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Rodents

With over 2,000 species, rodents make up the largest group of mammals. They are a very diverse group in both size and habitat, ranging from the Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, the female adults of which weigh less than one tenth of a pound, to the South American capybara, which can weigh up to 145 pounds.

Rodents can cause tremendous property damage to your business, harming the curb-appeal of your public-facing building. In addition, most species of rodent have health risks associated with them, leaving your employees and patrons vulnerable to serious illnesses from these unsanitary pests. 

Don’t let rodents ruin your business reputation any longer. Rentokil offers rodent removal services that are uniquely designed for every industry type and can help you get rid of rodents and prevent their return. Contact us to learn more today about our trusted rodent control services.

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Characteristics of rodents

The distinguishing feature of rodents is a pair of continuously growing, incisor teeth in their upper and lower jaw. These teeth grow throughout the life of the rodent so it must continuously wear them down to prevent them becoming too long – that means gnawing on things.

Rodents tend to be social animals, living in small to very large colonies. They also have the ability to breed rapidly in favorable conditions, which is one of the reasons why they are such a concern when you have an infestation in your business.

The majority of rodents are herbivores, feeding on seeds, nuts, roots, tubers, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit. Some are omnivores, eating meat such as insects opportunistically.

Rodent infestation

If you’ve got a rodent infestation, it’s essential to deal with it immediately before it becomes worse. Common signs of a rodent infestation include:

  • Droppings
  • Footprints
  • Rub marks
  • Gnawed food remains
  • Teeth marks on property and goods
  • Nests and burrows
  • Sounds in the attic and under flooring

Rodent prevention

In order to frustrate rodents’ efforts to dwell in your business, try to get rid of places where they might be able to nest - such as piles of leaves. Remove sources of food and water. Additionally, close up any holes or cracks that could provide rodents access to your building.

Rodent control service

There are many reasons for businesses and organizations to control rodents:

  • Prevent damage: rodents can damage buildings and their fittings such as electrical wiring and plumbing as well as packaging and goods.
  • Prevent and eliminate contamination: almost every type of food in storage or processing is subject to rodent attack or contamination.
  • Prevent disease: rodents can carry a large number of diseases that affect humans and animals.
  • Conform with the law: national and international laws and regulations require control of rodents in property and ships for purposes of health and safety. Failure to comply can lead to prosecution.
  • Prevent financial loss: caused by damage to goods, compensation, litigation and loss of trade.
  • Prevent loss of reputation and goodwill: the presence of rodents on commercial premises and damaged goods are unacceptable to other businesses and the public.

Handling rodent issues is best done by a pest control professional. At Rentokil, we are prepared to address your situation so that these creatures are no longer a problem for your business.

If you’re concerned about rodents on your property, contact us to learn more today about rodent control.

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