Rats and Mice are one if not the most common pest complaint. A rodent infestation in the home or workplace can potentially have very serious consequences, posing a significant threat to human health. A rodent infestation in the home poses a wide range of risks. Rats and mice have been known to cause fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables. They have also caused severe flooding by puncturing water pipes with their razor-sharp teeth. Rats, in particular, pose a substantial health risk to humans, carrying potentially fatal diseases such as E-coli, salmonella, Weil’s Disease and tuberculosis (TB). Rats also carry ticks, fleas and mites which can cause severe allergic reactions in humans.
If you have a rodent problem in the home, it is strongly recommended that you employ the services of a pest-control professional, since many common over-the-counter solutions – such as rat poison – can end up infecting food and food-preparation surfaces if deployed incorrectly. It is also very important to ensure that all rodents have been eradicated and that preventative measures have been put in place to avoid another infestation occurring.
In any business, the risks of a rodent infestation are precisely the same as those described above. However, businesses involved in the preparation or processing of products designed for human consumption – such as food, beverages or pharmaceuticals the risks are significantly greater. In these cases, a rodent infestation of any description can lead to enforcement orders, fines and criminal prosecutions. Not only are such actions likely to make the news headlines, they can also ruin your commercial reputation, possibly forever.