The importance of pest exclusion in protecting commercial property

By Dave Colbert

F.From food supplies to public health to the structural safety of buildings, rodents pose an immense threat that many people underestimate. When the weather gets colder, rodents will redouble their efforts to get inside buildings. Rats have been known to gnaw in search of food and protection through plastic, wood, aluminum, brick, cement, and even lead. They can squeeze through tiny openings, climb wires and rough surfaces, swim considerable distances, and tread water for several days. They are not easily scared off.

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However, it is of the utmost importance for facility management teams to keep them away from buildings to protect those who live and work in them. Pest control experts around the world agree that exclusion – the use of physical barriers to prevent rodents from even entering a building – is the safest and most effective tool in the fight against rodents. Once inside, it’s too late.

Rodents cost the world economy billions of dollars each year¹ and eat or contaminate at least 20 percent of the world’s food supply.2 In a year, a single rat can shed more than half a million body hairs and a mouse up to 18,000 feces.

All rodents carry diseases such as rat bite fever, hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, mouse typhus and even the bubonic plague. Inside, rodents can quickly wreak enormous structural damage by chewing their way through walls, floors, support beams, and cables, causing short circuits and even fires.

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