Shopping malls, multi-tenant office buildings and large workplaces are like paradise for rats. There is plenty of food and water available, and the environment is perfect for hiding and nesting. A rat infestation can happen quickly and easily, unless you take steps to prevent it.

Rats are very intelligent and adaptable creatures. They can enter your shopping mall using whatever items are available to them, such as electrical wires, railings, pipes, ducts, and tree branches. Also keep in mind that rats can squeeze through a hole that is no larger than ¼-inch.

These creatures have adapted well to our urban environment. They can multiply quickly in places with poorly managed environments and easily available food and water sources.

The best way to prevent a rat infestation in your industry and commercial property is to eliminate their food and water sources. Make sure that all food is properly stored and that there are no leaky pipes or other sources of water. You should also seal up any holes or cracks that rats could use to enter your building. Regular inspections can help you to identify and eliminate potential rat problems before they become serious.

How do rats spread disease?

Rats are known to spread a number of diseases to humans, including the bubonic plague, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis. They pick up viruses in the same way human beings do: with their fingers and mouths. “They’re hanging out in alleys, by garbage cans, and in sewers,” Corrigan explains. “All those germs get picked up on their feet, and they eat them.” (Luckily for us, we can wash our hands.)

Who is responsible for dealing with rat infestations ?

In South Africa, pest control responsibility falls on the facility to manage, and pest control companies such as Kempston Cleaning Services assist their clients with that. It’s important to note that your pest control service provider cannot go it alone and pest management should be viewed as a team effort between the two. This means that in order to maintain legal requirements, facilities such as retail stores, restaurants, or canteens must be designed and kept such that pest entry and harbourage is eliminated.

If you already have a rat problem, it is important to act quickly. Rodents carry diseases that can be harmful to humans, and they can cause damage to your property. A professional pest control company can help you to get rid of rats safely and effectively.

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