Pests can be a problem at any time of year, especially in a densely populated city such as London. Aside from spotting the creepy crawlies themselves inside your premises, there are various other signs you can watch out for, because creatures often leave a trail. Time is of the essence when dealing with a commercial pest infestation, so knowing the warning signs is key. Pests such as mice, rats and cockroaches can multiply quickly so it’s best to address the infestation as soon as possible.
Luckily there are a number of classic signs which can identify pest activity. Study and remember the following giveaways of a suspected pest infestation, and be sure to train your staff in the common signs too so they can make you aware if they notice any of the warning signs.
Evidence of nesting
At this time of year when the weather turns cold, pests will often come indoors to build a warm nest. Nests are often constructed in dark, warm places such as between walls and under floorboards, and they may not be easy to spot. However you could notice some indications as rodent nests are often made with leaves, shredded paper and anything else they can find. If you notice any gaps in the building, internally or externally, keep your eye on it for signs of a nest.
One of the most noticeable signs of pest activity is droppings. If there is a rodent invasion in the building then at some point you will find small droppings and possibly urine, usually near a food or water source. However it is unlikely you will spot faecal matter of smaller bugs such as ants.
Damage to furnishings or furniture
Unexplained physical damage is a huge indicator of a rodent infestation. Rats and mice will chew on anything, from skirting boards to electrical wiring. You may notice gnaw marks on furniture or small holes in flooring or walls. If you do spot this type of damage it is crucial to contact the experts straight away to identify the pests responsible, before they cause further destruction.
A pest infestation can happen at any office, hotel or restaurant. Save your reputation by acting fast and contacting a reliable pest control service to eliminate the problem as quick as possible.