What effect can a couple of measly little rodents no larger than your average household hamsters have on your business?
Actually, a pretty massive one.
When these pests find their way into your place of business, they can take hold very quickly, destroying your inventory, driving away customers, and potentially even putting you out of business.
So let’s discuss what to be on the lookout for when these threatening pests take over.
When you have a rodent infestation in your place of business, the damage can quickly spiral out of control, as we discussed in a previous post about the dangers of rats in your restaurant.
Rodents will get into just about anything, eating nearly every type of food they come across. And because these pests are known for spreading a variety of diseases including rat-bite fever, lymphatic choriomeningitis (LCMV), hantavirus and more, everything they come into contact with could become contaminated.
But it doesn’t stop there.
After they’ve satisfied their voracious appetites, rodents will continue to exercise their incisors by gnawing away at electrical wires, pipes, and insulation, creating serious structural damage and risk of fire.
Rodents are a business owner’s worst nightmare.
But as a business owner, you have more than day-to-day problems to reckon with. In the larger scope of things, you have a reputation to uphold – a reputation that can quickly crumble faster than a shake of a rodent’s tail.
And no matter what you do, once you have a serious infestation, your business is in jeopardy.
Stay silent and you’ll risk a customer discovering a rodent on their own (imagine the horror!) Close down to rectify the problem, and you’ll lose revenue that way, not to mention all the gossip.
Really, it’s a losing proposition either way, and will threaten everything you’ve set out to build.
And as if it isn’t bad enough having to reckon with a rodent infestation on your own turf and deal with the major threat to your facility, having rodents on the premises can also lead to legal repercussions.
Restaurants, in particular, can face significant fines and can be temporarily, or even permanently shut down by the public health department for a failed safety inspection. Not to mention, if you fail to comply with health and safety regulations, you can face some serious fines and lawsuits.
This is definitely not an issue you can afford to sweep under the rug, because it’s only a matter of time before your rodent harboring will become public knowledge.
Loss of Revenue
No matter what way you spin it, everything always seems to boil to money. Whether it’s pounds of wasted, rodent-contaminated food, gnawed electrical wires that now need repair, or the flocks of customers that you’ll be driving away, it all comes down to loss of revenue, which, as a business owner, can mean the end of the line.
So don’t take the risk. Instead, check for signs of rodents in your facility, because early detection can mean the difference between a mere nuisance and a closed business.
To get started, download our free guide, How to Tell If You Have Rodents, and learn the warning signs so that you can protect your most valuable asset.