Rodents Getting Inside Commercial Buildings
December 5, 2016
Rodents such as rats and mice do indeed cause terrible and serious types of damage to commercial buildings if they gain access to these properties. They damage such facilities as warehouses, far and feed storage buildings, food processing buildings, manufacturing facilities, retail business, office complexes, hotels, public utility operations and more.
When buildings are in an urban area, rodents tend to cause more damage in buildings that are older and that are poorly maintained, needing serious repairs. Also, note that when there are plants, refuse, wood piles and food that are near locations where rats are already living, then the rats and mice tend to like to take over these areas as well.
The truth is that there are many sorts of water, air and land transportations systems and their various respective infrastructures that also deal with serious problems regarding infestations by rodents. There seem to be concerns particularly regarding infestations related to the transportation of agricultural products, food and feed.
Rodents eat and waste a lot. For instance, it is estimated that one average rat will eat approximately half of a pound of feed in a week, but it will most likely contaminate and waste up to ten times this amount, which is tragic and causes a real financial loss, especially if there are many rodents.
Rodents have been known to even attack, eat and damage the electrical cords of freezers in retail supermarkets, which causes a lot of loss in damaged food products that have thawed due to a lack of the freezers working properly. The various health and safety departments do not allow this food to be sold to the public once this type of situation happens.
Furthermore, rodents are great at being able to massively destroy plumbing, insulation, electrical wiring and other important structural parts of buildings. In fact, damage to insulation by rodents can result in the loss of several thousands of dollars in just a few years. Also, take into consideration the fact that the energy loss sustained by these damaged building as a result of rodent infestations causes even more financial loss due to higher energy costs.
Rodents can create very hazardous fires by the damage that they cause to electrical wiring in buildings. Rodents have even been known to nest in electrical panels, which can unfortunately result in the loss of commercial property and can be very dangerous to the safety of humans if they are present in the area when the fires take place.
Rodents are widely known to be carriers of diseases. Some diseases that they are able to spread to humans are leptosirosis, murine typhus and slamonellosis. In addition, they are able to potentially carry swine dysentery, sarcoptic mange, tuberculosis and brucellosis--these are disease from rodents that can harm livestock and family pets.
Therefore, it is very evident that it is necessary to take the most effective means in being able to reduce the damage that rodents can potentially do to commercial properties. This means that it is imperative to make sure that the construction of a building is as rodent proof as possible. It does seem that newer buildings are more adeptly built and are better able to keep out rodent infestations.
The reality is that completing the design and construction of a building that is fully rodent proof is much less costly than trying to deal with proofing a building against rodents at a later time. But this does not mean that caution is to be ignored completely. Even the best constructed building that is rodent proof can become infested with rodents if there are poor maintenance and poor management practices going on. For example, by leaving unscreened windows open and entry doors open definitely invite rodents to come in. This is not intentional of course. But it does happen.
There are things that you need to look into as well regarding both old and new constructions. The junctures where pipes and cables are found to enter buildings do need attention in order to be able to prevent rodents from getting in. There should be as much sealing around these junctures as possible as allowed by the building laws.
Both mice and rats are able to climb and run along pipes, ropes, cables, electrical wires, poles, vines, trees, electrical wires, fences and more in order to gain access to entering a building. They are able to climb nearly all vertical surfaces that are rough enough to give them the traction and grip they need, which includes things such as brick, weathered sheet metal, wood, concrete and various plastic products as well.
They have the ability to crawl horizontally through augers, conduit, pipes, conveyors and underground systems such as underground communication lines and underground utilities. Rodents are able to gnaw through a wide spectrum of various types of materials that include window screens, lead and aluminum sheeting, rubber, wood, fiber glass, vinyl and even low quality concrete blocks.
Because of all these things that mice and rats can do so easily, the reality is that they can cause a lot of damage. Probably many would never have guessed that rats and mice could chew through concrete blocks. But there is evidence that they can. So, the reality is that if someone owns commercial property, a person must always do their best to keep rats and mice away as much as possible to keep the commercial property at its optimal best, safe for the health of those who work there and safe for the public that the commercial property serves, such as a supermarket serving the public, or a hospital caring for patients, etc.
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