, but could also offer outright extermination.
The use of rat poisons, however, is an extreme measure that occurs in the event of failure of other possible non-toxic efforts.
Before proceeding with the deratization, an inspection is necessary to make an inventory of the risks. The treatment will be based on this assessment which will make it possible to identify the situation and to determine especially the type of rat causing the nuisance.
Beyond the expenses related to the work of specialists, the operation can cost the company. Deratization usually requires a temporary closure of the premises.
Routine checks against rats
To protect your business from the risks associated with rodent invasions, it is essential to have a plan to fight rats and mice. Thus, despite the introduction of preventive measures, it is recommended to opt for routine checks against rodents.
During these appointments, which must be periodic and regular, your pest manager reviews the condition of the buildings. Using adapted tools, professionals inspect the premises for the presence or absence of rats.
It is also an opportunity to review the anti-rodent prevention plan put in place. This measure is also part of the prevention of new infestations, if your company has already suffered from them.
Rodent invasions are especially to be feared when your business site is close to homes. Domestic rats that may end up in nearby homes can easily migrate to your premises.
Call on qualified technicians
Whether it’s the implementation of preventive measures, response in the event of a rodent invasion, or routine control, call on the Exterminator Montreal service. Pest management technicians are specialized in pest prevention, rat control, but also in rodent extermination.
The group of rat exterminators in Montreal accompanies you in the development of your plan for the control and control of rats. Beyond the interventions, we offer you advice and free quotes in case of inspection.
Indeed, Exterminateur Montréal is a company specializing in the field of pest management. We are located in the Montreal area of Quebec. Our service offerings are also available throughout Greater Montreal:
- St. Michael of the Saints;
- St-Lin of the Laurentians;