Ratatouille might have been a cute Disney movie but the reality is that rodents are a nasty little fact of life for restaurant owners.
And it’s just bad business (not to mention bad public health) when rodents can make your Phoenix restaurant their home.
If you can catch and evict them before they’ve made a home in your restaurant, the better it will be in the long run. Often restaurants are too busy to notice points of entry and evidence of rodents before it’s too late.
Cancel rodent reservations at your Phoenix restaurant when you know what to look for and have regular super awesome service from Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination to keep your restaurant clean and free of unwanted guests.
Menu for Rodents in Your Phoenix Restaurant
You have food and rodents like to eat. It’s that simple.
Out in nature rodents eat fruit and seeds but in more urban settings they will eat anything humans leave behind. Rats are among the worst; eating almost any human trash they can get their mouths around including fish and meats.
Rodents love salt and have been known to eat shoes and clothing just for the salt content.
Keep floors and surfaces free of food, crumbs, and scraps. Store dry goods in sealed containers and be vigilant about looking for signs of rodents before your restaurant becomes infested.
Signs of Rodents
While you’re busy taking care of customers, rodents are looking for places to enter your restaurant. Doors, cracks and holes are among their favorites. Regular inspection of the building for signs of rodents will help prevent an infestation.
Rodents, such as rats are messy, leaving gnaw marks, droppings, grease from their bodies, and urine marks wherever they spend time.
They do this to attract other rats to your buffet of culinary goodness. Their waste contains pheromones so it’s important to clean their mess and get rid of them as soon as you see the signs. Otherwise you’re just putting out the “dinner is served sign” for rats in the neighborhood.
Not exact the kind of lunch rush you want to see at your Phoenix restaurant.
Rodents & Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists 11 diseases transmitted by rodents through their urine, saliva, or droppings. Among these is Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which is spread when breathing in dust of rodent droppings or urine and a 38% mortality rate.
While other diseases aren’t as deadly, they can make customers and employees sick, increasing the potential for a lawsuit.
It’s important to the health of your customers, employees, and business to be diligent in looking for signs of rodents and to keep your space clean at all times. One lawsuit for just one case of HPS or other rodent-related disease could put you out of business. And let’s be honest, very few people are excited to eat at a restaurant that has received violation notices.