Dealing With Rodents in Restaurants

July 28th, 2021

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If you own a restaurant in the Tampa Bay area, you know rodents can become a headache that detracts you from what’s most important: running your business. Although you are in the food industry, and food attracts rodents, you can take several steps to decrease the chances of getting a rodent infestation.

Here, we cover a few simple steps you can take as precautions. You should still consider hiring a Tampa rodent removal professional to help you spot potential entryways and decontaminate your restaurant if you are already experiencing signs of rodent infestation.

Check The Nooks and Crannies

Restaurant kitchens are a labyrinth of tight spaces, dark corners, and unexpected hiding spots. This is one of the reasons rodents love to live here, as it is easy for them to hide and remain unseen even in the middle of your restaurant’s rush hour.

Not only are these small spaces great hiding spots for rodents, but they are also difficult spots for restaurant employees to find and clean. This means a double win for rodents: a safe place to hide and plentiful snacks. Therefore the more gaps you can fill, and the better you clean up and store your food, the less you attract rodents.

Lastly, make sure you check for exterior cracks that rodents could be using to make their way inside. Don’t forget to check areas higher up for entry points as well, like poorly fitted window screens or missing roof tiles.

Improve Your Garbage Disposal

It’s important to take the garbage out frequently and cover it completely to avoid attracting rodents. You’ll also want to opt for a long walk when you take the garbage out because the further away the dumpster is from the building, the better.

Keeping the dumpster area as clean as possible is also helpful. Avoid piling garbage outside of the container or leaving recyclables in a pile near the dumpster that would create an ideal hiding spot for rodents.

Why You Still Need Tampa Rodent Removal Services

Rodents, such as rats, are very smart. They will try to find a way to enter your restaurant either through vents, the roof, or any hole they can find. We also recommend hiring a professional to inspect for entry points in your property and assess if you have a rodent problem. They will be able to take care of it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

At Alford Wildlife and Pest Management, we provide free rodent inspections and are knowledgeable on rodent extermination techniques. Our Tampa rodent removal services include removing points of entry to prevent the future return of rats or rodents, rodent removal and decontamination, and repairs to insulation damaged during a rodent infestation.

Learn more about our services today, and submit your information to get a free inspection from our certified professionals.

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