Nothing angers restaurant-goers more than the potential for unsafe or uncleanly food coming out of a kitchen. After all, when you go to a restaurant, you trust that their safety standards are adequate and that the food will not make you sick or cause any issues.
But for many restaurants, it can be a difficult task to deal with rat infestations, which are known to occur in homes and businesses alike, as the small creatures can fit into small spaces and wreak havoc for months unless they are dealt with credibly and severely.
The small rodents are able to enter a building through a variety of methods. The most common is simply finding a hole in the foundation or wall of a building.
Weather and time wear down these outside barriers, and unless they are filled regularly, rats can find a way in.
Additionally, depending on the size of the building, an attic or roof open has openings between shingles or holes in the exterior of the roof, since such issues are checked for much less frequently than holes or issues closer to the ground.
Rats can also enter a building through those methods, as they only need a hole to be about 2 inches in diameter in order to squeeze in.
Once they find their way into a restaurants, rats begin to cause damage and create an unsafe environment. As they are a rodent, rats are known to chew on anything and everything in their sight.
These targets can include insulation, wooden structure and wires, potentially creating additional issues with fire risks and they could undermine the structural integrity of the building depending on the extent of the damage.
The most important reason to keep rats out of restaurants is their disease-carrying ability, as many dangerous problems can be transmitted via rats.
While the rats may not be infected with a disease, they can spread the diseases through droppings, waste and any rat bites which may leave saliva behind.
The problem is exasperated by the fact that rats will seek out food whenever they can, which makes kitchens and restaurants a great target for the creatures to infiltrate.
In order to avoid any food-borne illnesses or issues with customer safety, restaurants understandably take such issues seriously.
Inspections for safety issues often target whether there are rats in the kitchen, and if there are found to be any, restaurants may be subjects to fines, forced closings and other consequences.
If you think you have a fox problem in your building, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you.
Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves.
All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.