Rodents and other pests can be a real problem for businesses, especially in London where office space is hard to find at a decent price. Even some of the most prestigious offices in the capital have a pest problem, and have gone to extreme lengths to fight it. Recently, the Foreign Office in the King Charles Street building has adopted an office cat to keep mice and other rodents away.

Image of Office BuildingsIf you’re looking for a cheaper way to protect your office from pests this summer than hiring a mouse catcher, then Regional Contract Services has the answer. Try our top tips to repel those pesky rodents and other irritating pests.

Rats

The best way to deter rats from any building is to prevent access to food, water and shelter. We’re not just talking about inside the office, but outside too – do you have a messy yard that’s full of junk? It’s difficult if you have a shared office building, but try and get a facilities management team to tidy up. Rentokil advises placing rubbish in metal bins with securely fitted lids, to avoid rats getting in for a quick snack.

Indoors, you should also make sure that all bins are emptied regularly, and food is kept in containers. If you’ve spotted rat droppings, prevention may be too late and it’s probably best to get the pest experts in.Image of a rat

Ants

Ants can be a problem during the summer especially. Again, prevention is the best action and the advice is generally the same for keeping all pests at bay – keep food covered up, and clean kitchens every evening. You should also fill in any crevices around doors and windows where ants can enter. There are many different species of ant and if you end up with an infestation, it can be expensive to control.

Cockroaches

These vile creatures can live and breed all year round, and your office is perfect shelter for them. The best way to prevent cockroaches is to kill their food source and water source. As well as emptying rubbish daily, you should rinse all food containers and bottles before putting them in the recycling bin or trash. Also make sure you de-clutter areas under sinks and don’t leave water around overnight in sinks or buckets.

There are many pests which can cause a problem for your business, and the main advice is just to keep the environment as clean as possible, with food stored away and outdoor rubbish bins sealed. A professional cleaning services company can help to prevent pests by keeping all areas clean and sanitised.

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