Rats and other species of rodents can have a devastating impact on businesses, particularly those operating within the food industry. Not only can they cause an outbreak of foodborne illnesses, due to the diseases they spread, but they can also have a negative effect on brand reputation, operating costs and revenue.
The research showed that out of all the different species of pests, rats are the most destructive pest for businesses.
Why are rats the world’s most destructive pest?
It may or may not shock you to learn that 49% of businesses report electrical damage caused by rodents.
Rats have a pair of continuously growing incisor teeth in both their upper and lower jaw. As a result, they have to continuously gnaw on objects to wear them down and prevent them from becoming too long.
Rats and mice are known to gnaw on electrical cables. Not only is this a major fire hazard when they gnaw through to the copper and the wires short out, but it can also result in the failure of electrical equipment leading to production downtime.
The findings from our report showed the true impact rodent infestations can have on a business.
Over a quarter of the businesses, we surveyed reported damage to electrical equipment following a rat infestation, with nearly half of them confirming that the damage caused to machinery was directly caused by rats.
For businesses operating in the food industry, and in particular food manufacturing facilities, this can have a large impact on the production cycle. Our survey discovered that food-focused businesses lost an average of 8 working days due to rat infestations.
It’s not just the food industry which can be affected by rodents, as 20% of all the businesses we surveyed reported machine downtime.
How to prevent rats
Ensuring the necessary procedures are in place to prevent these rodents is the best way to keep your business safe from rats.
Connected pest control
Rentokil’s Connect is an innovative pest control solution that utilises the Internet of Things to support businesses that are legally required to demonstrate a high level of hygiene and those who have high-value assets to protect.
AutoGate is designed to effectively control and monitor rats and provides rapid protection as soon as an infestation occurs. It uses a smart gate mechanism to allow access to bait placed inside bait stations.
The advantages of AutoGate:
- immediate and automated response
- real-time reporting of incidents and access to data via email, SMS and a customer portal
- complies with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation
- safe in high-risk areas
- wireless technology
- reduced risk of damage and financial penalty
- improves safety for staff and customers
Integrated pest management
An integrated pest management programme provides an effective solution to manage a rat problem. By using a combination of common-sense practices it can proactively prevent and eliminate an infestation from your business.
There are 4 core principles to Rentokil’s integrated pest management service:
- Exclusion: eliminating the opportunity for rats to enter your property
- Restriction: taking action to restrict pests following an identified pest problem, including removal of food sources and harborage
- Destruction: exterminating rats from your business using the latest technology
- Monitoring: Continuous monitoring to ensure the infestation doesn’t return.
Need an innovative, proactive way to protect your business from rat infestations? Get in contact with the experts at Rentokil today.
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