Top Things To Do To Prevent A Pest Infestation While Closed (COVID-19)
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime situation. Most businesses have been hit hard, many critically. In the interests of the common good, many have proactively decided to even close. At Pest Pulse we know this has not been an easy decision for many of our customers and we applaud the admirable step they are taking.
When choosing to close your business for an extended period of time it is important to protect against an unfortunate, unintended consequence that it creates in that it significantly increases the risk of a pest infestation. Mice have a gestation period of 20 days, a few unwanted visitors can very quickly turn into a huge issue if left unchecked.
To help in some small way, we have come up with a few relatively simple steps that business managers and owners can take to keep pests out while you are closed. I’ll run through them below.
Step #1 - Inspect for possible entry points
The most effective form of pest control is pest exclusion, keep them out of your premises in the first place. Sweep your premises for entry points, particularly around cabinets, interior walls, attic and crawl spaces. Seal any potential entry points with steel wool, caulk, or 1/4″ x 1/4″ metal mesh.
Tip - A gap of just 6mm, the width of a pencil, is all that a young mouse needs to squeeze through to gain entry. In general though, the hole usually needs to be 20-30mm in diameter. These will need proofing.
Step #2 - Clean Up with rodents in mind
It sounds simple and it is, but it’s very effective. Pests are like us; they all need food, water and somewhere to live. If your premises doesn’t give them those essentials, they’re less likely to be a problem for you.
The most obvious steps are;
- Make sure that cookers / stove tops, kitchen counters and tables are free of food scraps.
- Make sure there is no loose food left in drawers or presses, put them in sealed containers.
- Rinse food and beverage containers before discarding. Finally, ensure all sinks are clean and free of moisture before you leave.
Step #3 - Tidy Up anything a rodent can use for nesting
It’s not enough to be clean, you need to be tidy too. A messy area is an ideal nesting site and you need to remove that attraction. Declutter your premises of papers and any similar materials. Clear any piles of wood/debris that might be lying around in the garden. What’s most important is that you then cover up and secure rubbish bins and compost containers. All that cleaning and tidying isn’t worth anything if the bin falls over and opens.
In summary, I know that pest control is certainly not top of mind right now for many of us. But as we plan to return to normality in the near future hopefully these few simple steps taken now can really help prevent pest issues forming while you are closed.
To all our customers who have already closed or are closing soon, we wish you a speedy reopening. Our smart devices will continue monitoring 24/7 and the team are always on hand to if/when you need us for callouts and will of course prioritise your next routine check up as soon as you reopen.