While the recent drop in temperatures means seeing less of the pesky bugs that have bothered Canadians all throughout summer, it means the opposite for one of the most troublesome household pests – rodents. Mice, rats, and squirrels are expected to invade homes in droves this winter, searching for a warm place to spend the frosty season.
In order to raise consumer awareness regarding the health and property risks posed by rodent infestations, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), part of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has designated the week of November 15-21, 2015, as Rodent Awareness Week. Greenleaf Pest Control is proud to take part in this campaign by educating homeowners and businesses across Canada about the threat of rodents and the importance of adopting a proactive approach to rodent management in the following months.
Although rodents are active all year round, the months of October and November are especially problematic, with declining temperatures forcing them indoors to nest and forage for food.
Rodent control is often an unsettling subject – no one feels comfortable in the presence of unwelcome pests. In the case of restaurants and food processing businesses, however, the problem of rodent control goes beyond personal comfort and into significant public image and financial loss. A restaurant’s success is determined by its public reputation, and nothing destroys a hard-earned reputation faster than a rodent scurrying across a room where food is served and/or prepared.
Rodents, along with flies and cockroaches, are the bane of any food service operation, as they are directly and/or indirectly the cause of:
Tough public health guidelines against rodents exist for good reason, and the reason is that rodents carry numerous pathogens and bacteria that cause life-threatening diseases in humans and other animals.
When compared to rats, mice are almost a welcomed pest…the key word being almost. Although they may be more pleasant to look at, mice are just as harmful to health and home as their more unsightly counterparts, as they can contaminate food, spread disease, and cause substantial damage to the structure of your home.
If you have spotted mice scurrying along your floorboards, your highest priority should be getting them out, but that is often easier said than done. Many homeowners find that, no matter how many DIY treatments they perform, these pests just won’t go away. If mice have become a perpetual problem in your home, make sure you aren’t committing one of these three cardinal mistakes:
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when treating mice is relying on glue traps to do their dirty work. Not only is this method ineffective at treating an infestation, it can also be harmful to humans and the environment.
When an infestation arises, most homeowners will attempt to treat the problem on their own. Although this can be effective in removing most common invasive pests, some insects and ro-dents are more difficult to eliminate and can also pose serious health risks for your family, there-foreare best left to a professional. Not only will a professional pest management company be able to treat current invasions safely and efficiently, they can locate and eliminate the access points pests use to enter your home. If you discover any signs of the following insects or rodents, play it safe and contact a professional.
Rats and mice are one of the most common pests that infest homes, and they can also be
one of the most dangerous to your health. These rodents are host to a long list of diseases trans-missible to humans, not to mention their droppings can contaminate the food and air inside the home.
As a restaurateur or hotel manager, happy customers are your life blood. With happy customers comes good
reviews, and with good reviews comes more business. In order to ensure the success of your business, you must go the extra mile to make sure every patron has an enjoyable experience without any missteps. The problem is that these two industries provide a very personal service where people demand perfection. Even the smallest error in the service they receive can leave a bad taste in their mouth and leave your business under scrutiny. Of these errors, one of the worst offenders is pests.
Imagine you are eating a fine meal at a restaurant and you notice a rat scurry across the floor. Even if the meal was one of the best you’ve ever had, would you ever return to that restaurant or recommend it to your friends? The same goes for a hotel stay.