Don't Let Rodents Check-in to Your Hotel
By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | May 19, 2010
Rodents are a problem not only because of the diseases they can carry - salmonella, typhus, plague and Hantavirus, among others - but also because of the damage they can pose to your business. A rodent sighting in a restaurant or bar area, or worse in a guestroom, could severely damage your reputation and result in the loss of customers. Outraged guests can call the media, or in an even worse scenario, a severe infestation could cause the health department to shut down the establishment temporarily or even permanently.
So how can you help ensure that your guests will enjoy a rodent-free stay? By removing the amenities that make your establishment hospitable to rats and mice in the first place, namely food, shelter and water.
Unlike your paying hotel guests, rodents are not picky eaters, and the promise of food is always a strong incentive. In hotels, rodents can find food virtually everywhere - in the garbage, the hotel restaurant, in guestrooms and even on leftover trays in the hall.
Minimizing these food sources should be a core feature of every rodent prevention plan. Floors, especially in rodent hot spots like the kitchen, should be kept clean and free of food debris, and any food left out by guests should be promptly thrown away.
Trashcans and dumpsters outside your hotel are also great sources of food and water for rodents. The odors from these units will attract rodents, and their contents can be a food source for other pests, as well. Outdoor trashcans should have tightly secured lids, and dumpsters should be cleaned and rotated on a regular basis. By making food inaccessible to rodents, you will greatly reduce the likelihood that rodents will come to dine.
Since rats and mice are unable to regulate their body temperature like most mammals, even temperatures as mild as those in the mid-50s can bring them inside, searching for warmth. But careful upkeep of your hotel can go a long way to making sure that rodents won't enter the building.
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