How to Get Rid of Mice & Rats in Your Restaurant

How to Get Rid of Mice & Rats in Your Restaurant

Discover Restaurant Pest Control Solutions to Eliminate & Prevent Rodent Infestations

As people throughout the New England area and the rest of the world continue recovering from the pandemic, rodent activity has increased.

Mice, rats, and other rodents have taken advantage of the brief lull in activity in commercial spaces to move in and nest. As a result, restaurants have seen an uptick in mice and rat activity, making restaurant rodent control even more critical.

Safe food storage and cleanliness aren’t the only issues that can derail a health inspection. Evidence of mice and rats in a restaurant can be the difference between passing or failing. Professional restaurant pest control, such as the rodent control services offered by Catseye Pest Control, can eliminate these critters, and prevent them from returning.

Importance of Restaurant Rodent Control

Professional pest and rodent control can help restaurants avoid equipment damage caused by rodents while ensuring guests and employees remain safe, healthy, and happy.

Mice and rats in a restaurant can cause a ripple effect that can ultimately impact the business’ bottom line. If a customer sees a mouse or evidence of rodent infestation, it will undoubtedly leave a bad impression that spreads throughout the community and beyond.

Not only will rodent infestations drive those customers away, but it will also increase the odds of getting negative reviews, which can have a lasting effect on business. 

Health and safety are significant pressing issues. Rats, mice, and other rodents carry more than 35 diseases that can spread to humans. Common rodent-borne conditions include leptospirosis, hemorrhagic fever, and hantavirus, a common rodent-borne illness that affects the lungs and causes symptoms like fever, muscle aches, and shortness of breath.

Many common diseases spread through human contact with mice and rat saliva, urine, and feces. In addition to carrying pathogens that can directly cause human illness, these critters can also introduce ticks, fleas, and mites into interior spaces. The pests add a menu of additional problems to the mix. 

How to Prevent Mice & Rats in Restaurants

One of the most effective ways to get rid of rats in restaurants is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place.

Start by conducting a thorough walkthrough of the kitchen, dining areas, and exterior. Mice and rats can enter buildings through cracks as small as a dime, actively gnawing tiny openings as needed. Proactive, preventive steps include:

  • Filling holes, cracks, and gaps in exterior walls.
  • Sealing spaces around windows and doors.
  • Promptly repairing roof damage.
  • Moving dumpsters as far as possible from the exterior of the building.
  • Trimming vegetation and branches away from the building.
  • Repairing damage to sewer pipes.

When restaurants call Catseye for a free inspection, trained pest and wildlife control professionals walk through the space, completing a through inspection.

In addition to looking for evidence of rodents and other critters, they look for entry points mice and rats can exploit, along with other potential problems. But identifying these issues is only part of the solution.

To prevent these critters, and many others like bats or squirrels, from accessing the building, Catseye’s state-of-the-art exclusion system will need to be installed.

The Commercial Cat-Guard Exclusion System offers a natural, safe, humane, long-term solution to rodent problems. Cat-Guard provides a barrier that protects common entry points like exhaust vents, rooflines, spaces behind appliances, sanitation lines, and more.

How to Get Rid of Mice, Rats & Rodents in Restaurants

Female mice and rats can have as many as 12 babies every three weeks, which is a recipe for disaster. Therefore, complete control needs to be top priority for restaurants that attract mice, rats, and other rodents.

Getting rid of rodents requires more than setting traps or baits.

Thorough removal consists of a three-point approach that starts with rodent control.

Although restaurant owners can attempt removal and cleanup on their own, it is not advisable. Using poisons to control the population can taint highly regulated spaces that must remain free of contaminants.

Instead, restaurant owners should rely on highly trained technicians to use rodent stations to catch and remove mice and rats from restaurants.

Once removed, professional disinfection services will eliminate droppings and sanitize the impacted areas, returning the restaurant to its once rodent-free condition. In the third step, professionals seal openings to keep mice, rats, and other rodents from entering in the future.

How Often Should Rodent Control be Done in a Restaurant?

Commercial spaces cannot approach pest and rodent control as a one-and-done process.

Ongoing monitoring is needed to ensure critters don’t return, and continuous control measures are necessary to keep other nuisance wildlife at bay.

How often pest control is needed depends on various factors, including the types of pests invading the building, the conditions, and location of the establishment. Working with a professional pest control service is the ideal way to establish a customized treatment and prevention plan for ongoing pest control.

Professional pest and nuisance wildlife technicians will develop a plan to control pests to help ensure the business is safe and clean for employees and customers alike.

Year-round pest control relies on programs tailored to the business’ unique needs to getting rid of rodents, eliminating other pests, and maintaining the conditions needed to pass health inspections.

Contact Catseye for Professional Restaurant Pest Control

The question isn’t just how to get rid of mice in restaurants — it’s how to keep them (and other pests) from ruining the business.

The solution?

Professional pest control services administered by experts with decades of experience providing inspections, preventative treatments that don’t interfere with business operations, and exclusion for superior protection.

Don’t let mice, rats, or other critters become unwelcome guests in your restaurant. Contact Catseye to schedule a free inspection today.

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