In movies and shows, a rat in a restaurant can create a funny scene but in real life, rodent infestations are no laughing matter. They aren’t cute, like the rat from Ratatouille, and after a customer or a health inspector sees one in your restaurant, it can start to become costly, aside from being just gross.
Rats can easily become one of the biggest headaches you have as a restaurant owner. If word of mouth gets around that there are rats in your restaurant, you’ll lose repeat guests fast and new ones will likely start to dwindle. No infestation is pleasant, but a roof rat one is even harder to remedy.
They do not always make themselves visible, but rats leave evidence that they are around. It’s important to notice the telltale signs of a roof rat infestation and the most common entry points in a restaurant.
At Life After Bugs, we are committed to getting rid of rodent infestations fast. Our team has the skills and equipment needed to eradicate those pesky rodents faster than you can say bon appetit.
What Is a Roof Rat?
The roof rat is a species of Rodentia, also called ship or black rats, and have a tendency to find shelter up on the roof of a building. They damage roofing materials, as they chew their way into your restaurant, and are the most common type of rat found in food-based establishments. They can infiltrate your food supplies getting into storage areas and spread diseases.
Signs of a Root Rat Infestation
You may start to notice the following signs around your restaurant that indicate a rodent presence, even if you don’t see those little furry bodies running around. Look for the following roof rat signs around your restaurant:
- Noise after dark in the walls or ceiling
- Dropping around food storage, trash, or in corners
- Teeth marks on wood or wires
- Rodent hairs anywhere near food
- Grease footprints along the walls
- Chunks of insulation gone
- Urine marks
Entry Points That Need to Be Closed
Rats are crafty creatures with the ability to squeeze into holes or cracks that are just a half-inch wide. Their pursuit of food, shelter, and warmth is what drives them. That’s why it’s vital that a rodent control service, like Life After Bugs, comes out for an inspection; they can close up all the potential entry points for rats in your restaurant, as part of commercial rodent control.
Possible entry points are doors that aren’t properly hinged, busted-out windows, air vents that have broken holes in them, or places where wiring has been chewed around. Our commercial exclusion service will seal cracks, gaps, and all entry points where rats can enter your restaurant.
Additionally, we provide extermination treatments, such as traps, non-toxic chemicals, and baits to get rid of the rodents and ensure they don’t come back.
Eliminate Roof Rats at Your Restaurant or Bar
If you suspect rodents are becoming an issue in your restaurant, give us a call today to schedule service with Life After Bugs. Our restaurant exterminators service establishments in the Houston area, including Katy, Fulshear, Richmond, and West Houston. As a business owner or manager, you know an infestation is a hazard you cannot afford, and we want to help you get rid of restaurant roof rats as soon as possible to preserve your reputation and not compromise anyone’s health.