Archive for Rodents

Signs of a Rodent Infestation in Your Warehouse

RatYour business’s warehouse is a hub of storage and distribution, but it can also be a perfect place for rodents to hide. Both rats and mice prefer hidden areas away from predators, especially when they are nesting. Although you may not see the rodents in your warehouse, there are telltale clues that point to an infestation. At Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, we want your North Carolina business to be rodent-free.

Excrement

The simplest way to determine a rodent infestation is through excrement discovery. Commonly overlooked as pebbles or rocks, rat and mice droppings are typically near walls where they scurry in the night. Appearing black or brown, these pellets can even be slightly shiny. Take a strong flashlight and shine it along the warehouse’s perimeter. Try to access hard-to-reach areas to find even more excrement evidence. By following the droppings, you may even discover their main nesting area.

Travel Clues

Become an investigator by looking for travel clues. Look along ceiling beams, pipes and side passageways. You are looking for paw prints, tail marks and even greasy stains. Rats and mice move through confined spaces to find the best areas to hide, allowing their fur to catch oil, grime and grease. They may leave that grease directly on your clean warehouse floor. Any areas with lumber often leave fine sawdust on the floor. Examine this area as well for paw prints in the dust.

Chewing Evidence

You may run a clean warehouse, but rodents make a mess in corners and along walls. Inspect any wood, such as fixtures, pallets or even cardboard boxes. Rodents chew on these items, leaving gnawing marks and sawdust behind. You may be able to follow the gnaw marks to their main hiding place, or the chewing area could be confined to one spot. Call Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control if you’re unsure about your infestation’s severity.

Nesting Instinct

Rodents naturally want a safe place to nest, but they also need materials. Your warehouse is potentially full of choice items, including newspaper and packing supplies. Take a look at your loose materials, pinpointing any torn or missing areas. Rodents literally shred materials to create a nest when they are ready to reproduce. Finding damaged materials gives you an idea of what to look for in any known hiding places.

At Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, we strive to keep your warehouse clear of all rodent infestations. Keep your business and employees happy and healthy with our professional services today.

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Mouse Sighting in the Office: What Should You Do?

MouseA mouse sighting in your office can be stressful, creating problems not only for you but also for your employees and clients. Because mice can spread diseases like Hantavirus or carry ticks and lice that spread other diseases, there is a significant health concern at the point a mouse is identified in your facility. Additionally, employees may react fearfully, an issue that can prove counterproductive for your business. Sanitation issues can be especially serious if your facility handles consumable goods, but it’s important to deal with the problem quickly and efficiently no matter what your business focus may be. Working with a pest control company that uses a comprehensive approach to managing issues with mice is an important first step.

Rodent Access

As your pest control professional deals with ridding your office of mice, you will need to consider some steps to avoid attracting the creatures in the future. In some cases, activity in your district may lead to the increased activity of rodents in the area. Construction is an example. In other cases, structural deterioration may have created a point of access. Mice can make their way through very small holes, and they can do a lot of damage once they are able to nest in your facility. Your pest professional will investigate for signs of additional critters, and will attempt to identify the presence of nests. You may want to engage in a comprehensive sealing effort to ensure that access is eradicated. Consider using steel wool in conjunction with sealing materials to limit the ability of mice to chew back into an area.

Attractions for Pests

Another major concern may be food policies in your office setting. It’s important to restrict consumption of food to designated kitchen and break areas so that crumbs aren’t easily found by hungry mice. A thorough cleaning routine should be instituted for your dedicated eating areas. Additionally, it’s important to encourage responsible food management on the job as your employees can make a major difference in the success of your efforts.

Professional Support

Limiting the access rodents have to your facility can be important for protecting your office equipment and important systems. Rodents can chew through wiring, affecting your phone system, electricity or Internet connections. In addition to adapting office policies to avoid attracting pests, it’s wise to work with your pest control expert from Clegg’s to monitor for additional pests or recurring breaches of your facility over a period of time. You can call Clegg’s at 1.888.MR.CLEGG to get help today contact us online.

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