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Commercial Rodent Elimination

Rats and mice are an indication of unsanitary conditions. Given their history of spreading disease, it's easy to see why they can repulse customers. Just one rodent sighting can easily drive clientele away for good, result in negative inspection evaluations and even shut down your business. Rodents also destroy valuable food inventory and their gnawing and burrowing can cause costly structural damage.

Keep Rodents Out

Ecolab’s rodent prevention and elimination programme protects your facility from rats and mice. The best way to manage risk is through an integrated approach to pest management, using a range of techniques, tools and systems that achieve long-term control of pest activity. An ‘outside-in approach’ focuses on minimising activity in high risk areas, tracing back to the root cause. With regards to rodents, the outside-in approach means reducing rodent pressure on the exterior, establishing a solid barrier to keep them out and responding quickly to eliminate interior activity.

Ecolab’s Outside-in Approach to Rodent Control

There are three layers to complete rodent protection;

1. Outside

This is the first line of defence – identifying and reducing pest pressure externally is often the most effective long-term solution for establishing and maintaining a pest-free environment.

  • Harbourage – deny harbourage sites such as overgrown vegetation or ‘rubbish’
  • Food – ensure waste is stored correctly in secure containers
  • Water – remove standing water

PEST FACT: Did you know, each day mice only need 3g of food and rats 30g?

2. Entry

Potential entry points need to be monitored and modified to reduce risk of rodents getting into the building.

Some of the most common rodent entry points include;

  • Doors
  • Structural holes or damage
  • Gaps in expansion joints or around pipes
  • Vents
  • Delivery and loading bays

PEST FACT: Did you know, that mice can squeeze through a hole as small as 6mm?

3. Inside

The presence of rodents inside the facility indicates that there has been a breach across the first two layers of protection, therefore it is required to:

  • Monitor
  • Harvest – mass removal of large infestations through trapping
  • Eliminate – complete removal via strategic placement of traps and attractants

 A Comprehensive Pest Programme

Ecolab’s comprehensive pest programme combines an outside in approach to pest control with on-site consultation, data-driven reporting, 24/7 customer support and educational tools to raise staff awareness on how they can prevent pest activity.

When you partner with Ecolab Pest Elimination you can be confident you are getting innovative, science-based solutions to keep your customers and staff safe and your facility pest-free.

THE ROOF RAT  (RATTUS RATTUS) is a common type of rodent

Rodent Facts:

  • Because they often live and travel in garbage, sewers and other unsanitary areas, rodents can spread bacteria and illnesses such as Salmonella, e.Coli and dysentery.
  • If you can fit a pencil into a gap or hole, a mouse will be able to wiggle its way through that 1/4 inch (0.635 cm)-diameter hole as well! 
  • Ever wonder why rodents gnaw? Because their incisors never stop growing, they need to chew and gnaw on things to keep their teeth from growing into their skull. 
  • In 6 months, a single pair of mice can eat 4 pounds (1.80 KG) of food and contaminate 10 times that amount with urine and droppings. Also contaminating packaging and food-contact surfaces with the 18,000 droppings they produce in the 6 months. 

Rodent Videos

Rodents: Mitigating Public Health Risk

This webinar recording discusses the implications of COVID-19 on rodent activity, how you can be proactive about rodents in your facility and case studies where effective pest elimination solutions were implemented to help resolve rodent issues. 

Rodent Readiness

Be ready for the possibility of rodent infestation. Rodent readiness covers all areas of repelling, eliminating and removing of rodents from your business.

Rodent Attractant

This video illustrates the highly effectiveness of Ecolab's rat and mouse attractant bait.

Rodent Articles


Rodent Defense: The Science Behind Rodent Control

A winning playbook for rodent defense and food safety.
The dangers of rodents have on Food Safety

Food Safety 101: Inspecting Winter Deliveries for Rodents

Whether your food facility is located in the frigid north or hot south, winter months mean cooling weather which can significantly impact rodent behavior.
two norway rats (RATTUS NORVEGICUS) are common types of rodents

Common Types of Rodents to Look Out For

Rodents present a significant risk to food safety due to their ability to vector and spread diseases. Here are the common rodents you should look out for.

Educating employees on rodent prevention

Employees, Your First Defense Against Rodents

Because rodents are prolific breeders and rarely seen during the day or when operation is in full swing, an infestation can develop quickly and your employees need to know how to act quickly.

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