Mice and rats are one of the most common pests in both the home and workplace, and it's likely that we will all encounter this problem at some point in our lives; whether we are aware of it or not. The common rat tends to live below ground in sewers or burrowing in rubbish tips, however sometimes they can be lured into our working environments too.
These pests can carry a wide range of diseases that can be passed on to humans through contamination of food or surfaces with urine, droppings and hairs. Rats, in particular, can pass on Leptospirosis, a disease that can lead to Weil's disease and can be fatal to humans. Rodents are also notorious for causing structural damage to property; gnawing through materials, including electric cables and wiring, which could cause fire or electrocution.
Rodents are normally active at night, so you probably won't see them during the day; however there are a few signs you can look out for in the office that might lead to their discovery. Key evidence can include finding partially nibbled food, packaging or other materials and small droppings. You may also find nests, which look like balls of material loosely woven together along with evidence of gnawing, tracks and burrows.
If you recognise any of these signals, you may be facing a possible rodent infestation. It's important that any infestation large or small is dealt with as soon as it is identified; mice and rats are capable of producing large numbers of offspring. Luckily there are lots of methods available for combating invasions of furry foes; from trapping to preventing further infestations.
Traps and rodenticides are probably the most common forms of treatment in an infested area; these are usually discreet methods that need to be monitored regularly in the working environment. Care needs to be taken when using these forms of device; they need to be placed strategically and sparingly to reduce the quantity of toxic poisons in any environment.
One of the more advanced forms of technology being used in the market currently to identify pests is thermal imaging cameras. This innovation in technology allows a more targeted approach to the eradication of rodents; technicians can identify areas of live rodent activity through various materials from far away distances. Compared to chemicals and rodenticides, thermal imaging provides a far cleaner and more effective way of locating and eradicating rodents.
Once the rodents are stopped it is important to reduce the risks of future infestations.