Rats are drawn to restaurants much like bed bugs are drawn to beds; a restaurant has virtually every source of food and shelter imaginable for a rat colony to thrive. No restaurant in Canada, or anywhere in the world, is completely safe from a possible rat infestation; however, there is evidence to suggest that restaurants within large urban centers may be more prone to rat infestations than restaurants in rural areas. Rats like areas with large amounts of people since this gives them endless opportunities for easy access to food, water, and shelter. Although it can be nearly impossible to make your restaurant 100% rat-proof for its entire duration, there are indeed steps you can take right now to ensure that rats try another place instead of yours. While these measures can ensure that rats are deterred, consulting a pest control professional in Cambridge is always the best course of action, especially if you are currently battling a rat infestation.
Trash and garbage are the main triggers that precipitate rat infestations in restaurants. Rats have an acute sense of smell and the more rotted and decayed the thrown away food and scraps are, the more enticing the food becomes to rats. Rats have scavenging behaviors that cause them to seek out thrown away or discarded food first before they ever attempt to get a hold of fresh food. Ensure that all trash is sealed inside of one bag and then sealed inside of another bag. Outdoor dumpsters should be regularly cleaned, and the sealed bags should be sealed once again inside of the dumpster. Opt for dumpster pickup as often throughout the week as possible to prevent the food from attracting large swaths of rats.
If your restaurant is located in areas where water run-off is plentiful, you will want to take even more guarded measures to make sure all trash is secured to prevent giving the rodents food on top of the water they are freely getting. Rats also like cluttered and disorganized areas, which can sometimes only naturally occur in storage rooms or even certain parts of kitchens. Always ensure that kitchen and storage areas are uniform and absent of as much unnecessary clutter as possible. Clutter is just as much of a rat attractant as exposed food and water; therefore, you will need to regularly clean and organize your business to make the establishment less attractive to rats who prefer to hide in clutter.
Make sure that any outdoor foliage is kept neat and trimmed; never allow grass to become overgrown or wild. Always check the piping both indoors and outdoors to check for entry holes created by rats or holes that rats are using to enter the restaurant. Work with a contractor or a pest control professional to have any holes immediately filled.
Rats can spell bad news for restaurants and every restaurant should have regular inspections for rat activity. Follow the above protective measures to ensure an infestation never occurs.