The Importance Of Pest Exclusion To Safeguard Commercial Properties

By Dave Colbert

F rom food supply to public health to the structural safety of buildings, rodents present an immense threat that lots of people underestimate. Because the weather gets colder, rodents shall begin doubling their efforts to obtain inside buildings. Rats have been recognized to gnaw through plastic, wood, aluminum, brick, cement, and lead searching for food and shelter even. They are able to squeeze through minuscule openings, climb wires and rough surfaces, swim considerable distances, and tread water for many days. They’re not deterred easily.

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But also for facilities management teams, keeping them out of buildings is key to protecting those that live and work inside. Pest control experts worldwide concur that exclusion – using physical barriers to avoid rodents from entering a building to begin with – may be the safest, most reliable tool in the fight rodents. They’re inside once, it’s already too late.

Rodents cost the world’s economy vast amounts of dollars each year¹, and eat or contaminate at the very least 20 percent of the world’s food supply.year ² In one, an individual rat can shed over fifty percent a million body hairs, and a mouse can produce around 18,000 fecal droppings.

All rodents carry diseases including rat bite fever, hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, murine typhus, and the bubonic plague even. Once inside, rodents can easily cause an enormous quantity of structural damage by chewing through walls, floors, support beams, and wiring, resulting in short circuits and fires even.