Rodents can throw a wrench in any renovation and cause costly damage to your business. Before planning any construction around your property, be sure you’ve considered your rodent control program.

What’s the Damage?

Rats and mice reproduce quickly and adapt to any space, so an isolated rodent incident can quickly turn into a full-blown infestation. These varmints can chew through electrical wires, clothing, books, and furniture and will leave grease marks along commonly-traveled paths.

Rodents don’t just cause expensive damage to your business. These pesky pests also can risk the health and safety of employees. Rodents can contaminate food and other surfaces, and can even transmit diseases to humans, including salmonellosis.

Recognizing Rodent Issues

It is extremely important to take action as soon as rodents are detected during a renovation. Inspect frequently during construction and keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs of a rodent issue:

  • Droppings
  • Footprints and tracks in dusty locations
  • Nests in burrows or wall voids
  • Gnaw marks on baseboards and other surfaces
  • Scurrying noises or scratching sounds within walls or attics
  • Odours from dead rodents or rodent urine

tip sheet to avoid rodents during renovations

To learn best practices for planning a renovation and keeping rodents at bay during construction, download this helpful guide.